The mission of the Department of English is to provide instruction and conduct research in writing, linguistics, and literature in order to promote better reading, writing, and cultural literacy among Coastal Carolina University students as well as the larger university community.
The Coastal Carolina University Department of English is a dynamic, student-centered learning environment made up of teachers, scholars, writers, and support staff who are dedicated to high quality teaching and engaged learning in the field of English studies.
To that end, we offer a B.A. in English with concentrations in 1.) composition, rhetoric, and linguistics, 2.) creative writing, 3.) literature and culture, and 4.) English studies. All of these concentrations help students acquire the advanced reading, writing, critical, and analytical skills necessary for professional careers or graduate programs. In our courses we mentor students in collaborative research and creative opportunities, as we impart the theoretical and historical backgrounds necessary for students to conduct research and creative projects on their own.
We also offer a B.A. in Digital Culture and Design that is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, with a focus on developing critical perspectives and practical skill sets in creating and utilizing digital media and content.
In pursuit of our mission, the department is committed to promoting faculty development in the tradition of the teacher-scholar model, thereby allowing for faculty research, creative activities, and expert collaborations that contribute to the body of knowledge in our field and to the more effective development of an active learning community
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the requirements for a degree in English will be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate a mastery of advanced reading, writing, and analytical and interpretive techniques suitable for a variety of academic, creative, and professional settings.
a. Integrate intertextual sources from primary texts.
b. Integrate intertextual sources from secondary texts.
c. Demonstrate an understanding of prevailing theoretical and cultural movements.
2. Apply advanced techniques to produce original analyses, arguments, scholarship and creative works.
a. Establish and sustain a focus that shows critical or creative intention.
b. Apply compositional, rhetorical, stylistic, and literary features in writing.
c. Demonstrate effective strategies for revision.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of disciplinary professionalization through engaged participation.
a. Demonstrate engagement through attendance at department sponsored events.
b. Identify strategies for positioning disciplinary knowledge and skills for professional settings.
Students majoring in English must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all English courses.
International Study Programs
English majors may elect to spend either a semester or one year at one of Coastal’s partner universities. Students are also welcomed to participate in programs through other study abroad providers. With the approval of the department chair and the dean, credits earned may be used to satisfy degree requirements or as cognates and/or electives. For further information, please contact the Center for Global Engagement.