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Department of English Language and Literature

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What do you want to do with the rest of your life? With an English major, your options are wide open. In our department, you'll be taught by professors who are truly engaged, alongside other students who love what they're doing. We believe in innovative teaching to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.


With nearly 500 majors and 60 of the most distinguished and exciting professors on campus, our department has a lot to offer undergraduate students. You 'll find plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and learn outside the classroom, too.


Our graduate programs in English are dedicated to advanced study in a number of fields, including literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and speech communication and rhetoric. The department awards the MA, MAT, MFA, and PhD degrees.

First-Year English

The First-Year English Program coordinates all sections of English 101 and 102, the only academic courses that every undergraduate student must complete before graduation.

Writing Center

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

Course Descriptions

Check out our wide range of course offerings, with detailed descriptions.