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Department of English

The Bachelor and Master of Arts in English degree programs at the University of South Alabama prepare students for jobs in professional settings including teaching, writing, and business areas. English majors and minors are taught by talented faculty and field experts in creative writing, literature, and professional writing in the College of Arts and Sciences. English undergraduate student Kelsi Fails describes her passion for writing poetry and studying literature at USA.

The English undergraduate program allows students to explore the study of literature and interpretation of novels, stories, poems and essays through critical approaches and writing, build the skills to craft meaningful creative work, and develop skills in professional writing and editing. The English master's program offers students in the creative writing and literature concentrations advanced study and preparation for careers in English as well as further graduate study. Through classes, as well as research opportunities and internships, students build skills in critical reading and writing, research, and instruction that support a range of career fields in business and education.


Upcoming Events

Adeem headshotAdeem the Artist - Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 7:00pm

TICKET LINK: $20 via Brown Paper Tickets

The Independent Music Collective is thrilled to partner with Callaghan's to present Adeem the Artist at 7pm on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Adeem (they/them) is a pansexual, non-binary country musician, a seventh-generation Carolinian, a makeshift poet, singer-songwriter, storyteller, and blue-collar artist. Their music deals in heavy topics that many other contemporary country musicians never touch: gender identity, sexual orientation, the racist past of America, the loss of innocence, and the tragic duality of Southern culture, just to name a few.

Please note: this event will be held at Callaghan's Irish Social Club. Only 50 seats available!

Scarry headshotElaine Scarry - POSTPONED

As part of the English Department's Spring Series on the Body, renowned scholar Elaine Scarry will deliver a lecture titled "The Body at Work: Revisiting The Body in Pain." The Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows, Scarry pursues two central subjects in her work: the nature of physical injury and the nature of human creation. Her notable books include The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1985), On Beauty and Being Just (1999), and Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing between Democracy and Doom (2014).

Please note: this free event is co-sponsored by Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.

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Part-Time Teaching

The English Department reviews applications on a continuing basis for part-time instructors, mainly to teach composition. Literature surveys and technical writing sections are available occasionally for those who are qualified in those areas.

Minimum Requirement: M.A. in English. 

Please send your vita, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references and transcripts via email to Dr. Patrick Shaw:

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.


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