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B.A. (Hons.) English

Programme Introduction

The B.A. (Hons.) English programme is a well-designed curriculum delivered through the Jindal School of Languages and Literature. The programme encourages intensive engagement with literary and performative cultures expressed in the English language. While 'Literature in English' is not the same thing as world literature, the English language is by now arguably the most important medium of world literature. English is the language through which most people in the world today encounter, in translation, the literature and written heritage of the whole world. The undergraduate English degree the world over is known for its versatility and enduring value; although B.A. English is a pre-professional degree, it opens many doors to personal fulfilment and professional accomplishment.

Practical Benefits Of The Programme

A language-focused university degree teaches skills that can be transferred to many work environments and used in a multitude of jobs.

  • Language and literature graduates are sought for many kinds of jobs in which clear communication and effective articulation are important. Students of English make impacts in several fields of media and communication, from publishing and journalism to the arts, entertainment, and beyond.
  • English students are sensitive to the effects of evolving media and to the ways that social messages and cues to behaviour operate within different media, whether print media, film, television, or the internet. English students understand communication and become effective communicators.
  • Skills mastered by language and literature graduates can be combined with other analytical, critical thinking, and vocational skills. English graduates who go on to postgraduate and professional study programmes find that their language proficiency and analytical abilities feed into their further training. English graduates find it very easy to move into quite specialized knowledge domains. A wide variety of career options are open to them, and graduates of a B.A. English Hons. programme can find success as published authors, publishers, editors, consultants, museum curators, researchers, and analysts.
  • In addition to expanding your mind and increasing your appreciation for spoken, written, and performed culture, studying the complex Anglophone cultural heritage could be of immediate relevance to the employment you take up after your formal education. You might even decide that you want to teach or do research in the field of English studies and work in a school, college, or university.

Career Options

Here are some types of jobs and forms of employment successfully pursued by students of English literature:




Business Analyst



Civil Services Officer

Advertising Director



Policy Analyst



Social Media Manager




Public Relation Consultant





Grant Writer

Legal Researcher

and many more.

Course Curriculum and Programme Structure

Course Duration Minimum Credits
B.A. (Hons.) English 4 Years; 8 semesters 190
B.A. English 3 Years; 6 semesters 144

The curriculum consists of:

  • A. Core/compulsory courses (of JSLL)
  • B. Programme elective courses (of JSLL)
  • C. Cross electives (from other JGU schools)
  • D. Internships

Semester 1

  • Contextualising ‘English’ Literature
  • Foundations of Western Literature: Classical and Christian Tradition
  • Effective Written Communication

Semester 2

  • All the World's a Stage: The Evolution of English Drama
  • The Rise of the Novel
  • Poetry and Poetics

Semester 3

  • Foundations of Aesthetics, Criticism, and Literary Theory
  • Modern Indian Poetry in English and its Renewals

Semester 4

  • Why Does Prose Matter?
  • Pre-Modern Literary Cultures of India

Semester 5

  • Modernism and Modernities
  • Introduction to Linguistics

Semester 6

  • A Survey of American Literature:17th to 20th Centuries
  • Global Anglophone Literature

Semester 7 & 8: Specialization Stream Year

  • Minimum 46 credits (research methods courses, elective courses, and ‘thesis’ credits)
  • No general compulsory courses. Courses required for each of the specialization streams that student pursue in the final two semesters.

International Collaborations

The Office of English and Foreign Languages (OEFL)

The Office of English & Foreign Languages is an affiliate of the Jindal School of Languages and Literature.
It consists of the following centres:

  • English Language Centre
  • Centre for Foreign Languages
  • Centre for Writing Studies
  • Taiwan Education Centre.
JGU Campus

Admission Requirements

B.A. (Hons.) English: 4 years; B.A. English: 3 years

Successful completion of Class XII examination or equivalent (CBSE, State Boards, IB, Cambridge and other Government-recognized school leaving exams). Applicants are welcome from any study stream including Arts, Commerce, Science etc.

B.A. English and B.A. (Hons.) English