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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 English develop strong skills in critical thinking, analysis, written communication, research and reading--skills that are essential in a range of careers.

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

Tips for Success 

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. The USC Upstate English faculty prepared the following documents to explain these guidelines. In English 300, students learn about these guidelines in depth.

Outside the classroom
English Studies and Your Future 

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my education at USC Upstate. I have been English Majors Graduating May 2013offered so many opportunities that I feel I would have never received in a larger university. Many of the things that have been most influential in my thinking have been garnered from individual conversations with professors. I cannot overstate the influence that my English professors have had on my education. Their consistent attention and encouragement have given me the confidence to pursue a postgraduate degree and a career in higher education." --Beth TeVault '12

English Programs
English Courses

Student Support
Advising Help
Career Resources
Guides for Literary Study
Guide to Senior Seminar
Writing Center 

Our Students 
Student Achievements
Writers Inc. Literary Magazine
English Literary File: Undergraduate Journal
Literary Club

Beyond Campus
Authors @ Upstate
South Carolina Academy of Authors
Study Abroad Opportunities

Contact Us
Dr. Peter Caster
Department Chair

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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