Department of English

Stabler Hall, Room 501, (501) 569-3161, (501) 569-8185 (fax), Website

Interim Chairperson:
Hunter, Angela


Professor:
Levernier, James A.


Associate Professors:
Hunter, Angela
McAbee, Kris
Minnick, J. Bradley
Barrio Vilar, Laura

Assistant Professors:
Condran, Jeffrey
Crutcher, Paul
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, Shakespeare, visual literary studies, and post-colonial literature.

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 English core hours required for all English majors.. 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. The honors courses comprise intensive learning projects, in-depth discussion, and closely directed research or creative 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 “Undergraduate Academic Advising.”)

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (33 hours)
Program Foundation Courses (16 hours)

ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature

Select 2 of the following 3 courses:

ENGL 3331 British Literature 1
ENGL 3332 British Literature 2
ENGL 3333 British Literature 3

Select 1 of the following courses:

ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
or ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
or ENGL 3313 Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 3321 American Literature I
or ENGL 3322 American Literature II
or ENGL 3323 American Literature III
ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives

Required ENGL Elective Courses (17 hours)

3 hours of lower-level credit may be counted toward the total number of ENGL program electives, selected from the following classes:

ENGL 2237 World Literature
ENGL 2339 Mythology
ENGL 2336 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2341 Topics in Fiction
ENGL 2342 Topics in Poetry
ENGL 2343 Topics in Drama

Up to six hours may be applied from ENGL 4100 Independent Study, ENGL 4200 Independent Study, ENGL 4300 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

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (33 hours)

Prerequisite: (3 hours) ENGL 2336 Introduction to Creative Writing

Program Foundation Courses (16 hours)

ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature

Select 2 of the following 3 courses:
ENGL 3331 British Literature 1
ENGL 3332 British Literature 2
ENGL 3333 British Literature 3

Select 1 of the following courses:
ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
or ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
or ENGL 3313 Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 3321 American Literature I
or ENGL 3322 American Literature II
or ENGL 3323 American Literature III
ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives

Creative-Writing Requirements (6 hours)

ENGL 3318 The Essential Elements of Fiction
or ENGL 3319 The Essential Elements of Poetry
and ENGL 4379 The Theory and Craft of Fiction
or ENGL 4369 The Theory and Craft of Poetry

Plus two additional Upper-Level Creative Writing electives (6 hours)

ENGL 3318 Essential Elements of Fiction
ENGL 3319 Essential Elements of Poetr
ENGL 3320 Screenwriting
ENGL 4316 Seminar in Creative Writing
ENGL 4390 Internship (Only when internship is Equinox or other creative-writing specific project)
ENGL 4301 (Advanced Creative Writing Project)

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

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

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

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

ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature  

Select 2 of the following 3 courses:
ENGL 3331 British Literature 1
ENGL 3332 British Literature 2
ENGL 3333 British Literature 3
ENGL 3311 History of the English Language
ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
ENGL 3360 Special Topics (only 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 Young Adult Literature
RHET 4347 (when the topic is Writing for Children and Families)
SCED 4316 Adolescent Literature

English Electives (6 hours)

3 hours must be upper-level

Required Minor (18 hours)

Secondary Education

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 of ENGL courses with    a GPA of 2.0 or higher in these courses. Only 6 hours of the total  18 hours may be lower-level courses (2000-level). Only 6 hours of internship courses may count toward the 18-hour total.

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 will include ENGL 2336 Introduction to Creative Writing (pre-requisite). 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