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The Department of English (EN)

The Department of English offers an undergraduate major in English and minors in English and creative writing, and an honors program in English.

English Major (BA)

Department of English, 103 Morgan Hall
www.as.ua.edu/english
English@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in English must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in English requires the successful completion of the following 36 hours:

CoursesHours
EN 205 or EN 215 3
EN 206, EN 207, EN 208, EN 209, EN 210, or EN 249
(or honors equivalents)
9
EN theory, writing, or linguistics¹ 3
EN early literature (pre-1660)² 3
EN 18th or 19th century literature³ 3
EN electives 400 level 9
EN electives 300 or 400 level 6
Total 36
   
Students must earn 3 hours chosen from each of the following areas:
 
¹Theory, writing, or linguistics: EN 300, EN 301, EN 303, EN 309, EN 310, EN 319, EN 320, or EN 321.
 
²Early literature (pre-1660): EN 330, EN 331, EN 332, EN 333, EN 334, EN 335, EN 370, or EN 371.
 
³Eighteenth- or nineteenth-century literature: EN 340, EN 341, EN 342, EN 343, EN 344, EN 345, EN 346, EN 347, EN 348, or EN 349.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in English requires the following outside the major: four semesters or equivalent proficiency in one foreign language. Note: Computer science does not fulfill this requirement.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. EN 200 and EN 430 are not applicable to the major in English. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. Among the special opportunities available in the Department of English include the Honors in English program and Sigma Tau Delta honor society.

Honors in English. Any English major with a superior aptitude for and a special interest in English may apply for admission to the honors program in English. The program includes special honors sections of sophomore literature courses, eligibility for the Junior Honors Seminar in English, and an Honors Thesis. The Junior Honors Seminar (EN 399) gives students an opportunity to experience a course which cuts across conventional divisions of literary period and literary form. The Honors Thesis (EN 499) affords students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors who will guide them in readings, research, and selection of a suitable topic for the thesis. To be eligible for graduation with honors in English, participants must complete EN 215, three additional hours of honors sophomore literature (EN 216, EN 219, or EN 220), EN 399, and EN 499. Students must also have grade point averages of 3.5 in the English major and 3.3 overall upon successfully completing the program. Further information about the Junior Honors Seminar (EN 399), the Honors Thesis (EN 499), and the specific guidelines for the program can be found on the Department of English Web site. Students should also contact the coordinators of the Departmental English Honors Program.

Sigma Tau Delta. Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society, aims to promote a mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among its members. Students pursuing a major in English or English education or pursuing a minor in English or creative writing and who have at least a 3.33 GPA for 12 hours of English, and a 3.0 overall GPA are eligible to apply. The society, along with the department, annually makes an award to the English major with the highest overall GPA.

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