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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: Submissions for Annual Student Film Festival
Posted on 16 February 2018 | 11:32 am
…and, action! Are you a filmmaker or do you aspire to be one? The Film Club is seeking student-made films for the Annual Student Film Festival, which will take place Saturday, April 14. Submissions are due March 23, so it’s time to start shooting!...
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Papa Hemingway in Cuba Film Screening
Posted on 13 February 2018 | 1:24 pm
The Film Club, as part of the campus-wide Cuba Project, is screening Papa Hemingway in Cuba this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lightsey B08. Professor Susan Farrell will be introducing the film and saying a few words about Hemingway and his time in Cuba. In the...
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College Events

Jan 16, 2018 7:00 pm
The College of Charleston Alumni College presents an engaging series of lectures, highlighting the political culture shaped by the American Revolution - and how the War of Independence still shapes...
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Jan 19, 2018 11:00 am
The work of Roberto Diago explores the roots and role of slavery in Cuban history and culture, offering a critical voice to the discourse on racism in Cuba.
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Jan 26, 2018 6:00 pm
In this seminar, Dr. Lichtveld will examine cumulative risks associated with exposures to environmental chemical contaminants and non-chemical stressors such as stress and violence on birth outcomes...
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