Welcome to the Department of English

At UTA, we think creatively about what English can be.

Watch to learn more about our department and its versatile degree program and minors.

Upcoming Events

Table Talk #3, October 13

Join us on October 13 at 12noon in Trimble Hall 202 for a preview of new classes coming up for Spring 2022!

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Table Talk #4, October 22

Join us on October 22 at 12 noon in Carlisle Hall 201 for an important undergraduate roundtable, where you will consider future plans for the Department of English.

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Book Club, October 25

Join us for our next book club meeting at Inclusion Coffee, 101 E Abram, at 6pm for lively conversations about stories. Our book for this month is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman--but come even if you haven't read the book!

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Alumnus

Meet Sy

Meet Sy Huq, an alumnus who graduated with his BA in English in 2014. After UTA, he graduated from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television Professionals Program in Producing and went on to win several awards including the AT&T Film Award, an International Screenwriters Association (ISA) Fast Track Fellowship, and an Imagine Impact Creative Network Staff Pick for screenwriting.His film, "Things That Fall" made the long-list for the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short Film. A story he wrote/directed, the film uses a 360-degree soundscape to take viewers directly inside the auditory hallucinations of a student trying to take a test and follows him from the classroom to the library where he connects with a deaf classmate. Sy’s work not only uses pioneering technology in sound design but also shows his commitment to telling new stories from perspectives that are often overlooked or underrepresented.

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Giving

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.

Mission

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.