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 that 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, Technical Writing and Professional Design, and Sound Studies, as well as a Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Design for non-degree-seeking students. Furthermore, the Department of English frequently cross-lists courses with African American Studies, Disability Studies, Environmental and Sustainability 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 2311, HIST 2312, HIST 2313, HIST 2314, HIST 2321, HIST 2322, or Brit/World History electives6
ENGL 1200 (new students) or UNIV 1101 (new transfer students)1-2
Modern and Classical Languages: 1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent 114
Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree 22-3
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) 23
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II (or waiver for advanced standing) 23
Sophomore Literature 33
ENGL 3333DYNAMIC TRADITIONS IN LITERATURE3
ENGL 3350ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION 43
ENGL 3384STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH3
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 Hours110-112

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
Sophomore Literature3
ENGL 3333DYNAMIC TRADITIONS IN LITERATURE3
ENGL 3350ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION 13
ENGL 3384STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH3
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, ENGL 1200 (new students) or UNIV 1101 (new transfer students), 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 3350 ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATIONENGL 3372 COMPUTERS AND WRITING, or ENGL 3374 WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMODAL AUTHORING; or

2. passing ENGL 2350 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION prior to Fall 2020; or

3. passing CSE 1301 COMPUTER LITERACY (or equivalent); or

4. passing the University computer literacy examination.

Minors and Certificate Program

The Department of English currently offers minors in English, Writing, Creative Writing, Technical Writing and Professional Design, and Sound Studies. We also offer a Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Design.

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
ADVANCED TECHNICAL WRITING
WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMODAL AUTHORING
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
ADVANCED ARGUMENTATION
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 18 hours.

Required Courses
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 3375FORMS IN CREATIVE WRITING3
Select four of the following:12
TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: CREATIVE NON-FICTION
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING
Total Hours18

Minor in Technical Writing and Professional Design

The minor in Technical Writing and Professional Design (TWPD) 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 TWPD 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
ENGL 4372 Professional Practice in Technical Communication3
Select two of the following:6
ADVANCED TECHNICAL WRITING
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
TECHNICAL EDITING
TECHNICAL PROCEDURES AND MANUALS
GRANT AND PROPOSAL WRITING
ENGL 3383 INFORMATION DESIGN
DESIGNING TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS
INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH
Total Hours18

Minor in Sound Studies

The minor in Sound Studies is offered for students who wish to focus on sound and culture as a part of their undergraduate curriculum. To count toward the minor, all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. This minor requires 18 hours, at least six of which must be from the Department of English.

Required Courses
ENGL 3380RHETORIC AND WRITING WITH SOUND3
ENGL 3382LISTENING TO LITERATURE3
Select four of the following:12
RADIO PRODUCTION I
SPECIAL TOPICS (when offered as PODCASTING)
VOICE AND DICTION
ENGL 3386 WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
HISTORY OF HIP HOP
PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
PHONOLOGICAL THEORY I
ELEMENTS OF MUSIC
MUSI 1324 EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC THEORY
SOUND DESIGN
LIGHTING AND SOUND TECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSAL DESIGN & ACCESSIBILITY IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
Total Hours18

Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Design

The Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Design (TWPD) is designed to provide working professionals and other non-degree-seeking students with the same benefits as the minor in TWPD. To receive the certificate, all courses must be completed at UT Arlington with a grade of C or higher. The certificate requires 12 hours. 

Required Courses
ENGL 2338TECHNICAL WRITING3
ENGL 4372 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN TECHNICAL WRITING3
Select two of the following:6
ADVANCED TECHNICAL WRITING
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
TECHNICAL EDITING
TECHNICAL PROCEDURES AND MANUALS
GRANT AND PROPOSAL WRITING
ENGL 3383 INFORMATION DESIGN
DESIGNING TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS
INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH
Total Hours12