Department of English

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Chairperson:
Hunter, Angela, ProfessorProfessors:
Levernier, James A.
Yoder, R. PaulAssociate Professors:
Hunter, Angela
McAbee, Kris
Minnick, J. BradleyAssistant Professors:
Barrio-Vilar, Laura
Condran, Jeffrey
Crutcher, Paul
Ecke, Jeremy
Hummel, Heather
The Department of English offers study in literature, creative writing, film, linguistics, and preparation for teaching in secondary education institutions. Students can major in English (for the study of literature and culture), English with emphasis in Creative Writing, or English with an emphasis in Secondary Education.  Minors available include English, Creative Writing, and an interdisciplinary Linguistics minor.

The creative writing courses are intended for students who wish to develop sophisticated writing skills across a variety of genres. The department’s linguistics courses offer instruction in the scientific study of language and literary form. The literature program includes such varied subjects as African-American literature, film, Shakespeare, visual literary studies, and world literature.
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General Information

Students transferring from other institutions into the English Department—either at the major or minor level—must take at least 6 hours in residence in the UALR English Department. Students can share up to 6 hours between the English Major and the Creative Writing Minor or between the English Major and the Linguistics Minor.

William G. Cooper, Jr., Honors Program in English

The William G. Cooper, Jr., Honors Program in English is sustained by an endowment created by the family of Dr. William G. Cooper, Jr., in honor of his distinguished service on the Little Rock University Board of Trustees and UALR Board of Visitors.

The William G. Cooper, Jr., Honors Program in English is an opportunity for   exceptional English majors. A student with a solid GPA and a particular interest in English may apply for the program any time after completing 45 hours of course work. Students accepted in the honors program are invited also to apply for one of the stipends provided by the William G. Cooper, Jr., endowment.

The honors option in English has 33 hours of course work, which includes the 16 hours required for all English majors: ENGL 3331 and 3332; 3311 or 3312; 3321 or 3322 or 3323; 3330; and 4199. Cooper Honors students must take ENGL 4260 (Honors tutorial), ENGL 4270 (Honors project), and ENGL 4350 (Cooper Honors seminar). This seven-hour block counts towards the upper-level English electives required to fill out the 33 hours of course work for the major. The honors courses comprise intensive learning projects, in-depth discussion, and closely directed research projects. Students in the honors program must maintain a 3.25 GPA overall and a 3.5 in their English courses to remain in good standing.


Bachelor of Arts in English

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (36 hours)
Program Foundation Courses (19 hours)

ENGL 2337 Introduction to World Literature
or ENGL 2339 Mythology
ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature
ENGL 3331 Major British Writers I
ENGL 3332 Major British Writers II
ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
or ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
ENGL 3321 American Literature I
or ENGL 3322 American Literature II
or ENGL 3323 American Literature III
ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives
Upper-Level ENGL Elective Courses

    (17 hours—up to six hours may be applied from ENGL 4100 Independent Study, ENGL 4200 Independent Study, or ENGL 4390 Internship)
Minor

Requirement: completion of a minor or completion of an individually-designed secondary concentration (minimum of 15 hours, of which at least 9 must be upper-level). The secondary concentration is proposed by the student in writing to the student’s major advisor along with a statement of explanation. The advisor and the department chairperson will evaluate the proposal and must approve it before it can become official. The secondary concentration should be organized in a coherent fashion and could include courses from any relevant program outside of the student’s major program (note that some courses have pre-requisites, co-requisites, or other restrictions).

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing Emphasis

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (36 hours)
Program Foundation Courses (19 hours)

Prerequisite: ENGL 2336 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 2337 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature
ENGL 3331 Major British Writers I
ENGL 3332 Major British Writers II
ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
or ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
ENGL 3321 American Literature I
or ENGL 3322 American Literature II
or ENGL 3323 American Literature III
ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives

Additional Creative-Writing Requirements (9 hours)

ENGL 3318 Fiction Writing 1
or ENGL 3319 Poetry Writing I
ENGL 4398 Fiction Writing II
or ENGL 4399 Poetry Writing II
ENGL 3346 Form and Theory of Fiction
or ENGL 4369 Form and Theory of Poetry

One Additional Upper-level Creative Writing Workshop (3 hours)

ENGL 3318 Fiction Writing I
ENGL 3319 Poetry Writing I
ENGL 3320 Screenwriting
ENGL 4398 Fiction Writing II
ENGL 4399 Poetry Writing II
ENGL 4301 (Advanced Creative Writing Project)

One Upper-level Course in Twentieth-century Literature (3 hours)
Two Additional Hours of Upper-level English Courses (2 hours)

Note: Students may retake an upper-level creative-writing workshop class one time.

