English Language and Literature

The BA program in English Language and Literature is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant community of research and learning in three interrelated ventures: exploring the symbiosis between language, literature, and culture; surveying and analyzing the English literary canon and the range of historical and contemporary Englishes; and nurturing the analytical reading of texts as well as lucid writing. The program offers a range of courses in linguistic analysis, literary criticism, and studies of various genres of writing, while interrogating power dynamics underlying the processes of writing and reading. The program provides the tools necessary for a disciplinary study of English language and literature and encourages the development of a skeptical stance and outlook on the world that recognizes the provisional nature of knowledge.

  • To think about the central role of language in all aspects of human interaction.
  • To develop literary and linguistic analysis of texts.
  • To emphasize the socio-political implications of the spread of the English language and literature.
  • To provide an intellectual environment for the production of rigorous research.
  • Become familiar with major literary works, literary themes, and trends from British, American, and translated literary works in English.
  • Recognize ways that literature and language can be representative, critical, and performative.
  • Describe language from shifting perspectives depending on the social and institutional contexts in which it is embedded.
  • Identify language as a communicative medium of audio and visual modalities.
  • Analyze the cultural, sociological, ideological, historical, and linguistic aspects of literary, journalistic, political, and scholarly texts.
  • Analyze texts from the perspective of major theories of language and literature including structural and functional approaches.
  • Explore the dynamic role of the reader in the interpretation of texts and other communicative events.
  • Develop a skeptical stance and outlook on the world that recognizes the provisional nature of knowledge.
  • Construct and defend interpretations of texts.
  • Employ research skills necessary to locate, use, and cite sources effectively.
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out a major research project in an area of linguistics and/or literature.
  • Communicate ideas and arguments orally and in writing using an intellectually mature voice.
  • Demonstrate academic competence in writing and speaking in English.

 

Many of our graduates are successfully employed in the educational sector and in research institutes. The critical and analytical skills our program provides has enabled our graduates to pursue higher education in degrees as varied as English and Comparative Literature, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Education, Gender Studies, Law, and International Relations. Our students also find career opportunities as translators, writers, editors, in addition to work in government, business, and NGOs.

Graduation Requirements:

The student must successfully complete university requirements (21 credit hours), Arts Faculty requirements (23 credit hours), major requirements (60 credit hours) and Free Electives (16 Credit Hours)

Program Requirements:

Student must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of courses in English Language and Literature distributed as follows:

  1. Core courses (39 credit hours): ENGL233 | WRITING 1ENGL234 | WRITING 2ENGL235 | ENGLISH GRAMMARENGL237 | FUNCTIONAL PHONETICS, ENGL238 | INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE, ENGL330 | ENGLISH LITERATURE 1, ENGL331 | ENGLISH LITERATURE 2ENGL333 | CRITICISM: THEORY AND PRACTICE,  ENGL334 | PHONOLOGY AND MORPHOLOGY, ENGL336 | SYNTAXENGL337 | SEMANTICS, ENGL339 | INTERACTIVE ENGLISH, and ENGL435 | MODERN POETRY.
  2. 9 credit hours distributed as follows: ENGL3321 | STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NOVEL or ENGL3322 | MODERN FICTION, ENGL4301 | DEVELOPMENT OF DRAMA or  ENGL4302 | MODERN DRAMA, ENGL4381 | SEMINAR IN LINGUISTICS or ENGL4382 | SEMINAR IN LITERATURE  
  3. Elective courses (12 credit hours) from courses in English Language and Literature