Our English Degree Program

Available in: Undergraduate College

Our English degree will provide you with a solid foundation in English with an emphasis on writing, reading, and analyzing texts. Through a diverse selection of coursework, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of career fields. Most of the universal analytical English skills and techniques that employers look for in potential candidates are covered by our program.

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My English degree has taken me around the world as an English teacher to teach English as a Foreign Language in China, Thailand, and Oman.

Tempestt Johnson '12

Internship Opportunities

All English majors complete internships, including recent work at:

  • Embassy of Ireland, Washington, DC
  • Richland County Public Defender’s Office 
  • USC Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
  • Layman Poupard Publishing 

Acting Workshop with CAST

One unique feature of the Columbia College English program is our affiliation with CAST, the Cambridge American Stage Tour. CAST is a major international theatre tour from Cambridge University whose aim is to bring the works of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the United States and beyond. Each year, in addition to their performances, CAST members offer acting workshops to our Columbia College students. Our English program’s affiliation with CAST combines our love of literature and performance and offers experiential learning to our students.  

Recent Job Placements

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Teach for America 
  • Layman Poupard Publishing

Career Opportunities

During this program you will learn the universal skills that all employers seek: written and verbal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Graduates from the Columbia College English program have been successful in diverse fields. Here are just a few examples:

  • Copywriter
  • Filmmaker/Journalist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Author
  • Teacher

Graduate Programs

Recent graduates are currently pursuing J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at various schools, including: 

  • University of London
  • Harvard School of Divinity
  • Duke University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • North Carolina State University
  • George Washington University
  • Whittier Law School, CA
  • The University of South Carolina 


Christine Hait, Professor
B.A., M.A., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Melissa Heidari, Professor
B.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina; M.A., University of Rochester.

John Zubizarreta, Professor
B.A., Florida International University; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Kristin Brooks, Lecturer
B.A., Lyndon State College; M.A. Lyndon State College.


From Teach for America to Duke University, I have been given countless opportunities thanks to the patience, kindness, and dedication of my professors in the English Department at Columbia College. I would not be the teacher or woman I am today had I not been guided by both the Honors Program and the English Department.

Autumn Jean Weidman '15



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