Minor
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in English-English Education Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (44 hours)
Program Foundation Courses (24 hours)

ENGL 2337 Introduction to World Literature
or ENGL 2339 Mythology
ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature
ENGL 3331 Major British Writers I
ENGL 3332 Major British Writers II
ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
ENGL 3360 Special Topics (when taught as Studies in World Literature)
ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives
ENGL 4202 Teaching Literature in the Secondary Schools

American Literature (3 hours)

ENGL 3321 American Literature I
ENGL 3322 American Literature II
ENGL 3323 American Literature III

African American Literature (3 hours)

ENGL 3326 African American Literature I
ENGL 3327 African American Literature II

Additional Competencies Beyond Required English Hours (5 hours)

RHET 4202 Teaching Writing in the Secondary Schools
RHET 3317 Introduction to Nonfiction Writing

Adolescent Literature (3 hours)

ENGL 4375 Adolescent Literature
RHET 1312 (when topic is Writing About Children and their Literature)
RHET 4347 (when the topic is Writing for Children and Families)
SCED 4316 Adolescent Literature

Upper-Level English Electives (6 hours)
Minor (18 hours)
Secondary Education

SCED 3110 Instructional Skills & Assessment Practicum**
SCED 3210 Instructional Skills & Assessment**
SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum**
SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs**
SCED 4124 Classroom Management**
SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents**
SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching and Professionalism**
TCED 4600 Student Teaching**

    **Students must also have passed Praxis I before enrolling in SCED and TCED courses. A GPA of 2.75 is required for admission to the education program as well as the completion of 60 hours, completion of MATH 1302 or 1321, RHET 1311 and 1312, and SPCH 1300 with a grade of C or above in all Block courses. To complete the Secondary Education Minor, students must also pass the Praxis II pedagogy exam (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and all required Praxis II content exams within their licensure area.
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Minors

Minor in English (18 hours)

A minor in English requires 18 hours, which may include either ENGL 2337 World Literature or ENGL 2339 Mythology. The remaining hours must be upper-level courses in English.

Minor in Creative Writing (18 hours)

A minor in Creative Writing requires 18 hours selected from the creative writing course list. Three of these hours may include ENGL 2336 Introduction to Creative Writing. The remainder must be upper-level hours. Students can share up to 6 hours between the Creative Writing Minor and the English Major.

Minor in Linguistics (21 hours)

A minor in linguistics requires 15 hours. As an introductory course, students must take either ENGL 3311, ENGL 3312, or ENGL 3313. In addition to the required introductory course, students must minimally take an additional 6 core hours from the following courses without repeating the introductory course: ENGL 3311, ENGL 3312, ENGL 3313, ENGL 3314, ENGL 4315, ENGL 4317, or ENGL 4370/4100/4200 when the topic is in linguistics. Elective courses may include up to six additional hours of ENGL coursework, up to 6 hours of coursework from ANTH 4316, LANG 4322, LANG 4323, LANG 4324, LANG 4325, SPCH 2310, SPCH 3300 SPCH 3315, SPCH 4312, SPCH 4357, AUSP 2360, AUSP 3350, AUSP 3363, AUSP 3364, and up to 3 hours of an approved foreign language. With approval of the linguistics director, students may petition to count 3 hours from another ENGL course toward the total 15 hours if that course includes a clear focus on language issues and a final or additional paper written from a linguistic perspective.

Minor in Film (18 hours)

The English Department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in film. Minors must take MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures, and 15 hours of film courses in at least two disciplines. Interested students should contact the Film Studies minor coordinator in the Department of Mass Communications.


Courses in English

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for English, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses for: ENGL – English