Student studying in a student lounge. The English Honors program is designed for outstanding English majors. In their senior year, qualified students write a senior thesis under the supervision of an Honors Thesis Committee. Students who successfully complete an Honors thesis will simultaneously satisfy the requirement for a Capstone course in the department of English and will graduate with departmental honors.


If you join the Honors Program in English you'll enjoy many benefits. These include:

  • individual mentoring by exceptional faculty
  • expanding your work in the area of English, American, African American, and world literatures; creative writing; linguistics; or professional writing and public discourse
  • producing an ambitious and original piece of writing (a useful part of your portfolio if you plan to go on to graduate school or a writing career)

Our honors students gain valuable writing and critical experience, personalized writing instruction, and the opportunity to acquire especially strong letters of recommendation from committee members — all of which can help you in your future career or your application to graduate schools. Students completing the program are recognized at the English Department Awards Reception and will graduate from UAB "With Honors in English" at commencement.


To be eligible for the Honors Program in English, a student must:

  • be enrolled full-time as a UAB English major
  • have earned a 3.5 GPA in English courses taken and a 3.0 GPA overall
  • have completed EH 301