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.

Academic Plan

120 Credit Hours as the following:

Requirements

Credit Hours

University

21-22

Faculty

22

Major

60

Free Elective

16-17

Total

120

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Major Requirements in English Language and Literature (60 credit hours)

Major Compulsory Requirements (36-39* credit hours):

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ENGL233*

Writing 1

ENGC2401 or ENGC2204    

ENGL234

Writing 2

ENGL233

ENGL235

English Grammar

ENGC2401 or ENGC2204    

ENGL237

Functional Phonetics

ENGL236

ENGL238

Introduction to English Literature

ENGC2401 or ENGC2204 

ENGL330

English Literature 1

ENGL238

ENGL331

English Literature 2

ENGL330

ENGL333

Criticism: Theory and Practice

ENGL330

ENGL334

Phonology & Morphology

ENGL237

ENGL336

Syntax

ENGL235, ENGL236

ENGL337

Semantics

ENGL236

ENGL339

Interactive English

ENGL238, ENGL236

ENGL435

Modern Poetry

ENGL333

*for students whose English level in the placement examination is C (where ENGL233 is university requirement) should take 3 credit hours more from the English department courses.
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Major Elective Requirements(21-24* credit hours):

Credit hours

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

3 hours from one of the following

ENGL3321

ENGL3322

Structure and Development of the Novel

Modern Fiction

ENGL238

3 hours from one of the following

ENGL4301

ENGL4302

Development of Drama

Modern Drama

ENGL330

3 hours from one of the following

ENGL4381

ENGL4382

Seminar in Linguistics

Seminar in Literature

Fourth Year Status

(12-15* credit hours) : Any Course Offered By The English Language And Literature  Department

*for students whose English level in the placement examination is C (where ENGL233 is university requirement) should take 3 credit hours more from the English department courses.