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Department of English

Chair and Associate Professor: T. Hawkins (PhD), (501) 852-0281

Professor: J. Fowler (PhD), R. Frontain (PhD), J. Glenn (PhD), P. Reynolds (PhD), M. Stewart (PhD), T. Williams (PhD)

Associate Professor: B. Chen (PhD), D. Coleman (PhD), K. Conley (PhD), S. Fritz (PhD), G. Jellenik (PhD), L. Leavell (PhD), M. Smith (PhD)

Administrative Assistant: M. Eubanks (BA)

[1] Purposes

The fourfold objective of the Department of English is to (1) improve the abilities of students in understanding, writing, and speaking the English language; (2) increase students’ pleasure in and knowledge of literature as an art form; (3) enable our students to find meaning in large amounts of information and to give them the skills of synthesis to evaluate, interpret, and use this information to solve problems; and (4) endow students of literature and language with the ability to work with people whose backgrounds and cultures differ from their own—that is, to give the English major an understanding of globalization and its implications for the world of work in the twenty-first century.

English majors develop a strong foundation in the English language and in several areas of literature and culture. Traditionally the English major may qualify to enter graduate school in English or to teach on the secondary level. Increasingly, however, our students pursue careers in foreign service, law, publishing, technical communication, advertising (especially digital marketing and social networking), public relations, business management, sales, and higher-education administration. The overwhelming majority of our BA and MA English graduates find meaningful, full-time employment or enter a post-baccalaureate program of their choosing within a year of graduation from UCA.

[2] Baccalaureate Degree: Bachelor of Arts

The degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in English requires successful completion of at least 120 credit hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements (see the UCA Core requirements) and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated major, minor, or elective courses; (2) degree requirements; (3) major requirements; and (4) a minor or second major.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[2.1] Major in English (39 credit hours)

Thirty-nine credit hours of English, of which at least 24 credit hours must derive from upper-division English courses.

Select 1 of the following introductory courses

ENGL 1345 Introduction to Literature and Social Responsibility
ENGL 1350 Introduction to Literature [ACTS: ENGL2713]
ENGL 1355 Film and Literature
ENGL 1373 FYS: Humanities
ENGL 2305 World Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2113]
ENGL 2306 World Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2123]
ENGL 2320 Asian Literature
ENGL 2370 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 2380 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 2390 Introduction to Drama

Select 2 of the following 2000-level surveys (one must be American, one English)

ENGL 2312 American Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2653]
ENGL 2313 American Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2663]
ENGL 2316 English Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2673]
ENGL 2319 English Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2683]

Select any 2 additional ENGL courses at any level

ENGL elective
ENGL elective

Select 1 of the following language courses

ENGL 3315 Gender and Language [UD UCA Core: C, D]
ENGL 3335 English Language Studies [UD UCA Core: C]
ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language [UD UCA Core: C]

Select 6 of the following upper-division courses

ENGL 3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 3345 Literature and the Examined Life [UD UCA Core: R]
ENGL 3375 Internship in English
ENGL 4300 Readings for the Honors Degree
ENGL 4301 Renaissance Literature and Culture
ENGL 4305 Medieval Literature and Culture
ENGL 4311 18th-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4312 Early American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4313 19th-century American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4314 20th-and 21st-century American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D, I]
ENGL 4320 19th-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4321 20th-and 21st-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4325 Postcolonial Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: C, R]
ENGL 4332 Shakespeare
ENGL 4340 Major Authors
ENGL 4361 Literature for Adolescents [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4362 Southern Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4363 Advanced Studies in Film and Literature [UD UCA Core: I, C]
ENGL 4366 Literary Theory and Criticism
ENGL 4370 Gender and Sexuality in Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4380 African and African American Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4382 Race in American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4383 Asian and Asian American Literature and Culture
ENGL 4V85 Travel Seminar in Literature [UD UCA Core: D]

Complete the required, portfolio-based capstone

ENGL 4335 Senior Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]

Designated English major courses are used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living, and Effective Communication. Students will take English 4335, Senior Seminar, as the required UCA Core capstone.

[2.2] Minor in English (18 credit hours)

Eighteen credit hours of English, of which at least nine hours must derive from upper-division English courses.

Select 1 of the following introductory courses

ENGL 1345 Introduction to Literature and Social Responsibility
ENGL 1350 Introduction to Literature [ACTS: ENGL2713]
ENGL 1355 Film and Literature
ENGL 1373 FYS: Humanities
ENGL 2305 World Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2113]
ENGL 2306 World Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2123]
ENGL 2320 Asian Literature
ENGL 2370 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 2380 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 2390 Introduction to Drama

Select 2 of the following 2000-level surveys (one must be American, one English)

ENGL 2312 American Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2653]
ENGL 2313 American Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2663]
ENGL 2316 English Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2673]
ENGL 2319 English Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2683]

