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B.A. in English

Explore the power of texts in human cultures and imaginations.

English majors at the University of Mississippi encounter novels, poems, stories, epics, plays, films, autobiographies and more from the year 449 CE to today. Students will navigate the stimulating and diverse world of English-language literatures. They may also select an emphasis in creative writing where they develop their own voice. Students complete a literary interpretation course, courses across five literature periods or groups, and a capstone course with a significant research and writing component.

Key Benefits

The annual John and Renee Grisham Fellowship and the Summer Poet in Residence program bring renowned creative writers to campus to join our nationally acclaimed faculty. From hosting the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference to attending book readings at the Thacker Mountain Radio Show on the Square, students and faculty members see themselves as heirs to the rich literary history of Oxford.

Graduate Outcomes

A liberal arts education empowers and prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. Related careers to English include journalism, education, business, marketing and social media, professional and creative writing, information technology and science, editing and publishing, medicine, public relations, law, communications, politics, advertising, activism, and more.

Experiences Offered

Our creative writing and academic essay contests provide scholarships and allow students to showcase their talents outside as well as in the classroom. Students have been recognized in the Southern Literary Festival, Mississippi Review competition, & the UM Cinema Competition. They publish in the undergraduate literary magazine, Hyperbole, and work for various student media outlets.

B.A. in English Faculty

Students will find many decorated scholars among our 42 faculty members in the Department of English at the University of Mississippi including Karen Raber, current Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America, novelist and screenwriter Chris Offutt (True Blood, Treme, Weeds, Country Dark), Mississippi's Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly, memoirist and essayist Kiese Laymon (Heavy), poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil (winner of the Pushcart Prize), and the award-winning novelist Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter).

Ignatius Adetayo Alabi
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Patrick E Alexander
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Sarah Elizabeth Baechle
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Deborah E Barker
PROFESSOR EMERITA OF ENGLISH
Monika Rani Bhagat-Kennedy
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Matthew R Bondurant
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Lindy Mae Brady
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Erin Elizabeth Drew
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Leigh Anne Duck
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Cristin E Ellis
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Beth Ann Fennelly
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Ann Fisher-Wirth
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND DIRECTOR OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Tommy G Franklin
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FICTION WRITING
Ari Friedlander
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Melissa Allee Ginsburg
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH & CREATIVE WRITING
Adam Stefan Gussow
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND SOUTHERN STUDIES
Jaime Lynn Harker
DIRECTOR OF THE ISOM CENTER AND PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Derrick Avin Harriell
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH & AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Mary Elizabeth Hayes
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND DIRECTOR OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES
Vivian B Hobbs
SENIOR LECTURER IN ENGLISH
Shari Hodges Holt
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH
Ivo Kamps
CHAIR AND PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Kiese Mekiba Laymon
OTTILIE SCHILLIG PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH & CREATIVE WRITING
Jennifer Dorothy Lightweis-Goff
INSTRUCTOR IN ENGLISH
Kathryn B McKee
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SOUTHERN CULTURE, MCMULLAN PROFESSOR OF SOUTHERN STUDIES, AND PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Alida Moore
LECTURER IN ENGLISH
Aimee C Nezhukumatathil
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH & CREATIVE WRITING
Chris Offutt
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Dustin J Parsons
SENIOR LECTURER IN ENGLISH
Andrew Pfrenger
VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Karen L Raber
Distinguished Professor of English
Peter P Reed
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Gregory Alan Schirmer
PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF ENGLISH
Jason David Solinger
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Elizabeth Carole Spencer
LECTURER IN ENGLISH
Daniel Stout
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BRITISH LITERATURE
Annette Trefzer
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Judson D Watson
HOWRY CHAIR IN FAULKNER STUDIES AND PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Paula White
INSTRUCTOR IN ENGLISH
Ian Whittington
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Caroline H Wigginton
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
Ethel Young Scurlock
DIRECTOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND SENIOR FELLOW OF LUCKYDAY RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE

