English

English icon. You will definitely be reading many books when you study with UAB's Department of English — classics of English literature, African American literature, World literature, and more. We will also teach you to read perceptively, think analytically, and develop effective writing skills essential to a literate society. You will learn creative problem-solving and research methods, and develop the capacity to articulate or explain complexities as succinctly as possible.

What are the program strengths?

You will create a senior capstone seminar or project, which will enable you to look back over your coursework and prepare for life after graduation. You can also apply for an internship or pursue your own research in an honors thesis. The department has several different student groups: a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national honor society for English, and our own Professional Writing Club, which publishes an online journal, Memorandum. We’re also home base for UAB’s student literary magazine, AURA.

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 like Reading, Writing, and Research; and World Literature, British and Irish Literature, and American Literature; you will be able to take classes like:
  • Interpreting Film
  • Literature of the Supernatural
  • Editing in Professional Contexts
  • Public Discourse
  • Fiction Writing
The English Department encourages you to participate in internship experiences that will enhance your attractiveness to prospective employers.

What can I do with this degree?

A bachelor's degree in English prepares you for careers in business and industry, as well as in areas such as entertainment, radio and television commentary, and museum work. A major in English is also good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, communications, and religious studies.
 

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