English - Undergraduate Programs

Overview

By majoring in English, students are involved simultaneously with two activities that are essentially and uniquely human: language and art.  The mission of the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Arlington is to educate students about the powers and pleasures of literary and other kinds of language.

The curriculum provides students with an understanding of theoretical and analytical processes which enable them to assimilate a variety of textual materials representing many cultures and historical periods.  Students will learn to read closely, critically, and with empathy.  In addition, students will learn to conduct scholarly research and to produce clear and cogent arguments in both written and oral form.  These skills are widely applicable for English graduates who seek out and create careers in the arts, education, business, research and development, government, media, and publishing.

The English department offers two degree options: a BA in English and a BA in English with Teacher Certification (BATCH).  Students choosing the BA in English will meet several distribution requirements but also have the flexibility to specialize in one of six different concentrations: Generalist, Multicultural and Comparative Literatures, Language and Rhetoric, Gender and Sexuality, Critical Theory, and Environment.  In addition to the majors, the English Department offers minors in English, in Writing, and in Creative Writing. The department plans to offer a Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication starting in Fall 2016. The English Department frequently cross-lists courses with Women's Studies, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
HIST 2301, HIST 2302, HIST 2313, or HIST 2314 or Brit/World History electives6
Electives sufficient to complete the total number of hours required for the degree (120 hours)
Modern and Classical Languages: 1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent14
Professional Courses
Major. To count toward the major, all English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. 1
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I (or waiver for advanced standing)3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II (or waiver for advanced standing)3
ENGL 2350INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION (This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level English courses. English majors must pass this course with a C or better in order to receive credit toward the major for any 3000/4000-level English courses.) 23
ENGL 2384STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH (This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all upper-level English courses. English majors must passs this course with a C or better in order to receive credit toward the major for any 3000/4000 level English courses)3
Sophomore literature 3
12 hours of 3000/4000-level courses, distributed as follows: AREA A, Literature written in English before mid-seventeenth century (3 hours); ABEA 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); 12
ENGL 4399SENIOR SEMINAR (capstone course)3
3000/4000-level elective (3 hours)3
12 hours of 3000/4000 level courses organized in a Concentration. A Concentration consists 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 count one course from another department toward the 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. 12
Sum Hours98
1

To count toward the major, each English course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

2

English majors must pass this course with a grade of C or better in order to receive credit toward the major for any 3000/4000-level English courses.

Teacher Certification

Students wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Secondary Teacher Certification must complete LIST 4343 CONTENT AREA READING AND WRITING and 36 hours in English. To count toward the major, each English course must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required English courses are:

ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I (or waiver for advanced standing)3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II (or waiver for advanced standing)3
ENGL 2350INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION 13
ENGL 2384STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH3
Literature on the sophomore level or above3
ENGL 3340HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 3351HISTORY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I3
ENGL 3361HISTORY OF WORLD LITERATURE I3
or ENGL 3362 HISTORY OF WORLD LITERATURE II
Select one of the following (Writing/Composition Group):3
ADVANCED EXPOSITION
COMPUTERS AND WRITING
ADVANCED ARGUMENTATION
WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING
WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING II
Select one of the following (Cultural Diversity Group):3
US CHICANO/LATINO LIT
AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
MEXICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITERATURES
POST-COLONIAL LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
GAY AND LESBIAN LITERATURE
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
LITERATURE BY WOMEN
ENGL 4326SHAKESPEARE3
ENGL 4370RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS3
Total Hours36
1

BATCH majors must pass this course with a C or better in order to receive credit toward the major for any 3000/4000-level English courses.

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

Competence in Oral Presentations

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English can demonstrate oral proficiency by passing:

COMS 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMS 1302VOICE AND DICTION3
COMS 2305BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3
COMS 3315COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS (or equivalent)3
Total Hours12

Competence in Computer Use

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English can demonstrate computer proficiency by:

  1. passing ENGL 3372 COMPUTERS AND WRITING, ENGL 3374 WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING or ENGL 4374 WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING II; or
  2. passing CSE 1301 COMPUTER LITERACY (or equivalent); or
  3. passing the University computer literacy examination.

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 TOPICS IN LITERATURE, ENGL 2309 WORLD LITERATURE, ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE or ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE. Students who plan to major in English must complete ENGL 2350 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION and ENGL 2384 STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH with a grade of C or better, even if they have already completed six hours of sophomore literature.

Minoring in English

An English 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.

Required Courses for Students Selecting the Writing Option:

ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Select one of the following:3
TOPICS IN LITERATURE
WORLD LITERATURE
BRITISH LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE
ENGL 3371ADVANCED EXPOSITION3
Select three of the following:9
COMPUTERS AND WRITING
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING
ADVANCED ARGUMENTATION
WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING II
Total Hours21

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:

Required Courses for Students Selecting the Minor in Creative Writing:

ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Select two of the following:6
TOPICS IN LITERATURE
WORLD LITERATURE
BRITISH LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE
ENGL 3375CREATIVE WRITING3
Select three of the following Advanced Creative Writing courses:9
INTRODUCTION TO NARRATIVE SCREENWRITING
ADVANCED NARRATIVE SCREENWRITING
PLAYWRITING I
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: TOPICS
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: CREATIVE NON-FICTION
Total Hours24
1

ART 3350 INTRODUCTION TO NARRATIVE SCREENWRITING is a prerequisite for this course

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 the Art, English, French, German, History, Latin, Philosophy, and Spanish 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 of 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 approved courses, with no more than nine hours to be completed in any single discipline. Relevant topics courses 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.

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

The Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication

The Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication provides students with training in technical and professional writing, document design, visual communication, editing, usability, and helps students become more effective communicators in both traditional and new media environments. This certificate is designed for current UT Arlington students as well as working professionals. The certificate can be earned as part of a degree program. It can also be earned by non-degree seeking students as a stand-alone certificate.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours of coursework. Students should start the sequence with ENGL 2338: TECHNICAL WRITING, but they may also concurrently take any of the other courses.

To receive the certificate, all courses must be completed at UT-Arlington with a grade of C or higher. 

Required Courses for Students Selecting the Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication:

ENGL 2338: TECHNICAL WRITING   3 Hours
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE 1 *
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE 2 *
ENGL 4390: INTERNSHIP or INTERDISCIPLINARY ELECTIVE **

* Department Electives:

ENGL 3372: COMPUTERS AND WRITING 

ENGL 3374: WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING

ENGL 3376: BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING

ENGL 3385: TOPICS IN RHETORIC  

** Interdisciplinary Electives:

COMS 2302: PROFESSIONAL & TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

COMS 2305: BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

MANA 2302: COMMUNICATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS

For additional information questions about the undergraduate certificate, please contact the Department of English Undergraduate Advising Office at 817.272.5694.