English Department

"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.