English is one of the most widely spoken languages and is rapidly becoming the international language of the world. The English Literature Department integrates English language and literature to help second language learners expand the boundaries of their future careers. The students' ability to read, analyze, and criticize different texts in English and their knowledge of Western culture prepare them to be engaged in a post- globalized work-market in a variety of areas. Moreover, an awareness of informal and analytical writing strategies in English can also provide students with a wide range of skills that can be used in future studies, work, industry, and business. The Department of English offers a Major degree tailored to fulfill the needs of Arab learners pursuing work opportunities in the public and private sectors. Besides mastering language skills, students become proficient in the historical, sociological, political, psychological, and cultural contexts out of which English/American literature has grown. This comprehensive pedagogical approach is supplemented with Minors in writing skills, theatre studies, film/cinema studies, English language, and Literacy and Fine Arts.
Read and discuss a substantial number of complex works of literature and criticism in English.
Write a substantial number of analytical as well as informal assignments in English.
Interrogate the relationships between literary works and their historical and cultural contexts.
Investigate the connections made by literature between individuals, across boundaries of time and space.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Use appropriate terminology to identify key features of literary texts, genres, periods, techniques, or devices.
Critique literary texts with reference to formal or aesthetic properties as well as to socio-historical rootedness and function.
Communicate appropriately and successfully, orally and in writing, on specialist as well as non-specialist subject matter, in a variety of academic or non-academic contexts.
Demonstrate willingness and ability to undertake further studies in literature or related disciplines, or to assume positions of responsibility in the world of work or civic engagement.
Apply generic skills and competencies developed in the course of the program, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, or team-work, in the world of work or civic engagement.
Undertake research with competent and proper use of printed as well as electronic resources, and of quantitative as well as qualitative methods.