Department of English

The English major is designed to expose undergraduate students to advanced uses of the English language. This begins with broad exposure to both British and American literary heritage, but the English major also offers opportunities to explore the linguistic bases underlying English and the effective uses of written English in both creative and professional capacities.

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Programs

The Department of English offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English and minors in English and creative writing. It also sponsors an honors program in English.

Prerequisites and Conditions

Unless otherwise stated, upper-level English courses have the following prerequisites and conditions: 

  • 300-level courses require 12 hours of EN (including six hours at the 200 level)
  • 400-level courses require 18 hours of EN (including six hours at the 200 level) and six hours at the 300 level
  • EN 301 Fiction Tour and EN 303 Poetry Tour and EN 305 Creative Nonfiction Tour and EN 307 Special Topics in Applied Creative Writing require completion of EN 200 The Living Writer: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • EN 408 Advanced Creative Writing requires completion of EN 200 The Living Writer: Introduction to Creative Writing and six hours in EN 301 Fiction Tour, EN 303 Poetry Tour, EN 305 Creative Nonfiction Tour, (EN 307 Special Topics in Applied Creative Writing or EN 313 Writing Across Media or EN 317 Writing Center Practicum).
  • Students may not enroll in EN 200 The Living Writer: Introduction to Creative Writing and any other creative writing course (EN 301 Fiction Tour, EN 303 Poetry Tour, EN 305 Creative Nonfiction Tour, EN 307 Special Topics in Applied Creative Writing, EN 408 Advanced Creative Writing) concurrently.
  • Any combination of EN 301 Fiction Tour, EN 303 Poetry Tour, EN 305 Creative Nonfiction Tour, and EN 307 Special Topics in Applied Creative Writing may be enrolled in concurrently.
  • Students may enroll in multiple sections of EN 408 Advanced Creative Writing  concurrently, but must request a waiver from the director of Undergraduate Creative Writing to do so.  

Faculty

Chair
  • Joel Brouwer
Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • David Deutsch
Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing
  • John Estes

Courses

EN
101
FC
Hours
3
English Composition

Introduction to college-level expository writing, critical reading, basic citation, and the rhetorical tools needed to participate successfully in the University of Alabama discourse community. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- or higher is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. Offered each semester and in summer school. EN 101 does not apply as credit to the English major or minor.

Freshmen Composition
EN
102
FC
Hours
3
English Composition

Intermediate college-level writing covering the principles of argumentation, advanced critical thinking and analysis, university-level research techniques, and research-paper writing. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit). A grade of C- or higher is required as a prerequisite for advancing to another English course at The University of Alabama. Offered each semester and in summer school. EN 102 does not apply as credit to the English major or minor. Prerequisite(s): EN 101.

Prerequisite(s): EN 101
Freshmen Composition

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