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Department of English

The study of English is fundamental to a liberal arts and sciences education. English Department faculty members teach students to read perceptively and critically; to understand the historical, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature; and to write with clarity and precision.  We offer courses in literature, film, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing. Read More


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 


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.


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The Department of English's annual newsletter, Folio, features stories on alumni and current students, new professors, notes on faculty and more.


Department News

Eportfolio Tutorial
Posted on 5 May 2017 | 6:44 pm
In the first half of the Spring ’17 semester Christina, Angelica, and Aracelia joined me in taking the first eportfolio tutorial offered in the English Department. (Note: If you would like to know more about eportfolios, Kathleen Blake Yancey has contributed a short article to the Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities keyword project accessible here.) As part […]
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Creative Writing and Creative Consulting
Posted on 5 May 2017 | 11:39 am
Michael Hals, a sophomore English major with a Creative Writing concentration, started working this year as a consultant in the College’s Writing Lab, though he doesn’t often get to work with clients puzzling over poems and finessing their latest work of fiction. Yet he finds that his training as a creative writer has been an […]
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Using the 6-Word Memoir in the Writing Center
Posted on 5 May 2017 | 11:33 am
This post was originally published in the Palmetto State Writing Association’s digital newsletter by Bonnie Devet, Director of the College of Charleston’s Writing Lab with consultants Will Allen, Jalen Brooks-Knepfle, Alli Camp, Emily Clark, Chloe Field, Lauren Findlay, Wilson Ford, Antony Garruzzo, Ryan Hall, Michael Hals, Olivia Liska, Winnier Meyers, Megan Minchak, Jessica Moon, Tori Rego, Alexia Tadros, […]
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S.C. War Veterans Use Poetry for Healing in New Reading Group
Posted on 10 April 2017 | 8:51 am
Professors William Russell (English) and Bryan Ganaway (Honors College) recently established a reading group for area veterans, as reported in the Charleston Post and Courier: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/south-carolina-war-veterans-use-poetry-for-healing-in-new/article_2e3404aa-08c6-11e7-9ade-ffa6c4610d8c.html  
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