Department of English and Theater

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What's New

January 23 and 24, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm. The Department presents TALKING WITH... by Jane Martin, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, and directed by Prof. George Pate. Buy your tickets at the USCB Center for the Arts. All are invited to our opening night reception on January 23, following the performance.

Download the "English & Theater Show" Calendar for Spring 2015!

Download Spring 2015 course descriptions for English and Theater courses (excluding First Year English).

Download Guide to First Year English and Spring 2015 course descriptions for First Year English (ENGL 101, 101L, and 102).

Ellen Malphrus moderated the recent "Evening with Pat Conroy's Story River Books" at USCB's Center for the Arts.

Congrats to organizers and presenters at Sigma Tau Delta's Close Reading Conference in November! Thirteen papers were presented. Download the conference program.

Congrats to Alyse Bingham and Scott DeRouen, winners of the 2014 Sheila J. Tombe Award for Outstanding English Major!

George Pate's play, Indifferent Blue, winner of the 2008 Tennessee Williams One-Act Comedy Playwriting Award has just been published by Next Stage Press.

Lauren Hoffer's "Employment Relations and the Failure of Sympathy in Hardy's Desperate Remedies and The Mayor of Casterbridge," has appeared in The Victorians Institute Journal 43 (2013).

Robert Kilgore's essay, "The Politics of King David in Early Modern English Verse," appeared in Studies in Philology 111.3 (Summer 2014) and his essay, "From 'Employment' (I) to 'Grace': George Herbert’s Restructuring of Work” has been published in George Herbert Journal.

See details of past, present, and future events at our Facebook page.



The Department of English and Theater offers students...

We also offer English majors the opportunity to intern with businesses or organizations for course credit. English majors can also write an Honors thesis over the course of an academic year.

We publish USCB's creative writing journal The Pen and are preparing for the inaugural publication of USCB's interdisciplinary critical journal, The May River Review. Students earn course credit (ENGL 211: Editing and Publishing Practicum) while working on these publications. We produce dramatic theater starring USCB students under the direction of our faculty.

We sponsor three student organizations: The Society of Creative Writers; Rogues, Vagabonds, and Sturdy Beggars (the drama club and improv group); and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society).

We teach a wide range of First Year English courses, including "Enhanced" sections for English majors, humanities majors, and "all word lovers." We work with the USCB Writing Center to provide writing workshops throughout each semester.

We have a fortnightly meeting called "The English & Theater Show" in which we show and tell what we do to the larger USCB community.

You are warmly invited to get involved with these projects and our student organizations and to take our courses

The Bachelor of Arts in English

The B.A. in English is the study and practice of language, literature, culture, rhetoric, and writing in creative, academic, and professional contexts. Graduates of the English program know how to write persuasively and assess the claims made by others. Because these skills are foundational to many pursuits and are always in demand, the English major is a particularly versatile degree in today’s job market. The English major prepares students not only for careers in writing, editing, and teaching, but also for graduate study or employment in a multitude of other fields, such as law, business, journalism, publishing, religion, library science, and medicine. See the curriculum here.

Contact Us

Department ChairProf. Robert Kilgore,, 257 Library (Hilton Head Gateway) 843-208-8210.

Administrative Assistant, Kelley Ard,, 254 Library (Hilton Head Gateway) 843-208-8271.

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