Student Opportunities

Our students and faculty socialize over coffee and bagels in our student lounge, and at cookouts in our courtyard. Students plan events of their own as members of student organizations such as Literati and the Film Club. They share their research and writing at English Day. They study abroad with our faculty in England, Ireland, Italy, and Spain. And they help shape the culture of our department as English Ambassadors or as members of the Student Advisory Group.

Meanwhile, they sharpen their research and writing skills outside the classroom, working directly with faculty on independent study projects. And they learn to apply those skills professionally through internships that earn them credit toward their major. 

Take advantage of everything the Department of English has to offer!

English isn’t just an academic department. It’s a community. And there are plenty of ways to get involved.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities


    English Majors have studied abroad in many different countries including: 

    • UK 
    • Havanna, Cuba 
    • Dublin, Ireland 
    • Greece 
    • Italy 
    • Santiago, Chile 
    • India 
    • Thailand 
    • Tangier, Morocco 
    • Russia 
    • France 
    • Japan, Various Cities 
    • Spain  
    • New Zealand 
    • Bocas del Toro, Panama 
    • Australia 
    • Belize 
    • Poland and Germany 
    • Netherlands 
    • Ghana 
    • Cambodia and Vietnam 
  • Scholarships and Awards

    The Department of English is proud to recognize and support the achievements of students. Learn more about available scholarships and awards here!

  • English Day

    English Day celebrates the accomplishments of senior English majors at the College of Charleston. Participants are nominated by a professor for their work in a College of Charleston English course. 

    The 31st annual English Day celebration was held on April 21, 2023. Students presented their scholarly papers from their Bachelor’s Essays, Independent Studies, and advanced literature courses alongside students who read creative works from their Creative Writing capstones. 

  • The English Department Ambassadors

    The English Department Ambassadors are invested and socially-minded students who work collaboratively to support the English major by representing it to new audiences and by building community among current English majors. This commitment is less demanding of student time than is the Student Advisory Group, and allows busy students to contribute to the department and fellow students. 

  • Sigma Tau Delta

    Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society whose purposes are to confer distinction for high achievement in the creation and study of literature, to promote interest in literature and the English language, and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects - including creative and critical work. The chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at the College of Charleston is Alpha Epsilon Phi. For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, please contact Prof. Simon Lewis. 

  • Chestomathic Literary Society

    Originally founded in 1848, revived in 2022. This student organization is for literature lovers and open to all. Check out our Insta and join here. 

  • Creative Writing Club

    The College of Charleston Creative Writing Club fosters a creative space where aspiring authors, poets, playwrights ect. can develop their writing skills in a fun, friendly environment. There will be opportunities to workshop each other's writing, get exposure to different styles and techniques of writing, and even get works published in magazines, anthologies, etc.

  • Film Club

    Meeting once a week, the CofC Film Club focuses on watching and discussing films as well as learning about the process of filmmaking. There is also an Annual Student Film Festival and Screen Writing Competion. Looking to join or for further info contact Prof. Colleen Glenn.


Check out our international magazines and our student-produced literary and art journal.

    Formerly known as Crazyhorse, swamp pink publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction semi-monthly online. 

    Our aim is to continue publishing exceptional work from writers at all stages of their careers. We are particularly interested in submissions from writers of color and writers from marginalized and underrepresented communities. 

  • Illuminations

    Illuminations made its first appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982 under the editorship of Peter MacMillan. The issue featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 where it was edited by Simon Lewis at The College of Charleston until 2011. Over these many years Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest, including Nadine Gordimer, James Merrill, Carol Ann Duffy, Dennis Brutus, Allen Tate, interviews with Tim O’Brien, and letters from Flannery O’Connor and Ezra Pound. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers.  

  • Miscellany

    Miscellany is the College's student-produced literary and art journal. Students are invited to submit their original artwork, poetry, photography and prose to be considered for publication. A student committee consisting of individuals selected by the editor-in-chief will meet during the beginning of each semester to select works for publication in Miscellany. The finished product is distributed to the campus community in the Fall and Spring.