Department of English

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in ENGL

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Chairperson:
Philpotts, Trey
Professor

Professors:
Levernier, James A.
Yoder, R. Paul

Associate Professors:
Hunter, Angela
Minnick, J. Bradley

Assistant Professors:
Barrio-Vilar, Laura
Brown, Nickole
Crutcher, Paul
Ecke, Jeremy
McAbee, Kris

The Department of English offers instruction in literature, linguistics, creative writing, and film, and is the home of the Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS). The creative writing courses are intended for students who wish to develop sophisticated writing skills. 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, and short fiction. These courses are intended not only for English majors and minors but also for students preparing for careers in such fields as law, business, government, and medicine. Through rigorous assessment, the English Department maintains current and relevant programs.AStaff2_opt

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 option in the English major available to exceptional students. 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 (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

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 (33 hours)

Program Foundation Courses (16 hours)
    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 (18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), 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 (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

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 (33 hours)

Program Foundation Courses (16 hours)

Prerequisite: ENGL 2336 Introduction to Creative Writing

    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 (Typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), 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 (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

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 (41 hours)

Program Foundation Courses (21 hours)
    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), 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 2338 World Literature Themes. 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 21 hours, including ENGL 3313, at least 9 hours of linguistics courses chosen from ENGL 3311, 3312, 3314, 4315, 4317, and 4370 or 4100/4200 (when the topic is in linguistics); up to 6 hours of foreign language elective courses; and up to 9 hours of approved elective coursework chosen from ANTH 4316, AUSP 3360, AUSP 4366, PHIL 3320, PSYC 2310, PSYC 2340, LANG 4322, LANG 4323, LANG 4324, LANG 4325, and SOCI 3381. Students can share up to 6 hours between the Linguistics Minor and the English Major.

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 consult the School director or the film coordinator in the School of Mass Communication.