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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.

Donate

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.

How to Donate

  • By Check: Please mail your check payable to the University of Texas at Arlington with a completed pledge form, or clearly state the gift designation (Department of English) on the check.

    College of Liberal Arts Development
    c/o UTA
    Box 19617
    Arlington, TX 76019

  • By Credit/Debit Card: Visit the College of Liberal Arts secure online donation site, and select “Department of English” from the drop-down menu.
  • By Phone: Contact the Office of Development at 817.272.2584.

About UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington, one of fourteen institutions that make up the UT System, is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a dynamic urban center with superb cultural and educational resources.

UTA has been awarded R-1: Doctoral University status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a designation indicating very high research activity, and in 2019 the Princeton Review named UTA one of the “Best in the West” in its Best Colleges: Region by Region rankings.

We are proud to be part of a university with an extraordinarily diverse student body, ranked fifth in the nation for undergraduate ethnic diversity by U.S. News and World Report in 2019. Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, UTA ranks among the top universities in the country for conferring degrees to minority students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Events

  • February 24, 2020

    Katie Moylan leads workshop for faculty and students
    Location: 211 Preston Hall
    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • February 22, 2020

    English Job Skills Workshop #2
    Location: 211 Preston Hall
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • February 14, 2020

    Lost Arts Collaborative Workshop, "Mad Love: Medieval Love Remedies"
    Location: FabLab, first floor of Central Library
    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Current News


Department of English Statement on Protests

June 10, 2020

Department of English Statement on Protests

We, the Department of English, join millions of people across the United States and globally in calling for justice in the death of George Floyd alongside Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and the thousands of Black people before them. Our anger and sadness persist with each case of harassment, abuse, and killing of Black men and women. These events are stressful, frightening, and life-threatening for Black people.

Dr. Kathryn Warren

May 12, 2020

Big Summer Reading Group Reconvenes

Reading as a pastime has gained more attention recently, as people shelter-in-place in their homes and look for ways to pass the time. But for regulars of the Department of English Big Summer Reading Group, led by Dr. Kathryn Warren, this summer will be the fifth in a row that they have tackled a large work of fiction together, although the first for them to do so virtually.

Martin

May 11, 2020

An Interview with Dr. Gyde Martin about her Global Pandemics in Literature Class

Long before COVID-19, Dr. Gyde Martin was teaching a class on the history of cultural responses to pandemics. Recently the Spring 2020 Department of English Promotional Materials Intern, Marie Schreiner, sat down on Microsoft Teams with Dr. Martin to learn more about the course.


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