"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.
FRI, SEPT 22, 2017 The IMC presents Wild Ponies on their Galax Release Tour, 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
Interested in gaining experience in digital humanities teaching techniques? Click here to find out more about our new capstone option for English M.A. students in literature.
Dr. Steven Trout, professor and chair of English, is the 2017 recipient of the MidAmerica Award from
the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature for distinguished contributions
to the study of Midwestern literature. More...
Dr. Justin St. Clair has been selected as a Provost Faculty Fellow at USA for the 2017-18 academic year.
The Provost Faculty Fellows Program is a professional development opportunity for
faculty members interested in developing leadership and administrative skills at the
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