Our English Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program

Next Start Date:
January 9, 2023

The English program provides students with the reading, writing, and analytic skills to become leaders and social innovators in a global society with a diverse humanity. With an emphasis on the interpretation of diverse and varied literatures, the discipline of literary criticism, and the composition of critical and artistic expression, students will develop a sophisticated outlook on the cultural values and works that shape our lives in the 21st century.  The English major further helps learners develop a respect for the value of humanistic and inclusive thinking that is an essential dimension of a liberal-arts education by cultivating strong critical ready and thinking skills and effective written expression to prepare students for graduate studies and a variety of practical careers including copywriting, filmmaking, journalism, public relations, law, library sciences, editing, authorship, and teaching. 

Mission: Through an inclusive selection of coursework, students will study the techniques of successful composition, the methods and theories of literary criticism, the major movements and authors in British and American literature, and the relationships between culture, identity, expression, and social justice. Our curriculum also prepares students for teaching or for graduate studies with a range of survey courses on the foundations of American, British, and World literatures, writing-intensive courses on specialized topics, and advanced specialized and seminar courses taught by published faculty in English. Students will additionally complete a capstone project that challenges them to think reflectively about their scholarship, their discipline, and their future beyond graduation.

In addition to the English Major, the English program offers an English Major for students who are Certifying to Teach, an English Minor, a Writing Minor, a Creative Writing Minor, and a Social Justice Literature Minor, and courses in the English program contribute to the interdisciplinary Gender and Women's Studies Minor.


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.  

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

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

During this program, you'll 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
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Script Writing
  • Game Design
  • Academia
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Education

Job Placements 

Graduates from this program have attained internships and job placements in various institutions, including:

  • Embassy of Ireland | Washington, DC
  • Richland County Public Defender’s Office | Columbia, SC
  • USC Department of Rare Books and Special Collections | Columbia, SC
  • Layman Poupard Publishing | Columbia, SC
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, MA
  • International Monetary Fund | Washington, DC
  • Teach for America | Various Locations

Acceptance into Graduate Programs

Graduates have also gone on to pursue advanced courses of study at the following institutions:

  • 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

English Areas of Study

Learn about the classes we offer and areas you can explore when you study English.

Major Course Requirements

Minor Course Requirements