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The Department of English

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The Department of English



203 Carlisle Hall · Box 19035 · 817-272-2692
www.uta.edu/english


Overview

By studying literature, rhetoric, and composition, English majors acquire experience in assimilating large amounts of material representative of many cultures and periods. They learn critical approaches to texts that enable them to interpret and compare interpretations, to read closely, critically, and with empathy, to conduct research, to weigh evidence, and to write with insight and expertise.

These skills are widely applicable. They enable English majors to seek out and create careers in education, business, research and development, government, media, foundations, and publishing.

By majoring in English, students are simultaneously involved with two activities that are essentially and uniquely human: language and art. They make contact with the literary classics of America, England, and the world. They learn what men and women have thought about themselves and their worlds over the course of history, and they experience what others have experienced in their own words. They learn to understand the power of language and to use it well.



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Admission to Department of English Degree Programs

There are no special requirements that prospective majors in the Department of English must fulfill beyond the minimum 2.0 GPA and the completion of (a) 30 hours in residence and 30 hours of the core curriculum or (b) 12 hours in residence and 40 hours of the core curriculum.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312, and six hours of English or world history.

Mathematics

Six hours at the level of college algebra or higher.

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of social and cultural studies selected from designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the English Department.

Electives

Sufficient to complete the total number of hours required for the degree.

Major

A total of 45 hours. To count toward the major, all English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required courses are as follows.

15 hours of preparatory 1000-2000 level courses, consisting of:

  • ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302, or waivers for advanced standing (6 hours)
  • 3 hours of 2000-level literature, selected from ENGL 2303, 2309, 2319, and 2329
  • ENGL 2350: Introduction to Analysis and Interpretation (3 hours). This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level English courses.
  • ENGL 2384: Structure of Modern English (3 hours). This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level English courses.

18 hours of 3000-4000 level courses, distributed as follows:

  • AREA A, Literature written in English before mid-seventeenth century (3 hours)
  • AREA B, Literature written between mid-seventeenth century and mid-nineteenth century (3 hours)
  • AREA C, Literature written between mid-nineteenth century and contemporary (3 hours)
  • AREA D, Language, Rhetoric, and Theory (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4399, Senior Seminar (3 hours)
  • elective (3 hours)

12 hours of 3000/4000 level courses organized in a Concentration.

Students will complete a Concentration consisting of 12 hours selected from any 3000- or 4000-level courses. No course which has been counted toward an Area requirement may also be counted toward a Concentration. Any upper-level Topics course may be counted toward a Concentration if the topic is directly related to the subject of the Concentration. A Topics course may be repeated for credit toward a Concentration when content changes, if the new topic is directly related to the subject of the Concentration. Under special circumstances and with the approval of the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, students may include one course from another department in their Concentration. The possible Concentrations are as follows.

  • GENERALIST. This concentration consists of a combination of courses in any topic, theme, or period of British or American literature.
  • LANGUAGE AND RHETORIC. This concentration focuses on the history, theory, and practice of language use and on rhetoric from its inception as the art of public speaking to contemporary applications.
  • MULTICULTURAL AND COMPARATIVE. This concentration consists of courses in multicultural, ethnic, and/or world literature.
  • CRITICAL THEORY. This concentration focuses on a range of critical and philosophical questions central to the interpretation of texts, which include how to understand language, culture, power, subjectivity, knowledge, history, race, and other topics
  • GENDER AND SEXUALITY. This concentration focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in literature as well as in social, cultural, political, economic, and/or scientific contexts.
  • ENVIRONMENT. This concentration brings together several recent areas of inquiry into the relations between texts and environments, including ecocriticism, the environmental humanities, animal studies, and posthumanism. It also overlaps with science studies.

Minor

18 hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.



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Teacher Certification

Students wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Secondary Teacher Certification (BATCH) must complete LIST 4343 and 36 hours in English. To count toward the certification, all English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required English courses are as follows.

  • ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302, or waivers for advanced standing (6 hours).
  • 3 hours of literature on the sophomore level or above
  • ENGL 2350: Introduction to Analysis and Interpretation (3 hours). This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level English courses.
  • ENGL 2384: Structure of Modern English (3 hours). This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level Engish courses.
  • ENGL 3340, History of American Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3351, History of British Literature I (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3361 or 3362, History of World Literature I or II (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3371 or 3372 or 4371 or 3374 or 4374 (Writing/Composition Group) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3344 or 3345 or 3346 or 3347 or 3355 or 3364 or 3370 or 4340 (Cultural Diversity Group) (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4326, Shakespeare (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4370, Theory and Practice (3 hours)

The requirement of six hours of English or world history does not pertain to students seeking teacher certification.



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Minoring in English

The English Department offers three minors. An English literature minor may be achieved by completing eighteen hours in English with a grade of C or better. At least six of the hours must be on the 3000- or 4000-level.

In addition to this minor, English also offers a minor in Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

Option for Minor in Writing

The Writing minor is offered for students who wish to concentrate in writing as a part of their undergraduate curriculum. Students selecting the Writing minor should consult first with the undergraduate advisor in their department or program for approval of the minor, and then with the English department undergraduate advisor. Working with advisors, students will select a sequence of advanced courses to fulfill their minor requirements. To count toward the minor, all English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. This minor consists of 21 hours, distributed as follows.

ENGL 1301 (3 hours)

ENGL 1302 (3 hours)

3 hours of sophomore literature chosen from the following: ENGL 2303, 2309, 2319, 2329

English 3371 (3 hours)

Nine hours of 3000-4000 level writing courses chosen from the follosing: ENGL 3372, ENGL 3373, ENGL 3374, ENGL 3376, ENGL 4371, ENGL 4374.

