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



Sophomore English major Adam Dorsheimer, recipient of the Lancelot Minor Harris Scholarship, explains what this financial support makes possible. 

Check out our student opportunites page to learn more on how you can enhance your college experience as an English major!

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 

Advising season for Fall 2023 registration has begun! It’s time to get your plans in place and meet with your advisor!

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

To determine your registration entry time, you can check this schedule. You will need to know your current number of credits, which you can find in DegreeWorks. Registration begins for seniors on March 28th.

Our Spring 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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Have you heard about our newest concentration Literature and Film?

The concentration inLiterature and Film provides a rigorous education in writing and analysis through the study of a wide variety of literary and cultural texts, from medieval manuscripts to modern films. Strong writing and incisive thinking are increasingly specialized skills that are in demand in a wide variety of professional fields. Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in education, academia, journalism, marketing, publishing, copywriting, law, and medicine. 

  English Department “In the news” 

Check out the article featuring our wonderful colleague, Professor Valerie Frazier. Valerie is the director of the 1967 Legacy Program, a multi-year initiative that aims to improve the recruitment, retention, graduation and workplace success of African American students through scholarships, enhanced and extended education support, and professional preparation, as well as research experiences around African Americans’ contribution to the College. 

See more in The College Today!


Prof. Valerie Frazier organized for her FYE class (which includes the 1967 Legacy Scholars) a Gullah Geechee Experience with Chef BJ Dennis last weekend at Joseph Fields Farm. FYE director Sarah Owens positively raved about the experience. She reports that it was a great turnout and that the students loved learning about Gullah Geechee culture and the farm—and of course eating the delicious meal prepared by Chef Dennis, who will lead the food program for the cafe at Charleston’s forthcoming International African American Museum (IAAM).
English Professor Kathy Béres Rogers, ICR conference chair, has curated two events that were live streamed and open to the public thanks to a grant she received from the South Carolina Humanities.
We are proud of our colleague's hard work!
Check out the article in The College Today!


jackson-gary-photo.jpeg Congratulations to Gary Jackson on the publication of his new poetry collection, Origin Story, which was published by University of New Mexico Press on August 15! An interrogation of cultural and personal myths, these poems take us from Kansas to Korea and back again in an attempt to reconnect with estranged family and familial ghosts divided by years of diaspora. Congratulations, Gary!



 Pres. Hsu announced late last week the premiere of a new College-sponsored documentary titled If These Walls Could Talk. The film was written and directed by Prof. Michael T. Owens, adjunct professor of English. It centers on the manifold contributions of enslaved Africans to the construction of College buildings and surrounding sites, and it highlights ongoing efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive campus community through education and racial reconciliation. The free premiere will take place on Friday, March 12, at 7pm, at the Bend, an outdoor venue on the Ashley River. One ticket per vehicle will be required for entry: Get your tickets here!

Check out the write up in The College Today!

Prof. Seaman recently interviewed Prof. Owens.



CofC Celebrates Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ and Q&A with Prof. Susan Farrell in The College Today

Former College of Charleston studio arts major Lance Miccio put brush to canvas to create 50 oil paintings depicting scenes from the novel for his exhibit, Slaughterhouse Fifty, at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. The exhibition originally debuted in 2019 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five in 1969. And now – thanks in large part to English Professor Susan Farrell – 23 of those paintings are on display in the Addlestone Library rotunda through March 15, 2021.

“As a Vonnegut scholar who is currently writing a book about the history and writing of Slaughterhouse-Five, I was delighted to help bring the exhibit to CofC,” says Farrell, who not only wrote the Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to his Life and Work (New York: Facts on File Press, 2008), but also founded the International Kurt Vonnegut Society. “I love the variety of Mr. Miccio’s paintings, their colorful and outgoing nature, and of course, the deep connection to Slaughterhouse-Five.”



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Faculty Spotlights: Bill Russell & Scott Peeples

Congratulations to Prof. Bill Russell on the publication of his book, Inventing the Critic in Renaissance England, last Friday! Published by University of Delaware Press, it "reveals that the critics of the English

Renaissance did not passively absorb their practice from Continental and classical sources but actively invented it in response to a confluence of social and intellectual factors" (book jacket). Bill will discuss his book at January's Teacher-Scholar Tuesday.





Prof. Scott Peeples' new book is out, The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City!" Read about how four American cities shaped Poe's life and writings.

"Scott Peeples has plumbed the deep psychic landscape of Poe with passion and skill, bringing us back to his writings again and again with fresh insights. The Man of the Crowd is beautifully written and remarkably adroit. A major accomplishment."—Jay Parini, author of Robert Frost and Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal


 Alumni Spotlight: Derrick Williams

After graduating, pursuing a law career, and starting a family, Derrick Williams received a call from fellow alumni in 2013 and was offered a position on the Alumni Association Board. He reentered the College of Charleston community and has been an active member ever since, even joining the Advisory Board to the Honors College and becoming a charter member of the English department’s new Alumni Advisory Board. “Seeing all the progress the College has made, especially infrastructurally and in the different departments and programs, is amazing,” says Williams. His dedication to CofC and work ethic led to his newest role as the President of the Alumni Association. 

Read the rest of Derrick's feature article in Folio where you'll find more feature stories about alumni in our ongoing "Sequel" series.

Student Spotlight: Patrick Wohlscheid

Meet Patrick! He is a double major in English and Philosophy, with LFCS concentration. Patrick is also the President of the CofC Philosophical Society, Managing Editor of Miscellany, and involved with the English Student Advisory Group and undergraduate research. His favorite English class at the College is ENGL 202 with Dr. Carens!

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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.

Department News

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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Kathleen Béres Rogers: Creating Romantic Obsession: Scorpions in the Mind
Posted on 12 November 2019 | 5:00 am
Dr. Kathleen Béres Rogers published her first book this March titled Creating Romantic Obsession: Scorpions in the Mind. The text explores obsession as a mental disease and when it came to be recognized as a disease in the Romantic Era....
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College Events

April 2nd from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Join Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture director Ashley Walters for her conversation with author S.L. Wisenberg. Register for this HYBRID event here: https://bit.ly/wanderingwomb23Eve [...]
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April 2nd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A Jewish jeweler offers his employee the deed to his store in his haste to escape Nazi occupation. The escape goes awry in this thriller about greed, survival and courage. [...]
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April 2nd from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
From the Shtetl to Hollywood, from the Torah to Comic books: Jewish humor is tradition and pop culture. Who owns Jewish humor – and who owns the laughter? This event features a discussion with CofC [...]
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April 3rd from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The College of Charleston Orchestra presents a spring concert featuring multiple award-winning violinist Sarah Chang in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto and for a movement of [...]
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