The study of English language and literature encompasses all facets of humanity.

You’ll study writing and literary theory, of course, but you’ll also study history, art, social customs, religion, culture, and more.

At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy challenges you to explore, communicate, and defend your ideas, training you to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that teaches you a deeper way of thinking. Combined with individual guidance and one-on-one attention from professors, it’s the type of transformative experience you’ll find more often at the graduate level. By the end of your four years, you will have gained strong communication skills, a broad knowledge base of literature and culture—and a deep understanding of what it means to be human.

Coker English Recognition Scholarship

Anyone applying to Coker College and intending to major in English is encouraged to apply. For more information, please click here.


As an English major, you will analyze texts ranging from medieval literature to modern poetry. You will examine language through composition and rhetoric and explore writing styles such as playwriting, creative writing, and writing for the media. In every class, in-depth discussions and personal attention from professors ensure that you’ll gain strong communication skills, both in speaking and in writing.

Outside of the classroom, English students can join Coker’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, or help edit and publish Excursions, the Coker College literary magazine. Overall, the English program is designed to train you to think deeply and write persuasively, with integrity, about a wide range of authors, texts and ideas.


Professional writing

Students who plan on pursuing a career in professional writing should consider choosing this concentration. The curriculum is tailored to prepare you specifically for writing jobs in fields such as journalism, marketing, and publishing.


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

As an English major, you will develop the oral and written communication skills employers repeatedly rank as the most important qualities they look for in future employees. Your degree will open the door to a rewarding career in a wide variety of fields—from publishing to law to business.

But one of the most important benefits of an English degree from Coker is confidence in yourself and your ideas. Graduates pursue advanced degrees in English or related areas and land jobs in professions that require skilled writers. They pursue careers that demand employees who can write effectively, speak articulately, analyze critically and think creatively. They enter the real world with the skills and confidence to succeed.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your English degree:

  • Editing or Publishing
  • Law
  • Education
  • Research
  • Copy Writing or Technical Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Library Science
  • Career Counseling
  • Management/Human Resources
  • Mass Media
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • High School English Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Fund Development Coordinator
  • Library Science
  • Published Author
  • Public Information Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Property Management
  • Federal Government
  • Small Business Owner
  • Administrative Asst.
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Campaign Mngr.
  • Claims Examiner
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Copy Writer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Critic
  • Customer Service Rep.
  • Editor/Writer
  • Editorial Asst.
  • Education Director
  • Fact Checker
  • Fundraiser
  • Historical Society Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Asst.
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing/Sales Mngr.
  • Media Analyst
  • Media Buyer
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Personnel Trainee
  • Production Asst.
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicity Asst.
  • Research Asst.
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Francis Marion University
  • Clemson University
  • Winthrop University
  • University of North Carolina—Charlotte
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Iowa
Andrea L. Coldwell

Andrea L. Coldwell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of the English Program

Margaret J. Godbey

Margaret J. Godbey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of First-Year Writing; Coordinator of the English Education Concentration; Co-Director of the Writer's Studio

Julia Klimek

Julia Klimek, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Rhonda Knight

Rhonda Knight, Ph.D.

Professor of English

David S. McCracken

David S. McCracken, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Chair of the Department of Communication, Language, Literature, and Religion

Jasna R. Shannon

Jasna R. Shannon, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Co-Director of Writing Center

“I ultimately chose Coker College for the family, and it was one the best decisions of my life...As a Senior Project Manager, my English degree has helped facilitate my daily roles and responsibilities, such as effective verbal delegation of tasks to my team, strong written communication to clients, and strategic prioritization and management of my global projects….I am forever a proud Cobra.”

ESTEBON MIDDLETON - Senior Project Manager for SDL, a global translations company

“As a second-year M.A. candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant, ...I am not only able to use the knowledge and skills that I learned from my professors at Coker to excel in my own studies, but I also implement them when I am instructing students.”

ASHLYN BURGETT - M.A. candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Western Kentucky University’s Department of English

"The courses taught me to think broadly and critically while also allowing me to integrate other academic interests...My English courses, and professors, provided avenues to integrate content and context, explore new ideas and ways of thinking about the world while challenging me to develop these interests into cogent ideas that I could express verbally and support with research and in writing."

C. MATTHEW FERGUSON - District Coordinator of K-12 ELA and Social Studies, Darlington County (S.C.) Schools

​"I chose Coker because it empowers. I chose Coker because it cares. I chose Coker because it inspires change. I chose Coker because I knew that in order to pursue a career in English Education, I would need a strong foundation of knowledge and courage, and I quickly learned that Coker offers these things and so much more."

MOLLIE MOREE - American and British Literature teacher at Johnsonville High School, Johnsonville, S.C.