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These are exciting times in the Humanities as the traditional issues of literature and philosophy are supplemented with questions about the roles of gender and race. From Shakespeare to Creative Writing to Feminist Philosophy to Minority Literary Studies, we have the courses for you.

Even if you are committed to another major, we have minors in English, Philosophy, Folklore, Religious Studies, and Women and Gender Studies which will complement your major.

Mission

Our departmental mission is two-fold. The service mission is to assist in providing students across the university with critical thinking skills, writing skills, and a broad introduction to the humanities and their importance, as well as provide for a number of other majors advanced skills and knowledge in the humanities which those programs believe their graduates need.

The degree mission of the department is to provide department graduates with the skills and knowledge for a variety of careers or for graduate or law school or other professional study through the development of close reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and through an in-depth study of a discipline.

We also seek to enhance the student's role as citizen, not only through the enhancement of analytic and problem solving skills, but also through the development of aesthetic and moral awareness.

Delta Symposium

The Delta Blues Symposium was organized by the Department of English & Philosophy in 1994. The conference brings award-winning writers, renowned scholars and well known performers to campus each year attracting audiences and participants from across the country.


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Journals

The Department is the home of:

Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies
Edited by Dr. Janelle Collins, Associate Professor of English


Recent Faculty Books

Bryan Moore authored Ecology and Literature: Ecocentric Personification from Antiquity to the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Robert Lamm, co-authored Dynamic Argument. (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

Gregory Hansen authored A Florida Fiddler’s Century. (University of Alabama Press, 2007)

William Clements edited the four-volume, Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife. (Greenwood Press, 2006)


Faculty Awards

Kate Krueger, ASU Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2011)

Gregory Hansen, University Award for Research (2008)

Jeanine Schroer, Campus Diversity Excellence Award (2008)

Janelle Collins, Friends of Diversity Award (2008)

Frances Malpezzi, Lt. Colonel Barney Smith Professor of the Year Award (2008)

Robert Lamm, Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)