A major in English for the B.A. degree consists of 30 hours in addition to the 200-level literature courses (Eng 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226) required by the College of Liberal Arts. At least 24 hours must be upper- division, including at least 12 hours at the 400 or 500 level. English majors must take Eng 299 (Introduction to Literary Studies) and at least one course in each of five categories as listed below. The same course may satisfy more than one category, but students must still complete the total hours for the major. One of the 400-level courses must be a capstone seminar. See the department website's course descriptions to determine which 400-level courses satisfy the capstone requirement. Eng 199 (Introduction to Creative Writing) and Eng 299 are the only 100- or 200-level courses that may be counted toward the major. No more than 3 hours of Z-graded coursework may be applied to the major. The following categories must be satisfied:   

Sem Hours Category Courses
3 Literary Interpretation Eng 299
3 Literature of the Medieval Period Eng 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 506, 507, 513
3 Literature of the Early Modern Period Eng 324, 326, 327, 328, 426, 427, 428
3 Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries Eng 330, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 343, 344, 361, 431, 434, 435, 438, 439, 442, 443, 445
3 Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries Eng 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 352, 362, 366, 367, 372, 373, 375, 378, 386, 411, 412, 413, 414, 448, 450, 452, 454, 457, 460, 486, 514
3 Counter-Canon and Critical Issues Eng 307, 357, 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 373, 374, 376, 377, 378, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 388, 389, 391, 396, 407, 412, 458, 462, 465, 468, 469, 472, 473, 474, 476, 479, 481, 483, 486, 488, 489, 490, 491, 493, 494, 495
12 English Electives 300, 400 and 500-level Eng courses as well as the following approved electives taught outside the department: Clc 303, 304, 305, 307, 308, 309, 333; Lin 303, 304, 305, 506; Anth 313; TESL 515, 530.
   No more than 12 hours of English department writing courses (Eng 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405) will count toward the major. In lieu of one or two courses during the senior year, a student may take Eng 499 (Senior Thesis) for 3 or 6 credits with approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Students may satisfy the capstone seminar requirement by writing a senior thesis.    ### Emphases: English majors may choose a creative writing emphasis by taking 12 hours of creative writing classes. The creative writing emphasis consists of Eng 199 (Introduction to Creative Writing) and three of the following courses: Eng 301, 302, 303, 304, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405.    English majors may receive an editing, writing, and publishing emphasis by taking 12 hours of editing, writing, and publishing courses. The creative writing emphasis consists of Eng 199 (Introduction to Creative Writing), Eng 308 (Editing, Writing, and Digital Publishing), 3 hours of Eng 394 (Internship in Editing, Writing, and Publishing), and one of the following courses: Eng 301, 302, 303, 304, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405.    English majors may choose a literature, justice, and society emphasis by taking 12 hours of counter-canon and critical issues courses. Students take four of the following: Eng 307, 357, 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 373, 374, 376, 377, 378, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 388, 389, 391, 396, 407, 412, 458, 462, 465, 468, 469, 472, 473, 474, 476, 479, 481, 483, 486, 488, 489, 490, 491, 493, 494, 495.

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Julie Dhossche

Julie (B.A. in biochemistry and English, 2011) participated in science research and explored Spanish, but turned to her love of English for the honors thesis where she examined songs in the plays of Shakespeare, exploring the meaning of song and music in Renaissance culture. She earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, completed an internship in pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and is finishing a dermatology residency in Portland, Oregon. She is applying for a pediatric dermatology fellowship.

Why study English at UM?
"The study of English is multifaceted--you're learning literature, language, culture, art, philosophy--and you're honing your skills in speaking and writing. The ability to communicate is so valuable in life, and what better place to learn this than in Oxford, MS? The English Department is stellar, and there is something about this place that inspires development and creativity. I never did study abroad in the traditional sense, but my English classes definitely provided me with an opportunity to travel. I spent four years traveling through time and space and humanity with writers, professors and fellow students in our exploration of the English language. I stepped in and out of books and stories and essays, each time gaining an appreciation of how language is manipulated to create meaningful expression and convey ideas and truths about ourselves and our world. People may ask, 'Why a B.A. in English?' I tell them I like to travel."

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