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Literature and Culture

By concentrating in Literature and Culture as an English major, you will not only explore a world of creative expression but will also gain skills in close reading, critical writing, and theoretical approaches to narrative. Through “Literature” we'll examine the stories we tell ourselves about being human—your stories, our stories, stories you know and stories you never heard of, stories of people you’ll love and stories of people you thought you hated; stories that may confuse you, disturb you, or inspire you. Through “Culture” we'll explore written words, spoken words, songs, graphics, film, theater, television, games, events, histories, media and new hybrid forms that are only just being invented. Whether we’re considering texts from around the world or just next door, with Literature and Culture you can expand your horizons while training in the skills of critical thinking and writing that are so crucial today. 

BA Literature and Culture - English



Experiential Opportunities

For students in the Literature and Culture concentration, Coastal provides multiple opportunities to refine your reading and writing skills.

Edwards Research Fellows with Coordinator Aneilya Barnes

Edwards Research Fellows

Bridges Journal





Several lab spaces allow you to explore reading and writing across media and cultures.

Atheaneum Press

Digital Commons




After taking your major requirements, the concentration allows you to specialize in literature and culture.

Major Requirements
(9 Courses)

ENGL 300 | Critical Conversations in English
ENGL 301 | Forms of Creative Writing


4 Perspectives ENGL Courses


3 Form and Style Courses

(6 Courses)

1 Course | Time and Space: Pre-1800


2 Courses | Time and Space: 1800-Present


1 Course | New Media/Visual Studies

1 Course | Anglophone Literatures and Literatures in Translation


1 Course | Single Author/Genre or Curated Topics

(2 Courses)

ENGL 411 | English Capstone Seminar
ENGL 483 | Theory of Literary Criticism

Major Requirements  »
Sample 4-Year Plan  »



Program Faculty Spotlight

The English department has award-winning faculty and instructors who regularly involve students in their research projects.

Priscilla Meyers

Steven Hamelman

Professor of Literature

Early American Novel, Theory, and Popular Music

Jonathan Doe

Tabitha Lowery

Assistant Professor of Literature

Print and Manuscripts Culture, Canon Formation, and African American Literary History


Kate Oestreich

Associate Professor of Literature

English Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century; Digital Storytelling and Adaptation; Critical Theory

Amanda Green



Student and Alumni Work

  • Madison Rahner, English alumni, talks about her experience at CCU.

    Madison Rahner

    Madison Rahner, CCU Alumni of English and MALS, discusses what CCU has given her.

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  • Student-Run Waccamaw Journal

    As one of the oldest online literary journals, the Waccamaw Journal of contemporary literature is a cornerstone of collaboration amongst the graduate students and undergraduates in English.

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  • Daniel Hasty conducts conversation with English alumni

    What Do You Do with a BA in English?

    Social content director, design researcher, attorney: these are just a few career paths highlighted in the English Futures Speaker Series, a program designed to help majors explore the job market.

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Application Requirements

» Application

» $45 Application Fee

» Official Transcripts (High School, Secondary School, or Previous College)

» SAT/ACT Test Scores (optional)

For International Students

» Proof of English Proficiency (ESL Students)

» Passport

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Program Contact

Jen Boyle
Chair, Professor

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