Honors in English

"Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."

- Mark Twain on Jane Austen


Requirements for English Honors

To be awarded Honors in English, a student must:

  1. Complete all the standard requirements for the major in English.

  2. Maintain a 3.5 overall GPA (University requirement) and a 3.5 GPA in all course work in English.

  3. Receive permission from the Department Chair and agreement from a department member to serve as mentor.

  4. Complete a Senior Honors Thesis (EH 499), with a grade of "A" or "B" in addition to the standard requirements for the English major.

    EH 499 is a two-semester, six-credit-hour course.  Typically, the three Fall-semester hours are devoted to research and the three Spring-semester hours to writing.  Only three EH 499 credit hours, however, may be counted toward the 36 required for the major (which means, in turn, that only three may be used to satisfy the major requirement regarding 400-level hours).  Thus, the student receiving honors in English will be required to take a total of 39 hours in English instead of 36. 

    PLEASE NOTE:  To be eligible to undertake an honors thesis in creative writing, a student must first complete four creative writing courses at the University of South Alabama.  This policy on creative writing theses not only applies to students seeking departmental honors but also to students enrolled in the Honors College.