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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

Preview of Spring 2024 courses, October 9 and 10

Come hear about what's coming up in the spring semester! You'll find out the titles and descriptions of upcoming English courses being offered, so you can get a jump on your planning. More information coming soon (including the meeting location(s) and exact times for these events).

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"Fire Bones" Multimedia Experience, October 18

Please join our Sound Studies and Creative Writing Minors in welcoming UTA Art’s own Bart Weiss and SMU English’s Greg Brownderville who, along with an excellent cast and crew, have produced an engrossing multimedia narrative experience in Fire Bones, created for smartphones and available free online. The UTA premiere presentation (with Q&A) will be at 6 PM in the Chemistry and Physics Building, room 303. Please enjoy the work now by clicking on the link and plan to attend the event to celebrate it.

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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.