By design, the English BA provides students with a comprehensive array of courses rooted in the conviction that the study of literature is critical to the development of reading, writing, and thinking skills – all of which are necessary beyond disciplinary study and are requirements sought by employers in all professions.
English majors follow a coherent, yet flexible, sequence that begins with a survey of critical approaches and questions germane to the study of literature.
From there, students take survey courses that provide an outline of major works, authors, and literary periods. Moving beyond this required sequence, students choose courses across an array of subjects and topics – pursuing self-defined tracks configured narrowly toward a specialization or comprehensively toward a generalist orientation.
Either way, the curriculum fully engages students in their exploration of literature in English while continually reinforcing the core values of critical thinking and effective communication.
There are two Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.
The curriculum is designed to fully engage students in their exploration of English as a discipline, focusing on literary studies, creative writing, and professional discourse, and to expand their appreciation and understanding of the variety of voices and concerns found in English-speaking literary production.
Students complete the BA English major with an emphasis in English education and pedagogy, including a sequence of courses on teaching literature, writing, and language arts. In addition, students will take the required professional education courses needed for teacher certification (grades 7-12) in the state of Mississippi.
The English major prepares undergraduates for careers in teaching, law, business administration, and almost any other field that requires finely-tuned analytical and communication skills – skills ranked among the highest sought by employers across all fields.
Recent alumni have found employment in publishing, advertising, editing, teaching, and management positions. Others have gone on to graduate or professional programs in law, literature, and creative writing.
A course that examines the major works of fantasy writers.
Stresses the techniques of short fiction or poetry writing through writing workshops
A course that focuses on enhancing writing, research, and documentation skills while strengthening rhetorical awareness. It examines environmental writing from the 19th century to today, including literary and legal texts, as sources of advocacy for environmental justice.
A class on representations of social deviance in contemporary novels from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
A survey of late 19th- and 20th-century African American civil rights literature.
Favorite Course: ENG 322/422: Poetry Workshop
Expertise: Nationally and internationally published poet
Favorite Course: ENG 410: Jewish-American Literature
Expertise: Robert Frost and Modern American Poetry
Favorite Course: ENG 473: Studies in African American Literature
Expertise: 19th and 20th Century African American Literature
Favorite Course: ENG 365: Digital Literacies
Expertise: Rhetoric and Composition Studies
Favorite Course: ENG 463: Victorian Gothic
Expertise: British Victorian Literature
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.