Bachelor of Arts in English

Through the study of literature and writing—creative/professional/critical—the B.A. in English at USCB is dedicated to cultivating in its students a broad cultural awareness and the skills to engage in inquiry and ongoing discourses. In our programs, students hone analytical thinking, deep reading, and rhetorically effective writing as interdependent practices. The degree also fosters in students a keen understanding of the English language as they interpret texts and produce them across contexts. By providing opportunities for students to become well-rounded, socially aware, and empathetic citizens, professionals, and people, our English degree prepares graduates to read the past, inhabit an ever-changing present, and step confidently into the future they help imagine into being. The English major offers two concentrations: Creative Writing and Professional Writing.

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  • Program Goals
  • Competencies
  • The main objective of the program is to advance the development of graduates who connect texts and worlds, and who connect their individual lives to the regional and global communities of which they become a part. The English major prepares these graduates for a wide range of professional, civic, and personal opportunities through the work of self-determination in a supportive and challenging environment.

    The program also promotes the wider aims and goals of the humanities in dynamic social, political, and economic spaces, investing in the ongoing cultural work that we collectively inherit and reinvent.

  • Demonstrate attention to detail through deep reading practices that synthesize formal, intertextual, and contextual literacies to analyze the nuanced play of language across periods, histories, geographic or national spaces, and cultural differences.
  • Compose texts creatively, coherently, and persuasively with responsiveness to various purposes, audiences, contexts, and media.
  • Explore literature in English as a body of knowledge open to multiple interpretations and formulate their own interpretations in ways that reflect awareness of and diverse approaches to aesthetic values, generic conventions, historical contexts, as well as cultural and ideological orientations.
  • Critically apply theoretical and philosophical frameworks to the positions they articulate and communicate how they impact perspectives on texts, movements, and cultures.
  • Demonstrate intellectual and practical sensitivity to multiple perspectives and identities for the purpose of empathetic civic engagement across local, national and global communities, and articulate the complexities of challenging discourses and institutions.
  • Design and manage sophisticated projects, broadening their thinking and developing their ideas through scholarly research and writing processes that focus on inquiry and conversation for academic and public audiences.


Two published novelists James E. McTeer II Author of Minnow Winner of the 2015 South Carolina First Novel Prize Alexis Henderson Author of The Year of the Witching Due out from Penguin Random House (US) and Penguin Books (UK) in summer 2020 Sequel to come in 2021 Two program publications (Both helmed by student editorial staffs)
The Pen USCB’s literary magazine Two-time first-place winner of the American Scholastic Press Association Award May River Review USCB’s interdisciplinary research critical journal
The number of opportunities for English program students to become involved and professionalize both on and off-campus
Open Doors
What are our graduates doing now?
Graduate Schools
  • Professional Writer
  • Editing & Publishing
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Media specialist
  • Research analyst
  • Careers in Marketing/Public Relations
  • Project manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Minister
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools
  • University of Georgia Law School
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • University of South Carolina College of Information
  • Communications, Library & Information Science
  • University of South Carolina College of Arts & Sciences,
  • Masters in English
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Graduate Schools
  • USA Today
  • Golf Magazine
  • Law firms
  • School districts nationwide
  • County libraries nationwide
  • Real estate, marketing, research/analytics agencies
  • Universities & technical colleges
  • Nonprofit organizations

Joyce Cheung
“All of my professors took such an interest in my personal development — that, combined with the real world experience I received, really helped me feel prepared to take on any challenge.”
Joyce Cheung
Biology Major, Class of 2017