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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Professional Development


Our nationally recognized literary journal is administered and edited by our MFA students. The journal features original work by and interviews with well-known and emerging authors. Yemassee also runs successful prose and poetry competitions each year. Interested students participate as editors, genre editors, readers, and interviewers.

Teaching Opportunities

While specific opportunities cannot be guaranteed, the USC English department has a strong record of offering graduate instructors a chance to teach not just traditional first-year English classes but also a wide range of upper-level courses in literature and writing. Students in the MFA program have often been able to teach English 360, the undergraduate introductory course in creative writing, as well as courses in creative nonfiction and professional writing. Interested students may also apply to teach various undergraduate literature courses.

Split P

Split P is an outreach program that takes creative writing into public schools and other community settings. MFA students who have worked with Split P have gained experience teaching a wide range of age groups.  If you are an educator and would like more information about how to bring Split P to your school, contact Liz Countryman at  

Opportunities in Columbia

Other opportunities for creative performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professional development abound on campus and across Columbia's vibrant arts community. Some of the programs, events, and resources that can be found here include: