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Fall 2007

The Department of English

203 Carlisle Hall • Box 19035 • 817-272-2692 • www.uta.edu/english
Degree RequirementsFacultyCourse Descriptions

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.

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.

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 a single natural laboratory science (biology, chemistry, geology 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 42 hours. To count toward the major, each English course must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required courses include:

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.

Teacher Certification

Students wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Secondary Teacher Certification must complete LIST 4343 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:

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 Option is offered for students who wish to concentrate in writing as a part of their undergraduate curriculum. With the permission of their departmental Undergraduate Advisor, students may enroll in a series of courses and obtain a minor in writing.

Students selecting the Writing Option should consult first with the Undergraduate Advisor in their department or program for approval of the minor, then with the undergraduate English advisor. Working with advisors, students will select a sequence of advanced courses to fulfill their minor requirements. All English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses for Students Selecting the Writing Option:
English 3371.
Nine hours of advanced writing electives.

Option for Minor in Creative Writing

The Minor in Creative Writing is offered for students wishing to do intensive work in creative writing to supplement an English major or other majors. 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 English Advisor. All English courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses for students selecting the Minor in Creative Writing:
ENGL 1301 and 1302.
Two of the following: ENGL 2303, 2309, 2319, 2329, 2350, ART 2350.
ENGL 3375.
Nine hours of advanced creative writing courses: ART 4354, THEA 3320, multiple sections of ENGL 4330.

Students completing the Minor in Creative Writing will perform a public Senior Reading of a portfolio of their work during the semester in which they complete the 24-hour minor, including presenting their poetry, fiction, non-fiction, dramatic works, or screenplays (which may be staged as reader’s-theatre performances).

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).

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.

English Faculty

Chair

Professor Faris

Professors

Cohen, Morris, L. Porter, Roemer

Associate Professors

Alaimo, Frank, Gustafson, Ingram, May, Smith

Assistant Professors

French, Guertin, Henderson, Matheson, K. Porter, Richardson, Ryan, Stodnick, Tigner

Professors Emeritus

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


View Course Descriptions for: English (ENGL)

Information on Sophomore Courses

Unless otherwise indicated, six hours of first-year English credit is prerequisite to all 2000-level courses. When registering for the second year of college English, students should consult their course outlines printed elsewhere in this catalog. In general, 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 take ENGL 2350, even if they have already completed six hours of sophomore literature. For English majors, this course is a prerequisite to all 3000/4000-level courses. For students not majoring in English, six hours of sophomore English credit is prerequisite to all 3000- or 4000-level courses. However, non-majors who complete three hours of sophomore literature with a grade of A may take a 3000-level course.

Information on Advanced Courses

For English majors, the prerequisite for all of the following courses is six credit hours of sophomore (2000) English including ENGL 2350. For students who are not majoring in English, the prerequisite is six hours of sophomore (2000) literature or three hours of sophomore literature with a grade of A.

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