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Why Study English?

The English major is applicable to just about any career, an excellent preparation for graduate and law schools, careers in education, publishing, and more. To study English is to engage in literary works, for the love of reading and analysis. By choosing from a wide selection of electives, the English major provides both critical and creative writing skills, while discussing a full range of themes, including environmental, gender, social, digital, and educational concerns.

USM English had 100% placement in English Licensure for the past 4 years!

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8Program-Specific Scholarships
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What Will I Learn?

By design, the BA in English offers 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 skills highly sought by employers in all professions. In addition, there are opportunities to explore and develop skills in:

  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Reading
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Professional Writing
  • English Education
  • Regular participation in Sigma Tau Delta Sponsored National Conference
  • Annual participation and award winning Undergraduate Research Symposium - Eagles Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research
  • Nelma and Marlin Ivey Business Administration and English Scholarship
  • Shannon O'Hara and Henry Mackaman English Scholarship Endowment
  • Mary Maude T. Jordan Scholarship Endowment
  • Wilbur and Polly Stout English Scholarship Endowment
  • Howard Wilson and Helen V. Bahr Scholarship Endowment
  • Howard W. Bahr Achievement Scholarship Endowment
  • Florence Burrow Pope Endowed Scholarship in English Literature
  • Janet Sims English Scholarship Endowment

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the main focus is on American and British children's literature, historical and contemporary. Founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond, the Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present.

  • British Studies Program, Summer in London, United Kingdom
  • Château Program, Semester in France

Faculty Feature: Craig Carey, Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year, 2017

Dr. Craig Carey specializes in 19th century American literature and media history, with broader interests in book history, media theory, the history of writing and technology, and the digital humanities. Drawing on a range of archival sources, his work explores the past and present influence of technology on our understanding of culture, literature, and interpretation. He is also co-coordinator of the Digital Archives Research Group.


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English (Licensure) BAGulf Park, Hattiesburg
English BAGulf Park, Hattiesburg
English Minor
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Business Administration
  • Law
  • Editing
  • Advertising
  • Hope Herron, 2001 
    English BA, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Tetra Tech
  • David Love, 2009 
    English Licensure BA, teacher at Wesson Attendance Center in Wesson, MS
  • Katherine Currie, 2012 
    English BA, Attorney, Becker & Hebert, LLC Law Firm
  • Vincent Price, 2008 
    English Licensure BA, recent PhD graduate in teacher education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Charles Dunphey, 2016 
    English BA, Editor-In-Chief, Gehenna & Hinnom Books
  • Carlton McGrone, 2019
     Assistant to the Director, University Press of Mississippi