American Bachelor Degree in English Language and Literature
Literature is one of the primary creative acts of humankind, and the study of literature not only exercises our skills of interpretation and critical thinking but also gives us access to the history and ideas that have shaped our world.
Study with U.N.Y.P.’s talented, international instructors in Prague, a country whose literary history spans languages, genres, and centuries, and whose literary heritage includes such notables as Karel Čapek, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, and Bohumil Hrabal.
Primary aims of the program in English Language & Literature
The English Language and Literature bachelor’s degree program at U.N.Y.P. aims to
- introduce students to the history of literature in English and the discipline of literary criticism and interpretation;
- develop critical thinking and interpretive skills, research skills, and the information literacy needed to enable successful graduates to find work in a broad range of fields, or to pursue further study at the postgraduate level;
- develop, to a high degree, students’ abilities to interpret written communication, to create analytical and interpretive arguments, and to express themselves in complex, polished English prose.
The major consists of three main study areas:
- Literature, Literary History, and Literary Criticism
- Language and Culture
- Applied, Professional, and Research Writing
The program’s interdisciplinary focus fosters the development of broadly educated individuals who are able to apply their knowledge and skills creatively and flexibly in a broad range of situations and prepares them for a wide range of careers, or for further study at the postgraduate level. This degree is awarded by State University of New York, Empire State College.
Appropriately for the study of literature in Prague, the program includes a significant emphasis comparative world literatures; literature in English from outside the major centers of literary production; and non-canonical literature.
What can I do with a degree in English Language & Literature?
Successful graduates interested in further study may progress to master’s and doctoral degree programs in
- Professional Communication
- Culture Studies
- Media and Communication Studies
Graduates who enter the job market with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature may find employment in a wide range of professions, often those emphasizing research skills; analytic and interpretive skills; production of written materials; and communication, whether oral or written.
- English Composition 1
- English Composition 2
- College Algebra
- Computers and Applications
- Reason and Argument
- Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
- Genre-based course: 3 credits from the list below:
- Short Story
- The Novel
- Introduction to Poetry
- Theme- or period-based course: 3 credits from the list below:
- Great Books: Western
- U.S. Multicultural Fiction
- Ideal Worlds: Utopian Literature
- Contemporary Issues in Literature
- Myth, Symbol, and Fable in Literature
- Social sciences / Cultural studies course: 3 credits from the list below:
- Introduction to Communication
- Cultural Anthropology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Media Writing
- Professional writing course: 3 credits from the list below:
- News Writing
- Public Relations Principles
- Other World Literatures in English
- Shakespeare: Power and Justice
- Major 19th-Century British and American Writers
- 20th-Century British and American Novel
- British and American Poetry of the 20th Century
- World Literature in Translation
- English Grammar and Linguistics
- Communication Theories
- Rhetorical Dimensions of Race, Class, and Gender
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Advanced Research and Writing
- Advanced professional writing: 3 credits from the list below:
- News Reporting
- Advanced Public Relations
- Translation Workshop
- Senior Project Proposal and Academic Planning
- Senior Project Thesis
Students must also fulfill General Education requirements as part of their bachelor's degree program.
In consultation with their academic advisor, students may choose courses to focus on a certain literary genre, period, or theme; or may focus on a particular area of applied skills such as News Writing, Public Relations, teaching English, or translation.
Each semester, students select elective courses in consultation with an academic advisor, choosing from the wide range of courses, including Honors courses and courses in U.N.Y.P.’s other majors (Business, Communication and Mass Media, International Economic Relations, and Psychology).
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Last updated January 4, 2018