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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.


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 XXIV: Call for Papers

Sponsored by the Department of English, Philosophy, and World Languages, Delta Symposium XXIV will be held April 11-14, 2018. This year’s theme is “Discovering the Region’s Voices,” and presentations will explore how people in contemporary communities express their own perspectives on the region’s culture and history. The symposium will not only explore what it means to give voice to people in the region but also how voices have been ignored in the past and may remain silent in the present.

The Delta Symposium, formerly the Delta Blues Symposium, was organized by the Department of English & Philosophy in 1994. The three day conference, including the Arkansas Roots Music Festival, brings award-winning writers, renowned scholars, and well known performers to campus each year. These events attract audiences and participants from across the country.

Dr. Gregory Hansen, Professor of English and Folklore, chairs Delta Symposium XXIV.

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The Department is the home of:

Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies
edited by Dr. Marcus Tribbett

Recent Faculty Books

Bryan Moore authored Ecological Literature and the Critique of Anthropocentrism (Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

Kate Krueger authored British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850-1930: Reclaiming Social Space (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Catherine Calloway (with Alex Vernon) edited Approaches to Teaching the Works of Tim O’Brien (Modern Language Association, 2010)

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 Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman. (University of Alabama Press, 2007)

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