The English Department's mission is to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse world. The Department is devoted to an innovative curriculum that encourages lifelong learning, critical thinking, and effective writing. We teach students to see textual work as an engagement with history, convention, culture, and place so that they can participate responsibly in a changing regional and challenging global environment. In particular, the Department is concerned with Alaskan cultures, the North Pacific Rim environment, and the intersection of networked technologies and forms of textuality. At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the English Department also strives to familiarize students with a full range of literacies - written, digital, and visual - so that they may become active and well-equipped citizens.
The First-Year Composition program offers courses that fulfill the university's general education requirement in written communication. More advanced writing courses provide opportunities for students to develop skill in electronic communication, disciplinary writing, and research.
Bachelor's Degree in English
To address this mission, the Department offers three emphases in the undergraduate major: literature, rhetoric and language, and secondary education.
All options prepare majors to conduct research in the discipline and to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. In addition, each option offers the opportunity to earn honors in English. The specific educational outcomes that support the undergraduate program objectives are to produce graduates who are able to:
Minors in English
The Department also provides a variety of minors (Literature, Linguistics, Professional Writing, and Creative Writing and Literary Arts). The Literature minor enhances the experience of students majoring in other subjects by providing a study of significant authors and literary works as well as by developing skills in writing and critical analysis. The Professional Writing minor prepares students to interpret and present complex information in a readable form to various audiences using a variety of media. The Linguistics minor is designed for non-English majors who wish to build a foundation in linguistic studies for complementary majors, such as Anthropology and Languages, and for those who are interested in the study and teaching of languages. The Creative Writing and Literary Arts minor allows students to explore the crafts of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry and dramatic writing in an intensive series of workshops taught by active writers in the genres.
To further address its mission, the Department of English also offers a 36-credit Master of Arts in English emphasizing balanced coursework in literature, rhetoric, composition, and language theory. This degree prepares students both to pursue a more specialized PhD program and to take a variety of jobs in teaching, writing, editing, and related fields. Students take three required courses: Contemporary Literary Theory (ENGL A602), Advanced Research and Professional Practices (ENGL A689), and Thesis (ENGL A699). Teaching Assistants (TAs) also are required to take ENGL A687 (Composition Theory and Practice). Otherwise, students enjoy significant flexibility in designing their degree. The degree culminates in the master's thesis, a thoroughly researched and carefully argued article-length work that demonstrates the student's academic achievement and enables students to take on a variety of professional roles or to pursue advanced study. The specific educational outcomes that support the graduate program objectives are to produce graduates who are able to:
Competitive teaching assistantships are also available. Contact the English Department for details, deadlines, and applications.
Questions about studying English at UAA?
For information about English placement tests, challenge exams, transfer credits, petition procedures, or special registration, contact the Humanities Administrative Hub at 786-4355 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask your advisor. If you do not have a degree advisor, you may contact Humanities Academic Advisor Erin Day at 786-1357 or email@example.com.
For information on applying to UAA, class schedules, registering for classes, tuition costs, or financial aid, visit the Office of the Registrar online at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/registration.