The English Major: Concentration in Professional Writing and Public Discourse

The UAB English Department offers an undergraduate concentration within the English major in Professional Writing and Public Discourse. The concentration is designed for English majors who are interested in non-fiction writing for corporate and public life. Building upon a core set of courses in literature and linguistics, the 15 additional credit hours required for the concentration include advanced writing courses designed to hone academic and critical writing skills, professional writing courses that provide valuable strategies for composing in corporate contexts, and courses on the production and analysis of public discourse, including that seen in publications such as magazines, medical texts, and university viewbooks. English majors who complete the concentration might pursue a variety of career options that require advanced writing skills, in areas such as technical writing, publishing, teaching, editing, and business.

Students pursuing the concentration in professional writing and public discourse must take 42 hours of eligible EH courses at the 200-, 300-, and 400-level. For more information about degree requirements and eligible courses, see the online UAB Course Catalog.

If You Have Questions:
  • Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences can guide you toward your degree in English; their offices are located in Heritage Hall 510, and their phone number is (205) 975-0097.
  • For course offerings, check the online class schedules.
  • For other questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director of Undergraduate Studies,  (205) 934-8570, Humanities Building room 207G, or either of the two PWPD instructors: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (205) 934-8600, Humanities Building room 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (205) 934-8572, Humanities Building room 201.

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).