Getting Started

Undergraduate Academics (Major or Minor in English)

  1. Apply to the College of Charleston!
  2. Once you receive your acceptance letter, register for your required Orientation session.
  3. Which category do you fall under?
    • "I’m a first-year student and I know I want to declare a major in English!"

      • Yay! Welcome to the department!
      • What classes should I take this year?
        • Take ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing. This is a Gen Ed requirement for all students. Bear in mind that it is a writing skills course for all majors, not an introduction to the English major. The course does not count toward the major, but it is a prerequisite for all classes in the major. Classes in the major focus on writing studies, but also on literature, film, and creative writing. Once you take this class, or if you have credit for this course (see here for details), then move on to the next option:
        • Take one of our Foundation courses, or take the intro course for a concentration you’re interested in. You can find the entire ENGL course listing in the online CofC academic catalogand you can find useful worksheets laying out the requirements for each concentration and for the English-teacher education program.
          • ENGL 201 (British Literature to 1800), or ENGL  202 (British Literature since 1800), or ENGL 207 (Survey of American Literature): all count toward the major, and they can introduce you to literature courses in the Literature and Film concentration in English (and the English-Teacher Education program)*
          • ENGL 212 (Cinema: History & Criticism) is the introductory course for a Film Studies minor, and it counts toward theLiterature and Film concentration in English*
          • ENGL 220 (Poetry I) and ENGL 223 (Fiction I) are both entry classes for the Creative Writing concentration in English
          • ENGL 225 (Intro to Writing Studies) leads into the Writing, Rhetoric & Publication concentration in English
          • *Note: ENGL 201, 202, 207, and 212 meet Humanities gen ed requirements. ENGL 220, 223, and 225 do not.
        • Get started on your language gen ed requirement! You can find the general education requirements listed in the online CofC academic catalog:https://catalog.cofc.edu/
        • As soon as your declaration of the major is processed, you will be assigned an advisor in the major. Contact your advisor with any questions. Each major is required to be advised by their major advisor, before registering for the next semester. 
        • If you need additional help registering for any classes, contact the Associate Chair, Prof. Bill Russell.
        • Add any other gen ed classes to reach your preferred number of credit hours. 
        • Meanwhile, investigate all the options for Staying Involved and Connected in English!
    • "I’m a transfer student and I know I want to declare a major in English!"

      • Yay! Welcome to the department!
      • Make sure you check in with the CofCTransfer Resource Center. Check out the many resources available to you, information about getting involved as a transfer student, and important information about transfer credits.
      • What classes should I take this semester?
        • It depends on what classes you took at your previous institution. If you don’t have credit for 201, 202, or 207, then take 1 of those 3 classes. If you do have credit for 1 of them, we recommend taking ENGL 299 (Intro to English Studies).
        • Take the introductory course within your preferred concentration: 
          • Literature and Film: Choose one from among 201, 202, and 207. If you’ve taken 1 of them already, then take 1 of the other 2. Alternatively, take ENGL 212 (Cinema: History & Criticism).
          • Creative Writing concentrator: Take 220 (Poetry I) or 223 (Fiction I). If you’ve taken 1 already, take the other.
          • Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication concentrator: Take 225 (Intro to Writing Studies).
        • As soon as your declaration of the major is processed, you will be assigned an advisor in the major. Contact your advisor with any questions. Each major is required to be advised by their major advisor, before registering for the next semester. 
        • If you need additional help registering for any classes, contact  the Associate Chair, Prof. Bill Russell.
        • Add any other gen ed classes to reach your preferred number of credit hours. 
        • Meanwhile, investigate all the options for Staying Involved and Connected in English!
      • What classes should I take this semester?
        • That depends on which minor you are interested in:
          • English: ENGL 201 (British Literature to 1800), or ENGL  202 (British Literature since 1800), or ENGL 207 (Survey of American Literature)
          • Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication: ENGL 225 (Intro to Writing Studies)
          • Creative Writing: ENGL 220 (Poetry I) or ENGL 223 (Fiction I)
          • Film Studies: ENGL 212 (Cinema: History & Criticism)
      • Note: A student cannot have both a ENGL major and minor – you must choose one. 
      • If you need additional help registering for any classes, contact the director for your minor:
      • Meanwhile, investigate all the options for Staying Involved and Connected in English!
    • "English sounds cool, but I’m not sure I want to declare a major or minor, yet."

      • That’s okay! You have time, but remember that all students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. 
      • We suggest you take one English course in addition to ENGL 110 (Intro to Academic Writing), to make sure it is a discipline you want to study further. ENGL 110 does not count toward the major or minor, and it is not an introductory course to the major or minor. We recommend a 200-level course for your first English class:
        • ENGL 201 (British Literature to 1800), 202 (British Literature since 1800), 207 (American Literature Survey), 212 (Cinema: History & Criticism), 220 (Poetry I), 223 (Fiction I), 225 (Intro to Writing Studies), 226 (Survey of World Literature), 233 (Survey of Non-Western Twentieth Century Literature), 234 (Survey of Third-World Masterpieces)
        • All of the above courses will count towards the English major or minor, should you choose to declare.
        • See the entire ENGL course listing in the online CofC academic catalog: https://catalog.cofc.edu/

Thanks go to the Communication Department at CofC for the concept behind this page.