"The more a person knows, the more things have gone wrong."
- Umberto Eco, Numero Zero (2015) English @ USA
Welcome to the Department of English, one of the largest departments at the University
of South Alabama. More than 4500 students attend courses every year offered by our
dedicated and diverse
faculty. In addition to serving our undergraduate majors, we offer minors in English and professional writing, we administer the University's freshman composition program, and we have a vibrant Master's program with concentrations in literature and creative writing. We also co-host the USA Writer in Residence and we house the Stokes Center for Creative Writing.
From Freshman Writing to advanced graduate work, the Department of English offers
students the tools they need to understand and interact with the world around them:
reading, writing, and interpretation. A variety of courses in writing, language, and
rhetoric develop effective, critical communication and thinking skills. Courses on
literary genres, periods, theories, and themes, and on literary criticism, provide
opportunities to engage with and in literary traditions and practices and an understanding
of the role and value of literature in our own world.
THURS & FRI, MARCH 2 & 3, 2017 The USA Center for the Study of War and Memory will host a two-day symposium titled "France and the Memory of the Great War." The conference features presentations by
scholars from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a keynote address
by the foremost French scholar of the Great War, Annette Becker (University of Paris). More...
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017 The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin at 4pm in the Marx Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017 The English Department's annual Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 4pm on
Thursday, March 23 at the Faculty Club.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017 The IMC presents David Dondero, live at Satori Coffee House. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show begins at 8pm. As
always, admission is free to USA students and a suggested donation of only $5 for
all others. More... News
Congratulations to Leah Evans (MA, 2015) on winning the USA outstanding thesis award for 2017 in the field of Humanities
and Fine Arts at USA for her literature thesis: "Odd Creatures and Unlikeable Heroines:
Reading Beyond Convention in Jane Austen" (chaired by John Halbrooks). She will receive
her award at the USA Graduate Forum on Thursday, April 13 at 1:15 p.m. in the Student