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Dr.Chapman's History of the Book class listens to a lecture in a collections viewing room, a 13th century manuscript is in the foreground.Students in literature courses engage with works from diverse historical periods and cultural perspectives, learning about the development of genres, forms, and styles in relation to the historical circumstances that surround them. Courses range from broad surveys of a period or movement to specific investigations into a single author or theme; they also reach across the media spectrum, from Elizabethan sonnets to propaganda films.

BA in English: Concentration Literature

Literature is the most flexible of the four concentrations within the BA in English. Students can choose electives not just in literature but in linguistics, creative writing, and professional writing.

If you choose this concentration, you’ll improve your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and the communication and analytical skills developed here are a good fit especially for teaching careers and managerial careers. Students who concentrate in Literature have gone on to work in fields as diverse as book and magazine publishing, web publishing, teaching, law, medicine, library science, banking, public relations and development, and retail management. Many go on to achieve advanced degrees from graduate and professional schools.

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for BA in English with a Literature concentration are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor in Literature

The minor in Literature offers you an exciting and practical way to make the most of your college learning experience. The program gives you the opportunity to read works about the human condition, and the courses will help you hone your writing, critical thinking, primary and secondary research, and text analysis skills.

A complete list of minor requirements and courses is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


Margaret Jay Jessee
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