Message from the Chair
Welcome to Winthrop University’s
Department of English! Here you’ll find professors and students who love to
read and who love to write. What we do in the Department of English
is not only intellectually and emotionally fulfilling; it also is important.
The world is changing, and as you prepare for the mysterious job market of the
twenty-first century, it is good not simply to write well, but to be an
excellent writer; not simply to read quickly and fluently, but to have the
capability to read and comprehend any document, no matter how complex; not
simply to understand the dilemmas of life and work, but to develop the ability
to think critically about seemingly impossible problems.
continue to show that employers are looking for Humanities majors because of
their reading, writing, and thinking skills, and you can gain those here. We
also pride ourselves on the individual attention and mentoring that we give to
each student, and on offering a myriad of courses that will both challenge and
inspire you. Ranging from Beowulf to Harry Potter, from Shakespeare’s
Renaissance plays to the works of the Harlem Renaissance, from non-fiction
prose to advanced fiction writing workshops, our courses offer opportunities
for you to explore what it means to be a human in an ever-changing world.
We are so glad to have you join our community of scholars!
You’ll find inspiration in this department as well as a place to anchor yourself
before you set sail on your life adventures of writing, teaching, leading, and
becoming. As Anna Quindlen has observed, “Books
are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the
journey. They are home.”
Casey A. Cothran
Associate Professor and Acting Chair
237 Bancroft Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733