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English, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Our English program offers diverse courses designed to challenge and inspire you in the classroom and beyond, providing you with adaptable skills for a changing world.

As an English major, you'll be part of a vibrant intellectual community and work closely with award-winning teachers who care about your ideas, wellbeing and success. Our department is unique in housing faculty from multiple disciplines and fields, providing you with wide-ranging perspectives, diverse skills and unique opportunities for research.

Program Highlights

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    Exciting Courses

    Study Shakespeare to Toni Morrison, modern forms from comics to digital writing and science in literature from medicine to climate fiction.

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    Award-winning Faculty

    Benefit from smaller classes designed for discussion and individualized focus. Learn from a dynamic, diverse community of teacher-scholars.

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    Flexible Curriculum

    Tailor studies to interests and goals within four tracks, including completion of the B.A. and Master of Teaching in about five years.

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    Highly Portable Skills

    Stand out to employers in a range of fields by honing skills in communication, research, critical thinking, collaboration and more.

What You’ll Study

Some of our most popular courses include Literature and Law, Creative Writing and Introduction to Rhetoric as well as specialized courses, such as Introduction to Comics Studies, Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Young Adult Literature. We also sponsor the INK! Undergraduate Student Association, which is open to any student who loves reading and writing.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Writing

    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Columnist
  • Grant Writer

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Writer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $59,669

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Library Science
  • Business
  • Arts and Entertainment

Employers of Alumni

  • University of South Carolina
  • Glacial Multimedia
  • Kendall Press
  • PepsiCo
  • MailChimp
  • Penguin Random House

I quickly became swept up in the power that stories hold in our society. I was immediately exposed to perspectives and worlds other than the ones I had known, and it gave me a newfound passion for storytelling as a means to change the world.

Jackson Ringley
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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