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...]



SPRING 2024 Registration 

You can view Spring 2024 English list of courses, including detailed descriptions here.

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

You’ll find upper-level classes on: 

ENGL 305 Advanced Writing

ENGL 306 Milton

ENGL 320 Young Adult Literature

ENGL 321 The Romantic Period

ENGL 345 Nineteenth-Century American Poetry

ENGL 350 The GOAT: Toni Morrison

ENGL 364 “Americans All”: African-, Native-, and Asian-American Literature, 1865-1914

ENGL 366 Embodiment and the Writing Process

ENGL 369 Writing for the Web

ENGL 377 Poetry Writing II

ENGL 378 Fiction Writing II

ENGL 380 Literary Magazine, Publication, & Editing

ENGL 390 Alfred Hitchcock

ENGL 466 Advance Study in Writing, Rhetoric, & Publication

ENGL 475 Capstone: Beyond the English Major

ENGL 477 Proseminar Major Literary Themes

ENGL 495 Internship in the Major



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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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