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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 many professional settings. English majors and minors are taught by talented faculty and field experts in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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. 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.


Race and Identity Lecture Series

Tucker HeadshotWednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:30pm

USA Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard and Journalist in Residence Cynthia Tucker will present Reflections on Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: A New Perspective on Race in America. This is the first installment in the Race and Identity series sponsored by the English Department. This event will be held over Zoom. Register here.

Romero HeadshotWednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:30pm

Dr. Channette Romero, Associate Professor of English at the University of Georgia specializing in Native and Multiethnic literature and film, will lead Buckled Hats and HipHop Tricksters: A Conversation on Political Humor in Indigenous Animation. This event will be held over Zoom. Register here.

Brown HeadshotWednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:30pm

Rev. Joseph Brown, SJ, Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, will present Race and Identity in Literature and Culture. This event will be held over Zoom. Registration link coming soon!

Pettus HeadshotWednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:30pm

Dr. Mudiwa Pettus, Assistant Professor of English Composition and Rhetoric at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will present Against Compromise: What Black Rhetorical Education in the Age of Booker T. Washington Teaches Us About Our Current Moment. This event will be held over Zoom. Registration link coming soon!

▼   Announcements
  • Frye Gaillard Reading: January 28, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
    Frye Gaillard, USA Writer in Residence, will read from his new book, Live As If... A Teacher's Love Story, reflecting on the life and work of his wife, Nancy Gaillard, who died of leukemia in 2018. Partly a memoir of a vibrant marriage, Live As If... also recounts the story of Nancy's work as a public school teacher, principal, and assistant professor at South Alabama, as well as her final journey with leukemia. "If love had a voice and could tell us its story," says best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry, winner of the Harper Lee Award, "it would be this one by Frye Gaillard. As Gaillard recounts the extraordinary life of his wife, Nancy, he . . . offers us a peek into a life so well-lived, a life so full of courage and generosity, that it changes us just by reading about her."  Register for the event here:

  • Spring 2021 Themed Literature Surveys
    The Department of English has lined up some exciting, 200-level, themed literature surveys for spring semester.  Click here to see what we're offering.

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