Select 3 of the following upper-division courses

ENGL 3315 Gender and Language [UD UCA Core: C, D]
ENGL 3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 3335 English Language Studies [UD UCA Core: C]
ENGL 3345 Literature and the Examined Life [UD UCA Core: R]
ENGL 3375 Internship in English
ENGL 4300 Readings for the Honors Degree
ENGL 4301 Renaissance Literature and Culture
ENGL 4305 Medieval Literature and Culture
ENGL 4311 18th-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4312 Early American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4313 19th-century American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4314 20th-and 21st-century American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D, I]
ENGL 4320 19th-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4321 20th-and 21st-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4325 Postcolonial Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: C, R]
ENGL 4332 Shakespeare
ENGL 4335 Senior Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]
ENGL 4340 Major Authors
ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language [UD UCA Core: C]
ENGL 4361 Literature for Adolescents [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4362 Southern Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4363 Advanced Studies in Film and Literature [UD UCA Core: I, C]
ENGL 4366 Literary Theory and Criticism
ENGL 4370 Gender and Sexuality in Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4380 African and African American Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4382 Race in American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4383 Asian and Asian American Literature and Culture
ENGL 4V85 Travel Seminar in Literature [UD UCA Core: D]

[2.3] Major in English with Teacher Licensure (77 credit hours)

Thirty-nine credit hours of English, of which at least 24 credit hours must derive from upper-division English courses, as well as 38 hours of teacher preparation.

[2.3.1] Required English Courses

Select 1 of the following introductory courses

ENGL 1345 Introduction to Literature and Social Responsibility
ENGL 1350 Introduction to Literature [ACTS: ENGL2713]
ENGL 1355 Film and Literature
ENGL 1373 FYS: Humanities
ENGL 2320 Asian Literature
ENGL 2370 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 2380 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 2390 Introduction to Drama

Select 1 of the following courses in world literature

ENGL 2305 World Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2113]
ENGL 2306 World Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2123]

Select 2 of the following surveys – one must be American, one English
ENGL 2312 American Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2653]
ENGL 2313 American Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2663]
ENGL 2316 English Literature I [ACTS: ENGL2673]
ENGL 2319 English Literature II [ACTS: ENGL2683]

Select 1 of the following courses in film studies

ENGL 1355 Film and Literature
ENGL 4363 Advanced Studies in Film and Literature

Take the following course for aspiring high-school teachers

ENGL 4361 Literature for Adolescents [UD UCA Core: D]

Take the following 2 language courses

ENGL 3335 English Language Studies [UD UCA Core: C]
ENGL 4360 History and Structure of the English Language [UD UCA Core: C]

Select 4 of the following upper-division courses, one of which must be in American Literature, while another must be in English Literature

ENGL 3315 Gender and Language [UD UCA Core: C, D]
ENGL 3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 3345 Literature and the Examined Life [UD UCA Core: R]
ENGL 3375 Internship in English
ENGL 4300 Readings for the Honors Degree
ENGL 4301 Renaissance Literature and Culture
ENGL 4305 Medieval Literature and Culture
ENGL 4311 18th-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4312 Early American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4313 19th-century American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4314 20th-and 21st-century American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D, I]
ENGL 4320 19th-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4321 20th-and 21st-century British Literature and Culture
ENGL 4325 Postcolonial Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: C, R]
ENGL 4332 Shakespeare
ENGL 4340 Major Authors
ENGL 4362 Southern Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4363 Advanced Studies in Film and Literature [UD UCA Core: I, C]
ENGL 4366 Literary Theory and Criticism
ENGL 4370 Gender and Sexuality in Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4380 African and African American Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4382 Race in American Literature and Culture [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4383 Asian and Asian American Literature and Culture
ENGL 4V85 Travel Seminar in Literature [UD UCA Core: D]

Complete the required, portfolio-based capstone

ENGL 4335 Senior Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]

[2.3.2] Required Teacher Preparation Courses

Complete these English courses required for teacher licensure

ENGL 4350 Internship I (offered only in fall semesters and taken with ENGL 4358)
ENGL 4358 Methods of Teaching English Composition (offered only in fall semesters and taken with ENGL 4350)
ENGL 4680/4681 Internship II (taken during student’s final undergraduate semester)

Complete the Teaching and Learning Minor

EDUC 1300 Education as a Profession (complete prior to admission to teacher-education program)
EDUC 3322 Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
MSIT 3310 Learning and Development
MSIT 4305 Classroom Management (taken with ENGL 4350)
EDUC 4210 Educational Technology (taken with ENGL 4350 – 2 credit hours)
MSIT 4321 Classroom Assessment (taken with ENGL 4350)
MSIT 4325 Disciplinary Literacy

Students who wish to pursue a teaching license in this content area must apply to the College of Education Office of Candidate Services and meet established criteria for admission to the teacher-education program. For Admission, Exit, and Retention Requirements, see the College of Education page in this bulletin.

The degree requires successful completion of (1) the UCA Core, (2) the minor in Teaching and Learning or approved substitutions by program coordinator, (3) major field of study content and methods courses, (4) Internship I and II, and (5) licensure requirements established by the Arkansas Department of Education.

[3] Honors in English

Students who major in English and who demonstrate exceptional ability may be invited to enter the Honors in the Major Program. For details, see Honors in the Major Program.

[4] Master’s Degree

See Graduate Bulletin.

[5] Courses in English (ENGL)

Follow this link for ENGL course descriptions: course link.