Undergraduate : Frequently Asked Questions

The Major

  1. Can the EN 400-level "Advanced Topics" courses be repeated for credit?
  2. Can I use one year in each of two foreign languages (e.g. one year of Spanish and one year of French) to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the English major?
  3. Can I substitute computer science for the English major foreign language requirement?
  4. Can I count courses in my creative writing minor toward my English major?
  5. What is a Directed Study (EN 329) or a Directed Reading (EN 429)?

Other Commonly Asked Questions

  1. What is involved in dropping and/or adding a class?
  2. Can I switch sections after the drop/add date if there are extenuating circumstances?
  3. Can students borrow any of the textbooks in the Undergraduate Office?
  4. Is there a copy or fax machine available to students in Morgan?
  5. How do I get into EN 103 and how much credit do I get for taking it?

Can the EN 400-level "Advanced Topics" courses be repeated for credit?

Yes, these courses may be repeated for credit.

Can I use one year in each of two foreign languages (e.g. one year of Spanish and one year of French) to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the English major?

No. English majors must complete the second sophomore course in a single foreign language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Can I substitute computer science for the English major foreign language requirement?

No. Computer science cannot be substituted for a foreign language.

Can I count courses in my creative writing minor toward my English major?

While English majors can count 300- and 400-level Creative Writing courses toward the English major, they cannot double-count the same hours toward both (e.g., if you took EN 301-002, Fiction Writing, during the Spring 2001 term, you cannot count that individual class toward both the English major and the Creative Writing Minor).

What is a Directed Study (EN 329) or a Directed Reading (EN 429)?

EN 329 and 429 are individual projects designed jointly by a student and a professor. Their purpose is to address legitimate interests of the student which are not covered by the Department's regular course offerings. For example, a student might wish to study a particular literary figure or movement in depth. See the Director of English Undergraduate Studies in 103 Morgan to apply.

What is involved in dropping and/or adding a class?

Go to the Registrar's office to drop or add. If it is after the drop/add date, there is a small time frame during which you may still drop/add with a teacher-approved letter that you must then take to Academic Records. For more information, such as how dropping or adding a class will affect your financial aid, contact Financial Aid or visit financialaid.ua.edu.

Can I switch sections after the drop/add date if there are extenuating circumstances?

If it is after the drop/add date, you may switch sections in certain situations after obtaining written permission from your instructor. There is a specific form to fill out in these situations.

Can students borrow any of the textbooks that are in the Undergraduate Office?

No, textbooks in the undergraduate office are not available for student use.

Is there a copy or fax machine available to students in Morgan?

No, but there are student copy and fax services in the Ferguson Center.

How do I get into EN 103 and how much credit do I get for taking it?

You must meet the requirements or be recommended by your instructor to get into EN 103. If you place in EN 103, you receive six hours of credit toward 100-level First-year Composition after you successfully complete 103. If you have previously received credit for EN 101, then you receive 3 hours of credit for taking EN 103.