CofC Logo

Welcome to the Department of English

Because we teach the arts of rhetoric, English faculty have a special obligation to defend and promote the open exchange of ideas, and to expose and resist deliberate misrepresentations of the past. We honor the right to free speech and will oppose the intrusion of hate speech and hateful symbols of oppression on our campus. Since we recognize that the College of Charleston, like the rest of the country, has yet to shed the vestiges of our racist history, we stand committed to working toward a fully diverse and inclusive educational environment. Read More.


Why English?

Porters Lodge Gate

If you are a student reading this page, you probably already know why you want to study English. You already feel the pull of the word and the image. You already know the pleasure afforded by language shaped into stories, poems, memoirs, and essays.  Read More 





Folio | The Department Blog

Banner image of Folio logo

The Department of English's department blog, Folio, features stories on alumni, current students, new professors, department events, and faculty accomplishments.

If you would have an accomplishment, event, or information that you would like the department to share through Folio, tell us about it.


Student Spotlight

“I didn’t really play video games or interact with video games at all during middle school and most of high school, which is rare for someone who would refer to themselves as a gamer,” Shannon Haas says, noting that these days she does in fact consider herself a gamer.

As she’s delved into the immersive world of avatars, fantastical graphics and outrageous plots, she has been struck by the hypersexualized portrayal of female characters, particularly in some of the industry’s most popular franchises. (Ever heard of Grand Theft Auto?)

Read more of this article featured on The College Today.


Department News

Research & Writing Colloquium Recap
Posted on 20 September 2017 | 5:00 am
Prof. Beres Rogers discussed her work on George Crabbe’s treatment of gender and intellectual disability. She will be presenting her thoughts at an international conference in late October. Prof. Julia Eichelberger elaborated on her research into Eudora Welty’s correspondence. Prof. Kathleen Beres Rogers has been at the College since 2008. Her exploration of George Crabbe’s […]
Read More
Professor Susan Farrell Publishes New Book on American War Literature
Posted on 30 August 2017 | 1:49 pm
What does 9/11 have to do with World War I?  What connects Delillo to Hemingway?  Is there a tradition of war-writing in America? Just released from Camden House Press is Susan Farrell’s new book, Imagining Home:  American War Fiction from Hemingway to 9/11.  The book investigates how American writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have imagined […]
Read More

More News

College Events

Aug 26, 2017 11:00 am
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will kick off the fall 2017 season with two exhibitions featuring work by Marc Trujillo and Riccarda de Eccher.
Read More
Aug 26, 2017 2:00 pm
Join us for an artist talk and gallery walkthrough with Riccarda de Eccher for her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, "Montagna." Admission to the exhibition is free!
Read More
Aug 28, 2017 11:00 am
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will kick off the fall 2017 season with two exhibitions featuring work by Marc Trujillo and Riccarda de Eccher.
Read More

More Events