Why Major in English?

Allison Mollenkamp

After graduation in May, I hope to work as a host and reporter in public radio. I’ve spent the past four semesters as a student reporter for Alabama Public Radio, a position I wouldn’t have gotten without the writing skills I’ve gained as an English major. Writing is definitely my favorite part of being an English major, though I love reading classic literature and learning from the greats. I really appreciate how UA’s English department incorporates modern English concepts such as rhetoric and composition into undergraduate classes. Professor Amber Buck’s special topics writing class focusing on writing in digital spaces was such an interesting look into how social media is shaping the way we write. I was also honored to serve as a research assistant for Professor Buck in investigating audience and identity on social media.

This year I’m working with Michael Martone, a Creative Writing professor, on my senior honors thesis, a novel entitled Unfiltered, and serving as the secretary for our chapter of the national English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. I’m so grateful not only for the great education I’ve received in this department, but also for the sense of community it provides.

a young woman

Allison Mollenkamp

English Major; Theater, French, and Computer-Based Honors Minors; University Honors College