Undergraduate Studies

Welcome to Undergraduate Studies in English at UAB. Whether you are enrolled in a first-year composition class, fulfilling your UAB core, or working toward a major or minor in our department, we're here to meet your needs.

Our Mission

Committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, the Department of English of the University of Alabama at Birmingham prepares students to read perceptively, think analytically, and develop effective writing skills essential to a literate society. To advance the mission of an urban research university, our department serves UAB and greater Birmingham by elucidating the structure and history of language, promoting creative expression, and providing an understanding of diverse literary traditions for a multicultural community.

Our Offerings

The UAB English Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in English. Within this Bachelor of Arts, students must choose one of the following areas of specialization:

All concentrations share a common core of English classes, including courses in various literary periods, in African/African-American/African-Diasporic literature, and in Linguistics. All English majors are also required to take an introduction to the major (EH 301) and a senior capstone class. Beyond this shared curriculum, each concentration allows students to take courses in the area of study that is most interesting to them.

In addition, the Department offers the following minors:

Qualified English majors are invited to apply to the English Honors Program and also to participate in our Internship program. If you have questions after following these links, contact Dr. Alison Chapman, Humanities Building 207G, (205) 934-8570


While every effort is made to keep information on the Department of English web site as accurate and up-to-date as possible, students are responsible for verifying course requirements and program status by seeing the appropriate university advisor(s) and program director(s).