Interdisciplinary Programs

In addition to Linguistics, the Department of English participates in four interdisciplinary degree programs:

African American Studies

African American studies is an interdisciplinary program sponsored  by the College of Arts and Sciences. The program integrates the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and health-related fields. It is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the cultural values and experiences that connect people of African descent, beginning in Africa and extending to the Caribbean, North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

Students can earn either a minor or a major in African American Studies. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the African American Studies Program site.

American Studies

The American Studies Program sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary minor that examines various aspects of American society and culture. Students are introduced to a wide range of different “texts” from American art, literature, music, history, science and technology, political science and sociology, and popular culture. These “texts” may include movies, slides, audio recordings, material artifacts, folkways, and food ways, as well as traditional written material. Students learn how to “read” and interrelate these texts in order to acquire a more complete and multifaceted understanding of American life and history. The minor in American studies thus provides a broad background in liberal arts and social sciences while developing skills of interdisciplinary thinking useful in a variety of careers. An American studies minor complements and counterbalances more narrowly focused majors; at the same time, it enhances majors that are either national or international in scope.

For more information, contact the Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences: (205) 975-0097, Heritage Hall room 510.

Interdisciplinary Film Minor

The Interdisciplinary Film Minor is a 21-hour, individualized program culminating in a capstone experience. Students are required to take courses in each of three categories: (1) Critical and Theoretical Analysis, (2) Technical Applications, and (3) Creative Content. It is recommended that a student choose a course sequence from electives that will specialize the minor towards film studies or the production of experimental, documentary, or narrative film. A capstone course is required of all Film Minor students.

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Siegel, (205) 934-8574, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Women's Studies

Students have the opportunity to earn a minor in women’s studies, a field that investigates the subject of women within specific disciplines and across disciplinary boundaries. Courses explore women’s history, culture, work, and family life and the structure of society and its impact on men and women. Women’s studies examines the issue of gender difference, analyzing its psychological, social, and cultural manifestations.

Because coursework in women’s studies provides insight into the human condition, it serves the traditional liberal arts objective of broadening and enriching one’s understanding of the world. Students pursuing careers that will require them to deal with women’s issues in the fields of government, social service, and health will also benefit from coursework in women’s studies.

For more information, contact the Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences: (205) 975-0097, Heritage Hall room 510.


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).