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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.

 Registration for Fall 2018 Courses 

Advising season for Fall 2018 registration has begun! We kicked it off with our spring cookout on March 6. Next up: meet with your advisor to discuss your plans for next semester and beyond. Our Fall offerings include a number of exciting special topics courses (some of those cross-listed with Women’s & Gender Studies, African American Studies, and Jewish Studies), alongside returning favorites. We will also be offering a new concentration within the major: Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication. Three new courses affiliated with that concentration will be available this Fall. You can find a chart that lists courses by schedule block here, a description of all of our courses here, and flyers promoting individual courses here. For detailed information on the advising process, see a copy of the email Dr. Seaman sent to all majors here (where you’ll find links to Advising Worksheets and more).

Alumni Spotlight: Evan Berke

Everyone loves a good story: not just the kind you study in fiction courses, like Evan Berke did, but the ones created and shared everyday between people. The kind that he says “show the genuine humor, goodness, evil, crazy, and beauty in people.” And it’s the English Department at the College of Charleston that honed his skill and peaked his interest in the act of storytelling—both on and off the page, in Charleston and beyond.

As a New York based Associate Field Producer, much of that storytelling takes place on screen: whether for TMZ on TV, TMZ Live, TMZ Sports, or TMZ.com, Berke’s job “is to have thoughtful and engaging conversations with actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and other public figures about the latest news.” These conversations include interviews with people like Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Mark Cuban, Al Sharpton, Allen Iverson, and Bryan Cranston. “It is my job,” Berke says, “to persuade an A-Lister to talk to me.”

Read the rest of Evan's feature article in Folio where you'll find more feature stories about alumni in our ongoing "Sequel" series.


Student Spotlight: McKayla Conahan

As the former Editor-in-Chief at College of Charleston’s National Literary and Arts Journal Miscellany, and current Design Assistant for Cistern Yard News, Senior McKayla Conahan has always been interested in and in love with Creative Writing–only it hasn’t always been so sophisticated. “I loved reading Jan Brett books with my mom when I was six years old,” she says. It’s how she became fascinated with the marriage of writing and pictures, and how her mother came to tell her if you want more books, you’ll have to make them.

Read the rest of McKayla's feature article in Folio where you'll find more feature stories about our students in our ongoing "Find Your Voice" feature series.






Why English?

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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

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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.


Department News

Alumna Wins 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award
Posted on 11 September 2018 | 7:00 am
Raena Shriali, a College of Charleston undergrad alumna, recently won the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Shriali received this prestigious recognition for her first poetry collection, GILT. GILT is an experimental collection focusing on societal standards enforced by family,...
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Internship Position: Department Media Intern
Posted on 8 August 2018 | 11:17 am
The Department of English seeks a Department Media Intern to start fall semester and continue through the academic year. This paid internship requires a commitment of 7 hours per week, at a rate of $10 per hour. The intern will be responsible for creating and managing multimedia...
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College Events

Aug 25, 2018 11:00 am
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the exhibition The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon, featuring new work by the Italian artist Hitnes.
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Aug 25, 2018 2:00 pm
Join the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art for an artist talk with Hitnes as he discusses his exhibition and project "The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon."
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Aug 27, 2018 11:00 am
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the exhibition The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon, featuring new work by the Italian artist Hitnes.
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