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ENGL 3373

Technical Writing

ENGL 3373: Technical Writing is an advanced, undergraduate writing course emphasizing the processes of researching, drafting, editing, revising, and designing technical reports, proposals, manuals, resumes, correspondence, and other types of professional documents.

ENGL 3364

Gay and Lesbian Literature

This class examines modern representations of same-sex desire in relation to a variety of texts—religious, philosophical, literary and scientific—from the ancient world up through the ‘invention’ of homosexuality in the nineteenth century.

Service-Learning Project: The Metroplex Archive: Gay and Lesbian Life Stories

The Metroplex Archive is designed to be an ongoing project in which each student from this and future sections of ENGL 3364 will interview a gay or lesbian person living in the Metroplex and then, based on that interview, write a brief biographical sketch that will then become part of a digital archive. The goal of the project is two-fold. The first is to create an archive, the first of its kind in the Metroplex, that shows the diversity of the gay and lesbian community in North Texas; indeed, given the growing decentralization of the gay and lesbian population, the archive will, in very real sense, help define that community. The other main goal of the project is to help students, even as they read a number of first-person and third-person narratives in the classroom, to appreciate the real-world importance of narratives—to see, in short, the extent to which all of us, but perhaps gay men and lesbians in particular, come to understand themselves through the process of telling and re-telling their life stories.

ENGL 3371

Advanced Exposition

ENGL 3371: Advanced Exposition is an advanced writing course emphasizing writing that explains, demonstrates, or explores a subject with attention given to audience, invention, style (coherence, unity, and clarity), and to the revision process.

CRCJ 4370

Actual Innocence and Wrongful Convictions

An examination of reasons for wrongful convictions, the law and procedure of exonerations, and how to investigate claims of actual innocence.

CRCJ 4371

The Innocence Project Practicum

A practicum that allows students to work with representatives of the Innocence Project of Texas to investigate claims by incarcerated inmates that they have been wrongfully convicted.

Service-Learning Project: The Innocence Project in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Innocence Project of Texas is a consortium of independent projects from Texas Tech University, Texas Wesleyan, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas at Arlington, and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. The projects’ student volunteers devote their time to investigating inmates’ claims of actual innocence and to working toward freedom processes for the wrongfully-convicted, who would otherwise become lost in the criminal justice system.

Students involved in the Innocence Project at UT Arlington study the law and procedure of exonerations, the reasons citizens are wrongfully convicted, and how to investigate claims. The students then put this education into practice by investigating claims of incarcerated inmates that have been wrongfully convicted.
Within the past two years, the students have investigated cases involving murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery, and sudden infant death. Currently, students are involved in the examination of pending requests for DNA testing in Dallas County.

In addition to classroom learning, the students participate through training sponsored by various criminal justice organizations. In August of 2006, approximately fifteen students attended a seminar sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association in Austin, Texas, where they heard leading speakers
in the field discuss claims of wrongful conviction. Students also attended seminars sponsored by Texas Wesleyan Law, where they heard speakers discussing timely topics such as DNA investigations, the problems associated with eyewitness identifications, and an update on the Dallas DNA Investigations. At each of these seminars, students ‘networked’ with law students and professors from the various law schools then reflected on the effects of this service to the community.

PREL 4316

Public Relations Campaigns

This is the capstone course for public relations majors. In this course, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking and creative abilities. They do this through researching and planning a public relations campaign for a real-world client. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and in- and out-of-class campaign work time.

Service-Learning Project: Improving Communication and Awareness of UTA’s Sustainability Efforts

The partner for this course was the President’s Sustainability Committee (PSC) at UTA. The committee is divided into several work groups that work to increase sustainability efforts on campus. The PSC was doing great things on campus but struggling to get the word out about its many initiatives. This is where students of UTA’s Public Relations Campaigns course came in to help. For this project, teams of 4-5 students worked with five different PSC work groups. Students conducted primary and secondary research on behalf of the client. Based on the students’ research findings, a campaign plan was developed and formally presented to each of the participating PSC work groups. Students also were required to execute an on-campus event on behalf of their specific work group.

Course Instructor

Shelley Wigley, Ph.D.

Shelley Wigley, Ph.D.
Dr. Wigley received a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to UTA, Dr. Wigley has taught courses at Texas Tech University, […]