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 UT 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 empathetically. 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 pursue careers in the arts, education, business, research and development, government, media, and publishing.

The Department of English offers two degree options: a BA in English and a BA in English with Teacher Certification (BATCH). The distribution requirements for both degree plans include courses in literature, rhetoric, theory, and writing. In addition to the majors, the Department of English offers minors in English, Writing, Creative Writing, and Technical Writing and Professional Communication, as well as a Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication for non-degree-seeking students. Furthermore, the Department of English frequently cross-lists courses with African American Studies, Disability Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Women’s and Gender 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
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
Modern and Classical Languages: 1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent14
Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree3
Professional Courses
Major. To count toward the major, all English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I (or waiver for advanced standing) 13
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II (or waiver for advanced standing) 13
Sophomore Literature 13
ENGL 2350INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION 23
ENGL 2384STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH 23
ENGL 3333DYNAMIC TRADITIONS IN LITERATURE3
Early English Language and Literature3
Rhetoric / Theory6
Writing / Digital Authoring3
3000/4000-level Literature elective3
3000/4000-level English electives9
ENGL 4399SENIOR SEMINAR (capstone course)3
Total Hours111

Teacher Certification

Students wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Secondary Teacher Certification (BATCH) 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 ENGLISH 13
Sophomore Literature3
ENGL 3333DYNAMIC TRADITIONS IN LITERATURE3
ENGL 4326SHAKESPEARE3
Rhetoric / Theory3
Writing / Digital Authoring3
3000/4000-level Literature electives6
3000/4000-level English elective3
ENGL 4370RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS3
Total Hours39

The requirement of six hours of English or world history does not pertain to students obtaining teacher certification. Students will still need to take the required core curriculum courses, UNIV 1131, fourteen hours of foreign language courses, the required secondary certification courses, and the required elective hours necessary to complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree.

Competence in Oral Presentations

Students obtaining a BA in English can demonstrate oral proficiency by:

1. passing ENGL 4399 SENIOR SEMINAR; or

2. passing COMS 1301 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING, COMS 1302 VOICE AND DICTION, COMS 2305 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION, or COMS 3315 COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS (or equivalent).

Competence in Computer Use

Students obtaining a BA in English can demonstrate computer proficiency by:

1. passing ENGL 2350 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATIONENGL 3372 COMPUTERS AND WRITING, ENGL 3374 WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMODAL AUTHORING I, or ENGL 4374 WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMODAL 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.

Minors and Certificate Program

The Department of English currently offers minors in English, Writing, Creative Writing, and Technical Writing and Professional Communication, and we are affiliated with the minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. We also offer a Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication. 

Minor in English

The minor in English may be achieved by completing 18 hours in English with a grade of C or better. At least six of the hours must be at the 3000- or 4000-level. 

Minor in Writing

The minor in Writing 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 undergraduate advisor in the Department of English. 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.

Required Courses
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 MULTIMODAL AUTHORING I
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING
ADVANCED ARGUMENTATION
WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMODAL AUTHORING II
Total Hours21

Minor in Creative Writing

The minor in Creative Writing is offered for students who wish to pursue advanced work in creative writing as a part of their undergraduate curriculum. 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 undergraduate advisor in the Department of English. 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.

Required Courses
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 1
PLAYWRITING I
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: TOPICS
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: CREATIVE NON-FICTION
Total Hours24

Minor in Technical Writing and Professional Communication

The minor in Technical Writing and Professional Communication (TWPC) provides students with training in technical and professional writing, document design, visual communication, editing, and usability, and it helps students become more effective communicators in both traditional and new media environments. Students selecting the TWPC minor should consult first with the undergraduate advisor in their department or program for approval of the minor and then with an undergraduate advisor in the Department of English. Working with advisors, students will select a sequence of courses to fulfill the requirements of the minor. To count toward the minor, all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. This minor requires 18 hours.

Required Courses
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
ENGL 2338TECHNICAL WRITING3
Departmental Electives 16
Select one of the following:3
Interdisciplinary Elective 2
INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH
Total Hours18

Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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 faculty members in the Departments of Art, English, French, German, History, Latin, Philosophy, and Spanish 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 and then with the Director of the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (currently, Dr. Jacqueline Fay 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 more information about the Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor, contact the Director at jacqueline.fay@uta.edu.

Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication

The Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication is designed to provide working professionals and other non-degree-seeking students with the same benefits as the minor in TWPC. 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
ENGL 2338TECHNICAL WRITING3
Departmental Electives 16
Select one of the following:3
Interdisciplinary Elective 2
INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH
Total Hours12

For additional information about the Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication, please contact the Department of English Undergraduate Advising Office at 817-272-5694.