English Department Mission Statement
The English Department offers composition and literature courses (ENG) designed to fulfill the college’s general education competencies in communication, information literacy, and humanities; to fulfill requirements for various Associate Degrees and Certificates at Midlands Technical College; to transfer to senior institutions; and to assist students in developing college-level reading and writing skills.
- To fulfill the college’s general education competencies in communication, information literacy, and humanities.
- To fulfill requirements for various Associate Degrees and Certificates at Midlands Technical College.
- To provide courses that are transferable to senior institutions.
- To help students attain college-level proficiencies in English reading and/or writing skills commensurate with their educational and workplace goals.
The English Department began producing the award-winning publication STYLUS in the mid-1980s with MTC’s first literary yearbook called Starshine, founded and edited by Maurice Duperre of the English department.
By 1990, the magazine had changed its name, eventually growing into a 40-60 page journal of student writing and art. Directed by editor Keith Higginbotham, the magazine became a full-color production and won grants from the S.C. Arts Commission and production awards from the Two-year College Humanities Council. The magazine converted to an online publication in Fall 2011. View the online publication here.
STYLUS features original, unpublished short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, two-dimensional art (drawing, painting, collage, etc.), and photography. Any high school senior or any student currently enrolled at a college in the SC Technical College System is eligible to submit. Learn more about the STYLUS magazine, the rules and submission deadlines.
The Tom Bonner Memorial Award
The Tom Bonner Memorial award is given to a student in a 200 level literature class who has produced an outstanding research essay on a work of literature. Instructors will be looking for high quality essays that demonstrate students' ability to analyze works of literature and support their analysis with a substantial number of secondary sources.
Dr. Janice Jake, Department Chair
Beltline Campus, Wade Martin Building, Room 416