English

English icon. UAB's Department of English is a great option for any student interested in the pleasures and rigors of language. We will teach you how to read perceptively, analyze texts, make nuanced arguments, conduct careful research, and write cogently and effectively. Most importantly, you will get lots of practice developing and supporting your own ideas, an essential skill for your life after college.

What are the program strengths?

English offers an ideal balance between the intellectual and the practical: our students explore intriguing topics in language and literature while developing skills relevant to almost every career field. For this reason English is a great complement to other courses of study, from marketing, to public health, to biochemistry. Our classes are small, discussion-based seminars, and students and faculty get to know each other well. Many of our students get involved with Sigma Tau Delta (the national English honor society) and our own Professional Writing Club, which publishes the online journal Memorandum.

Our students chose to concentrate in:

The study of English literature challenges students to develop their skills in reading, critical analysis, and written expression and also to develop a deeper appreciation of the aesthetic and historical contexts in which authors wrote.
The linguistics concentration is  designed for students interested in careers involving detailed knowledge of natural or artificial languages. The program is not necessarily one for people who speak a lot of languages, but rather is intended for students interested in the structure and function of language.
The creative writing concentration is perfect for students interested in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. It will teach you how to write creatively, communicate clearly, and argue persuasively.
Students interested in non-fiction writing for corporate and public life may pursue a concentration in professional writing within the English major.

What sort of classes will I take?

Along with required courses, you’ll choose among a wealth of courses in both traditional and non-traditional areas like:
  • Romantic Poetry
  • Interpreting Film
  • Black Literary Realism
  • Digital Publishing
  • Writing Flash Fiction
  • Harry Potter
  • Faulkner and the Literature of the American South
  • Phonology

Our students can also participate in internships to enhance their attractiveness to prospective employers. Or you may choose to pursue your own research or creative project with an Honors thesis.

What can I do with this degree?

A bachelor’s degree in English is one of the most versatile degrees you can find; it prepares you for a multitude of careers that involve writing and communication, including careers in teaching, public relations and marketing, editing and publishing, corporate communications, writing for media, and creative work. A major in English is also great preparation for continued graduate and professional training in areas such as medicine, law, psychology, and social work.

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