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Graduate Student Organizations

Getting involved in activities outside the classroom is a great way to connect with your classmates, expand your network, and develop valuable skills. These organizations are available to graduate students in the English department.

Beyond the Classroom

Though your studies and teaching will take up a lot of your time, immersing yourself in our program means learning outside of the classroom. Here are some great ways to start doing that.

Graduate English Association

The Graduate English Association, or GEA, organizes and sponsors academic and social events throughout the year to bring together all graduate English students. Look for teaching and research seminars, happy hours, seasonal parties, poetry and fiction readings, and book sales.


C19 comprises graduate students and faculty members interested in the scholarship, literature, culture and history of the long nineteenth century.  The club provides a community for scholarly exchange through student research presentations, seminars, and its Reading Group.  The club also supports and hosts visiting scholars.  Although the club focuses on texts and issues from and about the Enlightenment up to Modernism, graduate students and faculty from all areas are welcome. 

American Literature Colloquium

The American Literature Colloquium (ALC) was founded in 1997 to foster intellectual exchange among graduate students and faculty in the field of American Literature. Since then, the ALC has maintained an active presence within the Department, hosting research presentations by faculty and guest lecturers. Additionally, the ALC has sponsored faculty panels on diverse topics such as book collecting and the job search process, as well as graduate student panels on both colonial and 19th- and 20th-century American literature. Membership in the ALC is open to all graduate students and faculty members.


RSA@USC is the University of South Carolina graduate student chapter of RSA (Rhetoric Society of America), an organization committed to the academic study of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, critical theory, composition studies, and speech communication. In addition to providing an active community of interested student scholars, RSA@USC regularly hosts conferences, professional workshops, invited lectures, and social events.


Yemassee is the literary journal of the English Department, publishing poetry, short fiction, one-act plays, brief articles, and interviews submitted by writers from all over the United States, and more recently, from all around the world. From its inception, Yemassee has been a graduate student run publication. The journal was created in 1993 through a generous donation from Joseph Capalbo —a former graduate student in English—the hard work of the founding editor, Melanie Carter, and the advice and guidance of Professors Butterworth, Feldman, and Kimmey.