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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

  • November 13, 2020

    Dr. Jason Tham, Texas Tech University, gives a talk on "Making and Design Thinking as Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Approaches"
    Location: Microsoft Teams
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

  • October 7, 2020

    Dr. Jacqueline Fay gives a talk on "Sinuous Histories: How Worms Have Animated Us"
    Location: Microsoft Teams: Conference ID: 738 697 807#
    Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Current News


May-Cedrick

November 11, 2020

Cedrick May Receives More Accolades for Screenwriting and Filmmaking

This semester has seen another round of awards for Dr. Cedrick May, a specialist in African-American studies and, more recently, a recognized emerging screenwriter and filmmaker.

Margie-Jackymack

August 24, 2020

Meet Margie Jackymack, Staff Advocate and Leader

This story is the first in a series, Behind the Scenes, where we will learn more about the people who study and work in the Department of English and what they do, especially the contributions they make within and beyond our Department that are not easily noticed or recognized.

Rocky-Landscape

September 01, 2020

Student Showcase Series: English Major Walker Price argues that Big Bend is a Secular Pilgrimage Destination

This story is the first in a series Student Showcase designed to highlight the exceptional work being done by Department of English students during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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