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Check out the latest issue of the Department of English newsletter, Active Voice.

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Listen to some of our faculty talk about our programs and our focus on our students.

Upcoming Events

“Humanities at Work (in the Curriculum)” virtual lecture, September 20

A presentation at noon by Dr. Lissette Lopez Szwydky (U Arkansas-Fayetteville). Dr. Szwydky will discuss why and how career preparedness should be integrated into English courses at both the undergrad and graduate levels. Although the event will be virtual and available to watch through Microsoft Teams, there will also be a public viewing of the lecture in Carlisle Hall 201.

Email Desiree Henderson

Book Club Meeting, September 26

Our first meeting for the fall semester is at 3:30 PM in Carlisle Hall 201, where we will discuss Suzanne Collins' The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Along with great conversation, light snacks will be provided. Be sure to follow us on social media (@utaenglish) to vote for the next two books!

Email Rachael Mariboho

Writing Center Open House, September 27

Join the UTA Writing Center for an Open House to celebrate 35 years of service to the UTA community. Come by the Writing Center (Central Library 411) between 10 AM and 1 PM for snacks, giveaways, writing activities, and more! Open to all!

Email Mike Brittain

Table Talk with Dr. Desiree Henderson, September 27

Join us at 12:00 PM in Carlisle Hall 201 for our second Table Talk of the fall semester. Dr. Henderson will be discussing the process of applying to graduate school.

Email Kaci O'Donnell

Recent News


We greatly appreciate the gifts of UTA English friends and alumni. Your contributions help to support student success, allow departmental programs to grow, and aid in the professional development of our faculty and graduate students.


By teaching students to read closely, analyze carefully, and communicate effectively, the Department of English prepares students to succeed in a global economy and to participate in a global democracy.

Today’s rapid pace of technological development calls for workers who are nimble and responsive to change, those who have the curiosity and know-how to acquire new skills. At the same time, a functioning, stable globalized society relies on citizens who possess linguistic facility and historical understanding—and who are able to draw on those skills in order to confront some of the most vexing challenges of the twenty-first century with rigor and imagination.

In the Department of English, we focus on both the analysis and the production of texts in order to develop writers for the twenty-first century, imaginative thinkers who can compose in numerous multimedia formats in order to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.

Students in our classes learn to read closely and carefully, to write persuasively, intelligently, and with clarity. They learn to plan projects, work in teams, complete research, and meet deadlines. Finally, they practice listening well and looking hard so that they might understand another person’s perspective, whether across a gulf of centuries or across a border. Such “soft skills” deepen our understanding of what it means to be a human, connected to other humans, from the classical period to the present.

We welcome you to our website, where you can explore our wide range of courses in literature, rhetoric, composition, creative writing, technical and professional communication, and literary, cultural, and digital media theory.