Department of English

Do you want to learn how to speak persuasively, read analytically, write effectively and to think critically? Then you'll find yourself right at home in the Department of English.

Prospective students will choose from our two English major programs: English Education or English. Claflin offers minors in Theatre Arts, Creative Writing, Gender Studies, English, American Studies, Professional Writing Studies, ESOL Minor and Certificate (English for Speakers of Other Languages),and a certificate program in Gender Studies. Our English programs are designed to give you an aesthetic appreciation for literature, language, and cultures, and learn valuable research techniques.


Edisto River Review October 2023

In August of 2014, Claflin’s English Department began sponsoring a themed, cross-university literary contest. In 2019, in cooperation with the Art Department, we asked students to submit their best works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and, for the first time, cover art. We awarded first, second, and third place winners in the four categories. This year, along with the award winners, our editors have again selected the best of the rest and published the collection in our "Gun Violence: How Has It Affected You and Your Family?"-themed student journal: the 2023 Edisto River Review. This edition, our fourth 100% student-content edition, is hot off the press. In it, you’ll find submissions by students from across Claflin’s departments and schools. If these works don’t knock your socks off, I don’t know what will. Enjoy!


Nick R. Robinson, MFA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Editor, Edisto River Review

  • 2022 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Nonfiction
  • Notable Essay, 2022 Best American Essays
  • Winner, 2022 Patty Friedmann Writing Competition: Creative Nonfiction
  • 2021 Tennessee Williams Scholar in Nonfiction
  • Winner, 2020 Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Prize
  • Winner, Willamette Writers' 2020 Kate Snow Writing Contest, nonfiction category
  • Winner, 2020 Dreamers Magazine's Nonfiction Writing Contest
    English Department
    Claflin University


This project addresses business and innovation in the area of women’s family-based entrepreneurship in West Bengal. Promoting the growth of sustainable small businesses led by women will be the focus of this project.

Project synopsis

Claflin University, a non-profit private university in Orangeburg, SC, U.S.A. and Visva Bharati University in West Bengal, India present this proposal for a one-year project in promoting women’s family-based entrepreneurship in West Bengal. The proposed Claflin University-Visva Bharati University project will address the small business development needs of women and their family members who work with them. There are six proposed activities of this project to be conducted over twelve months. These project activities will benefit the state of West Bengal in India in increasing women’s entrepreneurship. The training programs should have tangible impacts on job creation and entrepreneurship. For the benefit of the region in the U.S, where Claflin University is located, project staff will explore the prospects of offering a similar training program for women’s family-based small businesses. The project will also expand academic research on entrepreneurship among faculty and students in both institutions.

Project activities

  1. Review of research, networks, and resources for entrepreneurship development identifying best practices and benchmarks.
  2. Develop two levels of entrepreneurship and innovation training programs for women (and families) and run two pilot projects for each program in the Santiniketan area.
  3. Set up a website for online classes for video learning as well as certificate programs. The website will also serve as one-stop information source for resources for small and micro businesses.
  4. Set up a “Consortium for Entrepreneurship Development” among women from low income families in West Bengal to plan, to arrange, and to hold a conference.
  5. Hold a conference on entrepreneurship and innovation at Visva Bharati University and disseminate conference proceedings.
  6. Work with Orangeburg County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to explore the prospects of a similar training programs in this area of the state of South Carolina.
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Dr. Peggy S. Ratliff

Interim Chair and Professor of English
phone: (803) 535-5233
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