The Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) is a four-week, expenses-paid summer institute at Wheaton College for students between their junior and senior years, especially students from different racial, ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds, who are committed to the intellectual work of English studies and strengthening its diversity.
We are proud to be supported by a consortium of schools committed to increasing diversity in English. You can find the whole list of schools here. We are also a member of the Group for Underrepresented Students in Higher Education and Research (GUSHER), a collection of like-minded programs.
SILCS alumae/i have gone on to graduate programs at the following schools: Boston University, Brown University, Georgia State University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Long Island University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Queens College, Rutgers New Brunswick, Towson University, Tufts University, University of Delaware, University of Houston, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, and the College of William and Mary Law School.