Department of English


Welcome to the Department of English at the College of Charleston!

The study of English is fundamental to a liberal arts and sciences education. We offer courses in literature, film, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing.

If you choose to study English at the College of Charleston, you'll learn to:

  • read perceptively and critically
  • understand the historical, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature
  • write with clarity and precision

These skills will help you no matter what profession you choose. You may go into a traditional field like publishing or education, or choose to go into law, medicine or something else entirely.

Add a concentration

As an English major, you may choose to pursue a concentration to enhance your studies. You can choose from:

Or, if you want to pursue a career in teaching at the secondary school level, you can add a major in secondary education.

Esteemed faculty

Our faculty have expertise in a wide range of specializations. They've also published with top academic and literary presses, and in leading journals.

Explore all faculty.

Good ideas come from everywhere

English is fundamental to a liberal arts and sciences education. At the College, you'll enjoy small class sizes with instructors who know your name. This creates an open and welcoming environment to share ideas.

The College has intentionally built a culture that celebrates the power of diverse thought. We know that different and unique perspectives will help us build a brighter, better future.

Read our statement on diversity and inclusion.


Are you a current CofC student? The English Hub has information about the English Department, including: 

  • Answers to common questions about degrees, registration, first year writing, research opportunities with faculty, graduate school, and career paths  
  • Job, internship, scholarship, and other opportunities
  • Student events hosted by the Department, Departmental seminars, and other special events
  • Faculty and student research publications