He holds an MTS from Vanderbilt Divinity School, an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State and a Ph D in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati. DEGREES OFFERED English – Bachelor of Arts (Curriculum Guide) English (African-American Literature) – Bachelor of Arts (Curriculum Guide) English (Technical Writing) – Bachelor of Arts (Curriculum Guide) English (Creative Writing) – Bachelor of Arts (Curriculum Guide) English (Secondary Education) – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide) GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS The admission of students to the undergraduate programs in the Department of English is based upon the general admission requirements of the University.
Students will also analyze and evaluate professional screenplays and understand how they are unique to the film medium. Introduction to the Art and Craft of Screenwriting This course is intended to develop the student’s understanding of the business and craft of screenplays. Independent Study in English This course provides an opportunity for students to pursue independently (at home and abroad) in-depth study in English Literature, African American Literature, English Technical Writing, Creative Writing, or Linguistics, culminating in a manuscript, report, or scholarly article suitable for publication. Dimensions of Literacy This course introduces students to the various dimensions of Literacy.
Finally, students will apply craft specific techniques to their own creative works and share their screenplays in a workshop environment. Students will write screenplays through the process of composing and revision. Humanities III, Great Ideas of World Civilization This is a seminar devoted to the identification, analysis, and appreciation of some of the basic ideas or concepts which have underlain world culture in the arts, religion, philosophy, and social attitudes from ancient times to the present. The Basic Grammar and Mechanics of Writing This course includes instruction and review of the most troubling grammatical and mechanical errors that plague college students’ writing. Introduction to Linguistics and the History of the Language This course covers the nature of language, levels of linguistic analysis, dialectology, comparative linguistics, and the development of the English language. Prerequisites: Senior standing, completion of all General Education requirements, and prior consultation with department faculty. Professional Writing Internship This course includes on-the-job training with an appropriate agency and compilation of a portfolio of high caliber. Literacy will be studied from linguistic, cognitive, sociocultural, developmental and educational perspectives, linking theory and research to practice.
Included in these 120 hours are 96 semester hours of English courses at the 200 level or above with grades of “C” or better.
English (Creative Writing) – To complete a concentration in Creative Writing, the student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of University courses.
A total of nine (9) hours must consist of three (3) hours in each of the following areas: A student must complete at least 24 hours of academic credits before declaring a minor and must have minimum GPA of 2.0. A student also must take nine (9) hours of English courses from the 200 level or above. Required Major Core Courses for All Concentrations in English (24 hours): ENGL 210, ENGL 220, ENGL 410, ENGL 430, ENGL 431 B. Independent Study in English The Capstone Course or the Integrative Capstone Experience is designed to incorporate multiple knowledge areas consistent with the goals and objectives of the English program.
The Capstone Course in English provides an opportunity for majors to pursue independently (at home or abroad) in depth study in English Literature, African American Literature, English Technical Writing, Creative Writing, or Linguistics.Included in these 120 semester hours of University are 75 semester hours of English courses at the 200 level or above with grades of “C” or better.English (Technical Writing) – To complete a concentration in Technical Writing, the student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of University courses.A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in these courses.The teaching major in English must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of University courses.Ideas and Their Expression I This course helps prepare students for academic work by: (1) providing instruction in the foundational elements of writing; (2) focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts; (3) emphasizing the development of ideas through varied rhetorical strategies; and (4) providing an introduction to library research. Ideas and Their Expression II This course continues the student’s growth as a writer through: (1) providing a review of the foundational elements of writing and methods of developing essays; (2) providing further development of critical thinking and analysis skills; (3) teaching the construction of argument; and (4) providing a study of research skills and writing a research paper. Developmental Reading This course includes instruction and practice in methods of increasing rate of reading and techniques of comprehending written material; emphasis is upon vocabulary skills. It will survey cultures from ancient times to the end of the Renaissance. It will begin with the Baroque period and will include Neo-Classicism. The Humanities in America This course is a survey of the interrelationship of American and African-American literature, music, and art from colonial times to the present. Humanities Perspectives of the South This course is a study of selected topics in literature, art, music, philosophy, and other branches of the humanities. Film and Culture This course examines film as a legitimate form of artistic expression worthy of serious critical analysis.Romanticism, and modern modes of artistic expression. The course will also include a study of the American historical, social, and philosophical experience. It is an elective course primarily for non-English majors. Consequently, film will be studied as history (including its relationship to other print and non-print media), aesthetic theory, ideology, and cultural artifact.Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which film not only reflects, but also shapes, contemporary culture. Screenwriting: Adapting History for Film This course introduces students to the craft of screenplay writing based on a specific historical event, person, or place.Students will research a historical phenomenon, adapt it into a compelling story, and employ the craft of screenwriting to share that story.Within the basement of the three-bedroom house that I rent in Tuscaloosa, there is a portal to hell.This particular hole belongs to Mikhail, the devil that has called Alabama his home for over a thousand years.