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Welcome to the English Programs at USC Upstate

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"Being a true English major is knowing a little bit about everything, always wanting to learn more and being able to use the knowledge that you have to analyze, interpret, draw conclusions and make verifiable arguments in a way that no one else has before." --Madelaine Hoptry '12;

Why study English?

Students in the English major and minor develop strong skills in critical thinking, analysis, written communication, research and reading--skills that are essential in a range of careers. USC Upstate alumni are working as lawyers, journalists, sports writers, business owners, Graduating 08professors, teachers, military officers, film-makers, bloggers, bankers, novelists, poets, public relations writers, fashion merchandisers, coaches, Peace Corps volunteers, librarians and much, much more. 

See this Chronicle of Higher Education article about " How Liberal Arts Majors Fare" in the workplace. What do employers want?  Good Writers!

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In the classroom
English courses share common guidelines for conducting research, interpreting literature and writing about literature. These reflect the shared rules and values of the discipline or field of English Studies. In English 300, students learn about these guidelines in depth.

Outside the classroom

English Studies and Your Future

Languages, Literature, and Composition
Dr. Celena Kusch
Department Chair

Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche
Assistant Department Chair

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Student Literary Publications
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Research Opportunities
Study Abroad
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Student Support
Language Lab
PREFACE First-Year Reading Program
Writing Center

Community Outreach
Reflections Foreign Language Teachers Conference

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Department of Languages, Literature & Composition
HPAC 222
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5688
Fax: 864-503-5825
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