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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of English at Winthrop University!  We pride ourselves on our on-on-one attention to our students and the sense of community we cultivate with our majors and minors.  In our department, you can take special topics courses such as

  • The Literary Merits of Harry Potter
  • Fairy Tales and Heroic Quests
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Paris and the Jazz Age (this course includes travel to Paris and Venice!)
  • Greek Mythology (this course includes travel to Greece!)

And, of course, you can expect exciting classes in rhetoric, composition, technical writing, and the classics such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, the Brontes, Joyce, and others.

We pride ourselves on our innovative courses and the opportunities we provide students for pursuing study beyond the classroom.

Students in our department can expect to

  • study slave narratives at local plantations and archives
  • explore the healing arts through performance and study at Piedmont Medical Center
  • experience Shakespearean drama behind the scenes as part of a three-day excursion to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia
  • present their critical and creative works at a variety of conferences, on- and off-campus
  • and much more.

We are small, innovative, and student-focused. 

There are a myriad of opportunities to build your resume and earn money while you study with us.


Students can train as tutors and then work assisting others in our Writing Center, or find internship opportunities with local and national businesses, including:

  • Manager of York County
  • Animal Shelter of York County
  • The Messenger Center
  • Westminster Towers
  • Bowater
  • Companion Cabinets
  • Comporium
Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships and awards abound:

  • The Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowship,
  • The Cynthia Furr & McAllister Furr Price Scholarship,
  • Annie Laurie Steppe Award in Freshman Composition
  • The William A. Sullivan Undergraduate Writing Award
  • The William A. Sullivan Graduate Writing Award 

Student Research

Our department is one of the most active departments in the southeast in mentoring student research, both undergraduate and graduate. Annually, as many as 20 of our students present their papers at local, regional, and national conferences -- and last year our students published in referred journals and creative writing venues.

You will find a good home with us -- and we welcome you to join our community of scholars. 

All the best,

Dr. Robert G. Prickett

Robert G. Prickett, PhD
Acting Chair, Department of English
Winthrop University
239 Bancroft Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733