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Department of English

English major Mandy Shunnarah '13 speaks at an Arc Stories
BSC English graduate Mandy Shunnarah '13 speaks to a crowd of 250-plus at an Arc Stories event in Birmingham.
Photo by Shane Etheredge

English is more than a major at Birmingham-Southern College.  It’s a path that leads students to their lifelong passion. Study the great writers, analyze and understand their works, and hone your own writing. You’ll go on an adventure of the imagination—and master the critical thinking and communication skills sought by employers today.

Being an English major goes beyond the great books:

  • Get hands-on writing experience. Contribute to The Hilltop News (student newspaper), The Quad (literary magazine), or Compass (leadership studies journal).  Our writing minor and workshop classes allow you to focus on different specialties, including fiction, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction and journalism, as well as a media internship. 

  • Find new ways of looking at the world through the creative courses we offer. “Monsters, Monarchs, and Monastics: Legacies of Medieval Literature in Popular Culture,” “The Tranquillized Fifties: American 1950s Literature and Culture,” and “From Suffrage to Cyborgs: Twentieth Century Feminism and the Novel” are just a few examples.

  • Get creative. English majors have organized an underground poetry society that hosts poetry slams—equal parts readings and performance art. They also tutor in neighborhood schools to inspire young students to love poetry and literature.

  • Visit the places you read about. English faculty lead students to Ireland, where they read Irish literature and see William Butler Yeats’ house; to Oxford, Miss., the hometown of William Faulkner and setting of his novels; and to Italy, where they explore the great art and literature of classical and Renaissance Europe.

Dr. Tynes Cowan, chair
Department of English
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road, Box 549028
Birmingham, AL 35254-9021