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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

The English degree program at the University of West Alabama (UWA) offers prospective students a rich, comprehensive educational experience centered around a love for reading, writing and the art of communication. With a focus on English and American literature, creative writing and technical writing, the program provides a solid foundation for students to explore the vast world of literature and enhance their writing skills. Small classes allow for intimate literary surveys covering a wide range of topics, from contemporary American novels to the works of Shakespeare and African-American literature. The program presents diverse opportunities for students, including job placement and career preparation in various fields.  

Many English majors pursue careers in teaching, specifically in secondary education, while others opt for further graduate studies in English, leading to rewarding academic careers as literary scholars and university professors. The English major’s versatile skillset, emphasizing communication, text interpretation and critical thinking, also serves as excellent preparation for a career in law, where these abilities are essential. Beyond the apparent career paths, English majors find fulfilling work in fields such as library science, advertising, public relations and technical writing, where their strong writing and communication skills are highly valued. The English program nurtures students’ passion for literature and writing, opening doors to a myriad of possibilities and fostering intellectual growth in a supportive and engaging environment. 

In addition to the traditional track, the English degree program offers specializations in Creative Writing and Publishing.

Visit the Academic Catalog for information regarding program admission requirements, prerequisites, course offerings and more.

Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

120 hours

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Sample Courses

EH231 American Literature I  

3 Credits

Survey of American literature from its earliest beginnings to 1865. Prerequisites: “C” or above in EH102, EH104 or ESL103 

EH301 Advanced Composition  

3 Credits

Advanced training in prose composition, primarily argumentation, with emphasis on concepts of audience, voice, structure, and logical development, as well as improvement of individual style. Prerequisites: EH102 or EH104. 

EH302 Introduction to Research

3 Credits

Basic procedures of research for literary studies. Must be taken before or concurrently with any literature course at the 300 level or above, except with permission of the Dean. Prerequisites: Three hours of literature on the 200 level or permission of the Dean. 

Career Outlook

The English degree program offers graduates a wide array of career opportunities in various fields and industries. With their comprehensive education in literature and writing, graduates are well-equipped to enter fields such as education, marketing, publication, public relations and library science. This degree qualifies graduates for diverse job titles, including literary scholar, university professor, secondary education teacher and copywriter.  

Many English majors pursue fulfilling careers in teaching, where they can inspire and shape young minds in secondary education settings. Others choose to delve deeper into the world of literature and academia, becoming literary scholars or university professors and sharing their expertise and passion with students and peers. Additionally, the program nurtures excellent writing skills, making graduates adept copywriters sought after by various industries for crafting compelling and persuasive content. Overall, the English degree opens doors to a vast range of rewarding and intellectually stimulating career paths. 

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