Major English Language and Literature/Minor Translation
The BA program in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Translation 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. The Minor in Translation trains students in practical skills of translation and interpreting from various written and spoken genres used in professional contexts.
- 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
- To develop practical skills in translation from Arabic into English
Knowledge and understanding
- 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
Subject specific and practical skills
- 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
- Demonstrate ability to translate and interpret professionally from Arabic into English
General and transferable skills
- Communicate ideas and arguments orally and in writing using an intellectually mature voice
- Demonstrate academic competence in writing and speaking in English
- Understand the role and nature of translation in professional contexts
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, Translation Studies, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Education, Gender Studies, Law, and International Relations. Our students also find career opportunities as translators and interpreters, writers, editors, in addition to work in government, business, and NGOs.
1. Student must successfully complete a minimum of 45 credit hours of courses in English Language and Literature distributed as follows:
a. Core courses: 30 credit hours
ENGL234 | WRITING 2, ENGL235 | ENGLISH GRAMMAR, ENGL237 | FUNCTIONAL PHONETICS, ENGL238 | INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE, ENGL330 | ENGLISH LITERATURE 1, ENGL331 | ENGLISH LITERATURE 2, ENGL333 | CRITICISM: THEORY AND PRACTICE, ENGL336 | SYNTAX, ENGL339 | INTERACTIVE ENGLISH, and ENGL435 | MODERN POETRY.
b. Elective courses: 12 credit hours distributed as follows:
ENGL3321 | STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NOVELor ENGL3322 | MODERN FICTION, ENGL337 | SEMANTICS or ENGL432 | CONTRASTIVE LINGUISTICS, ENGL431 | SHAKESPEARE or (ENGL4301 | DEVELOPMENT OF DRAMA or ENGL4302 | MODERN DRAMA), and ENGL4381 | SEMINAR IN LINGUISTICS or ENGL4382 | SEMINAR IN LITERATURE
c. 3 credit hours in any advanced course in English Language and Literature.
2. Student must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours distributed as follows:
Core courses: 18 credit hours
ENGC233 | ENGLISH THROUGH CURRENT ISSUES, ENGL233 | WRITING 1, ARAB2361 | ARABIC FOR TRANSLATION PURPOSES , TRAN330 | INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION, TRAN331 | PRACTICE IN GENERAL TRANSLATION, TRAN433 | INTERPRETING.
Elective courses: 6 credit hours from courses in Translation:
TRAN334 | TRANSLATION OF JOURNALISTIC TEXTS, TRAN335 | TRANSLATION OF TEXTS IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS, TRAN431 | TRANSLATION OF TEXTS IN SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, TRAN432 | TRANSLATION OF LITERARY TEXTS, TRAN435 | TRANSLATION OF LEGAL TEXTS, TRAN436 | TRANSLATION OF DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL TEXTS.