Option for Minor in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing minor is offered for students wishing to do intensive work in creative writing to supplement an English major or another major. Students selecting the Creative Writing minor should consult first with the undergraduate advisor in their department or program for approval of the minor, and then with the English department undergraduate advisor. Working with advisors, students will select a sequence of advanced courses to fulfill their minor requirements. To count toward the minor, all English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. This minor requires 24 hours, distributed as follows.

ENGL 1301 (3 hours)

ENGL 1302 (3 hours)

6 hours of sophomore literature chosen from the following: ENGL 2303, 2309, 2319, 2329

English 3375 (3 hours)

Nine hours of advanced creative writing courses chosen from the following: ART 3350, ART 4354 (ART 3350 is a prerequisite for this course), THEA 3320, ENGL 4330, ENGL 4347, ENGL 4348, ENGL 4349.



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The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor

The medieval and early modern world saw major social and cultural changes-the rise of the middle class, the development of the individual, the emergence of the nation state, and the consolidation of many modern languages. The Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor fosters interdisciplinary study of these periods, encouraging students to explore and connect topics in language, literature, history, art, and philosophy. The minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies comprises courses taught by members of various departments in the College of Liberal Arts.

Students seeking to minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies should first consult with advisors in their departments or programs for approval of the minor, then with the Director of the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (currently Dr. Jacqueline Stodnick in the Department of English). A minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies consists of six courses (18 hours total; six hours upper level) selected from the courses listed below, with no more than nine hours to be completed in any single discipline. In addition, other relevant topics courses not listed below may be used to fulfill the minor, with the approval of the Director of the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Students should consult the catalog and/or the appropriate department for prerequisites.

ART 3306 Byzantine and Medieval Art

ART 3307 The Early Renaissance
ART 3308 High Renaissance

ART 3317 Islamic Art and Architecture

ART 4306 Mid-Renaissance

ART 4317 Art and Islam

ART 4396 Special Studies in Art History (if topic relevant)
ENGL 2303 Topics in Literature (if topic relevant)
ENGL 3351 History of British Literature I
ENGL 4301 History of the English Language
ENGL 4321 Medieval English Literature
ENGL 4322 Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 4325 Chaucer
ENGL 4326 Shakespeare
ENGL 4334 Topics in British Literature (if topic relevant)
ENGL 4381 Medieval Literature
ENGL 4382 Renaissance and Baroque Literature
FREN 3311 French Literature and Culture
FREN 4332 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
GERM 3318 Special Topics in German Studies (if topic relevant)
GERM 4321 Topics in Literature & Culture (if topic relevant)
HIST 2313 History of England
HIST 3376 Medieval Europe I
HIST 3377 Medieval Europe II
HIST 3378 Europe: The Renaissance
HIST 3379 Europe: The Reformation and Counter-Reformation
HIST 3383 Early Modern Europe, 1580-1789
HIST 4330 Medieval Crusade and Jihad
HIST 4331 Medieval Travelers
HIST 4345 Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714
HIST 4354 Early France: Old Regime and Revolution, 1610-1799
HIST 4365 History of Spain and Portugal
HIST 4388 Selected Topics in History (if topic relevant)
LATN 1441 Latin Level I
LATN 1442 Latin Level II
LATN 2313 Latin Level III
LATN 2314 Latin Level IV
LATN 4391 Conference Course (if topic relevant)
PHIL 3302 History of Philosophy: Roman and Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 3303 History of Philosophy: Renaissance and Early Modern European Philosophy
SPAN 3302 Hisp Lit Trans (if topic relevant)
SPAN 4310 Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture to the Eighteenth Century
SPAN 4313 Topics in Hispanic Culture (if topic relevant)
SPAN 4330 Topics in Spanish Linguistics (if topic relevant)

For information on the Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor, contact the Director at stodnick@uta.edu



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Competence in Oral Presentations

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English can demonstrate oral proficiency by passing COMS 1301, COMS 1302, COMS 2305, or COMS 3315 (or equivalent).



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Competence in Computer Use

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English can demonstrate computer proficiency by (a) passing ENGL 3372, 3374 or 4374, or (b) passing CSE 1301 (or equivalent), or (c) passing the University computer literacy examination.



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English Faculty
Chair

Professor Faris

Professors

Alaimo, Cohen, Faris, Morris, Roemer

Associate Professors

Frank, Gustafson, Henderson, Ingram, Matheson, May, K. Porter, Richardson, Smith, Stodnick

Assistant Professors

Arcé, Miller, Tigner, Warren, Zhang

Professors Emeritus

Barros, Eichelberger, Estes, Goyne, Lacy, J. McDowell, R. McDowell, L. Porter, T. Porter, Wood



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Course Descriptions

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English (ENGL)



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Information on Sophomore Courses

Unless otherwise indicated, six hours of first-year English credit is prerequisite to all 2000-level courses. Students who are not majoring in English may register for ENGL 2303, ENGL 2309, ENGL 2319 or ENGL 2329. Students who plan to major in English must complete ENGL 2350 with a grade of C or better, even if they have already completed six hours of sophomore literature.



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Information on Advanced Courses

For students who are not majoring in English, the prerequisite for advanced courses is six hours of sophomore literature or three hours of sophomore literature with a grade of A. For English majors, the prerequisite (or corequisite) for advanced courses is completing ENGL 2350 with a grade of C or better. English majors, minors, and students seeking teacher certification must obtain a C or better in all English courses they intend to count toward the major, minor, or certification.



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