English, Theatre & Mass Communication
The Department of English, Theatre and
Mass Communication is one of nine departments in the School of Arts and
Sciences. We hold one of the largest faculty bases in the University.
We are primarily a service-oriented department which serves the entire
student body through the freshman year and one semester of the sophomore
year. Our courses range from English Composition and literature courses
to courses in humanities, foreign languages, broadcast and print
journalism, and theatre arts. Our faculty members represent a diverse
and well-learned part of the southeast Arkansas population and
professoriate. Our areas of expertise range from composition and
rhetoric; British, American and African American Literatures; and
creative writing to Spanish, French, journalism, directing and acting.
There are twenty-one full-time faculty members within the Department.
Sixteen hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.F.A.). The department also
has three full-time support staff persons.
Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communication, as part of the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, believes it has an important role
to play in the education of people who will shape the future of the
state, the nation, and indeed, the world. While technical skills in the
areas of writing, self expression and communication will certainly be
of use to these future leaders, we believe, as practitioners of the
liberal arts, that we must also encourage our students to develop the
insight, understanding, and imagination that will allow them to use
their skills creatively, productively, and responsibly in the setting
and in accomplishment of their goals. As the goal of a liberal
education is the establishment of a vibrant and just culture based on
lifelong learning and teaching, we hope to give out students the skills
and ability to transform themselves into their own teachers and then,
either formally or informally, into the teachers of others.
The Department operates the Viralene J. Coleman Computerized Writing Center.
The Center offers individualized help with writing. Peer tutors as well
as English faculty are available to meet with students to discuss their
writing. Tutors can assist with matters ranging from grammar, spelling,
diction, and punctuation to broader concerns such as focus,
development, organization, style, and documentation.
The Writing Center offers a number of services, including:
* Tutorial Conferences
* Drop-in Assistance
The Writing Center is located in Corbin Hall, Room 105. Hours of
operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am until 7:00 pm.