Samford’s English major cultivates knowledge of literary and cinematic traditions, and offers a flexible skill set suited to success in a wide range of professions. Our faculty mentors help students develop excellence in critical thinking, persuasive writing and speaking, information literacy, interpretation and project management. They also lead them through the research experiences, internships and professional networking essential for graduate study and careers.
A minor in English, with its emphasis on American and English literature, can add unique value to majors and careers in history, sociology, political science, philosophy, religion, studies, geography, communication studies and journalism.
A minor in writing allows students to study writing as a discipline, a means of self-expression, and an academic and professional tool. It’s an ideal complement for any degree or career that values expertise in written discourse for both traditional and electronic formats.
The creative writing concentration, provides a foundation in English literature with a strong component in writing poetry, short fiction and literary nonfiction. Students read extensively, learn the history and theory of literary forms and develop their personal skills in a craft-based workshop where their work is considered alongside the work of proven masters. In their final semester, students write a creative writing thesis in a specific genre. A minimum 3.0 highschool GPA and writing sample audition are required to apply and a C- or better in all core concentration courses is required to fulfill the concentration requirements.
Film studies combines a foundation in English literature with a strong film studies component. While studying a fundamental literary subject such as Shakespeare, students learn about the history of cinema, the contributions of influential auteurs, and the complex dynamics between film and literature. Students read films critically, research current scholarship, write original arguments and have the opportunity to perform in-depth studies of important genres and pivotal movements or nationalities. In their final semester, students write a thesis featuring film or a combination of film and literature.