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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, Writing Studies, and Cognitive Science that 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.


The Department is the home of:

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

Faculty Books

Khem Aryal published a short-story collection, The In-Betweeners (Braddock Avenue, 2023).  He also edited the volume South to South: Writing South Asia in the American South (Texas Review Press, 2023).

Michele Merritt published Minding Dogs: Humans, Canine Companions, and a New Philosophy of Cognitive Science (University of Georgia Press, 2021).

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

Janelle Collins edited Defining the Delta: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Lower Mississippi River Delta (University of Arkansas Press, 2015). 

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).