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The Department of English and Foreign Languages makes an important contribution to the University by offering general education courses to all students as well as specialized English, Cultural Studies, and foreign language courses to those enrolled in degree programs. 

Mission Statement/Objectives

The Department of English and Foreign Language helps Alabama A&M's students enhance their communication and critical thinking and analytical skills and develop an appreciation for language and literature. Instruction in the major and minor curricula provides training that will enable students to advance their knowledge of the disciplines and engage in research, as well as creative and practical experiences.  The Department also helps prepare English majors for future careers in professional areas including education, government, and private industry. In addition, our curriculum builds a strong foundation for pursuing graduate degrees in English or other related disciplines. We believe that well-informed, confident individuals equipped with creative and independent thinking will enjoy a variety of opportunities.

The Department of English and Foreign Languages offers a bachelor's degree in English with two tracks:  literature and language arts teaching.  The Department also offers courses in writing, world literature, French, and Spanish as part of the University's general education program.

Program​s Offered

The Department of English And Foreign Languages offers two majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English or Cultural Studies, and concentrations within each major provides students the opportunity for specialization. The department also offers a minor in English.

      ​MAJORS                 ​                     CONCENTATIONS          ​MINOR                
​English ​English
English Language Arts Teaching (with Grades 6-12 certification)
​Africana Studies (NEW Fall 2017)
Middle Eastern Studies
Spanish/Latin American Studies

Courses in Freshman Composition, Advanced Composition, World Literature, Speech, Chinese, French, and Spanish, are part of the University's general education program.

Department Graduation Requirements
  1. must complete the University General Education Curriculum requirements.
  2. must complete the Department and Major Curriculum requirements.
  3. must complete the minimum number of semester credit hours required for graduation.
  4. pursuing a minor must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any of the 18 credit hour courses required for the minor.
  5. pursuing a program must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required at Alabama A&M University.
  6. pursuing a program must earn at least 50 percent of course work in the major/concentration/speciality area at AAMU.
  7. must maintain the grade point averages and course grades noted on each curriculum page for programs, majors, concentrations, minors, courses, etc. in the AAMU Undergraduate Bulletin.
  8. must earn a grade of "C" or above must be earned in each major course.
  9. must c​omplete six hours of a foreign language.

Contact Information

Dr. Paula C. Barnes



Ms. Loretta Townsend

Administrative Assistant


Campus Location

1 McCormick Building


P: 256.372.5381

F: 256.372.5069


Mailing Address

Alabama A&M University

Department of English and Foreign Languages

1 McCormick Building

Normal, AL 35762

Office Hours

Monday-Friday  8:00-5:00pm