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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.


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.


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

Student Opportunities: Internships, Scholarships, and Submissions to Literary Journals
Posted on 8 December 2017 | 10:30 pm
  Although the semester is almost over, there are opportunities abound for English students to pursue over the break! **** internships & scholarships Charleston magazine, one of the city’s premier magazines since 1975, is offering an internship opportunity for those interested in...
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Happening: Film Club’s Premiere of “The Shelving”
Posted on 7 December 2017 | 1:52 pm
This semester, the crew of the film club has been making a short film, “The Shelving.” After finishing up two months of hard work, it’s time for the premiere! All are welcome to attend the premiere screening this Friday, December 8th,...
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College Events

Nov 18, 2017 11:00 am
SEA CHANGE is a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on...
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Nov 20, 2017 11:00 am
SEA CHANGE is a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on...
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Nov 21, 2017 11:00 am
SEA CHANGE is a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on...
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