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.

Read our faculty and staff's Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Antiracism here

Why English?

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. You already experience the thrill of entering other worlds, adopting other perspectives, and grappling with big questions. You already experience the satisfaction of getting a sentence just right, expressing your idea, articulating your vision.

What you might not yet know is that English represents a pragmatic course of study as well as a fulfilling one. After all, there are some widespread misconceptions about how English majors fare on the job market. When you tell friends that you want to study English, some of them might have asked, “what are you going to do with that – teach?”...[Read more...]



Fall 2023 registration 

You can view Fall 2023 English list of courses, including detailed descriptions here.

Our fall offerings include a number of exciting special topics courses, alongside returning favorites.

You’ll find upper-level classes on: 

ENGL 302 Shakespeare

ENGL 309 English Language Grammar and History

ENGL 313 African American Literature

ENGL 316 Writing and Literacy

ENGL 334 Technical Writing

ENGL 351 Studies in American Film

ENGL 360 Coming of Age in Southern Spaces

ENGL 364 Fire in Little Africa

ENGL 367 Creative Nonfiction

ENGL 369 Writing for the Web

ENGL 370 British Gothic Literature

ENGL 377 Poetry Writing II

ENGL 378 Fiction Writing II

ENGL 488 Proseminar in Cultural StudiesMedieval Feminism

ENGL 495 Internship in the Major        


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Department News

Folio Summer 2023
Posted on 4 August 2023 | 11:11 am
We hope you’ll enjoy what you read in the pages that follow, and that you’ll continue to stay engaged with the Department of English. The success of our program depends upon the involvement of our alums, so please contact department...
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Posted on 11 February 2021 | 5:06 pm
On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, the Biden Administration appointed CofC alumna Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper to the position of deputy assistant secretary for postsecondary education. She will serve as acting assistant secretary, according to reports by Inside Higher Ed and...
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Sequel: Derrick Williams
Posted on 18 November 2020 | 1:20 pm
  Welcome to Sequel, a series spotlighting our talented alumni and the strides they’ve made in their field post-graduation. Alumnus Derrick Williams can attest to the fact that our lives rarely go according to plan, but that can lead us...
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College Events

September 28th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Join the Center for Civic Engagement and the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry at this Pop-Up Service event. The purpose is to build STEM kits for preschoolers. Come as you are, whenever you can! St [...]
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September 28th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Please join the Hispanic studies department for a discussion – "Destination Unknown: How Spanish Remained a Constant Amongst Professional Twists and Turns That Led Me to a Career in Technology" – [...]
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September 28th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art for an interdisciplinary salon to view and discuss the current solo exhibition of artist La [...]
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September 28th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join the School of Business for the Free Market Speaker Series lecture, "Bad Batches & Brown Acid: Unintended Consequences of Drug Prohibition,” by Audrey Redford.Redford examines state and fede [...]
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