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Department of English Language and Literature

  • MFA Poetry Student Reads Her Work at  Poetry Marathon in Columbia

Beyond the Classroom

In a world where reading and writing are vital to our everyday lives, learning in our department goes well beyond the classroom.


Upcoming free and public lectures, readings by visiting authors, and more.  


Explore possible career paths.  Gain experience. Discover work that helps you thrive.

Study Abroad

Want to study Shakespeare at London’s rebuilt Globe Theater? Learn Mandarin in an immersive experience in Shanghai? Live and learn in places you’ve only imagined.

Student Organizations

Learn more about your field and the people in it. Expand your networks. Get involved.

Student Research

Take advantage of opportunities for developing, funding and publishing student research.

Writers’ Series

Hear acclaimed authors read their work in person at The Open Book, the Fall Literary Festival, and other series.

Writing Center

We can all use help with writing. That’s why USC’s Writing Center serves all students, faculty and staff.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.