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As the University of South Carolina’s largest academic department, English offers diverse course offerings, award-winning professors, small classes and opportunities to work closely with faculty, within and beyond the classroom.

What to Expect

English is for everyone. Whatever your dreams or career aspirations, an English major provides you with adaptable skills for a changing world: the skills of reading carefully, communicating clearly and thinking creatively about issues that matter to you. Our majors choose English not just for a love of reading and writing, but also to be equipped for careers that value critical and creative thinking, writing and the communication of complex ideas.


Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. in English

With four different major tracks to choose from, in the Department of English Language and Literature you can design a program to suit your goals and interests. Our general major lets you explore our widest selection of courses — in literature, creative and professional writing, rhetoric, speech communication, linguistics, film and other media. We also have a writing concentration major, a secondary education major and an intensive major.

The following courses can be used to fulfill requirements for a bachelor’s degree in English:

  • Shakespeare
  • The Modern Novel
  • Global Contemporary Literature
  • Introduction to Comics Studies
  • African American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Language in the USA
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Writing


Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

Our top-ranked graduate program is dedicated to the advanced study of literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition. The department awards five master’s degrees, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and two doctoral degrees.

Graduate Director: Brian Glavey, 803-777-5063, 
Laura Thorp, 803-777-5063,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Graduate Director: Brian Glavey, 803-777-5063, 
Laura Thorp, 803-777-5063,

Graduate Director: Brian Glavey, 803-777-5063,  
Program: Laura Thorp, 803-777-5063,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Library and Information Science, culminates in a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library and Information Science.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.