Founded in 1979, the department of English Language and Literature in the Faculty of Humanities at Girne American University aims to enable the students to acquire, through their studies, a specialized knowledge and expertise of British culture, literature, history, and related subjects, enhance their intellectual creativity and critical thinking, develop their research capacity and skills, and upgrade their oral and written fluency in English. Upon completing the undergraduate program, graduates are expected to:
Be able to study and acquire the knowledge, competence and skills to conduct interdisciplinary research on English literature and culture,
Be able to apply literary, critical, historical and linguistic approaches to textual analysis,
Be able to comparatively apply their knowledge of English Literature and Culture to other Western Cultures and Literatures as well as Turkish Culture and Literature,
Be able to utilize analytic strategies during the process of free thinking and incorporate the results in critical and creative processes to generate new ideas and projects,
Be able to provide the students with necessary background and information relating to the scientific research, literary analysis and criticism,
Be able to make use of the knowledge and skills they have obtained in awareness of their professional and ethical responsibilities.
Graduates of English Language and Literature department have a wide range of career opportunities as follows: -They can be academicians professors at universities, -English Instructor at the universities and English teacher at Primary and Secondary Schools, They can become translators in the private and public sectors and they can find jobs in the areas of international companies, embassies, government offices, banks, They can work in the media, newspaper or television networks, cinema sector, journalism and advertising, They can also find jobs in the areas of tourism, public relations and human resources.
Once new students come to the program, they are given English language proficiency examination at beginning of each new academic year. If they are unable to prove their proficiency of English language, students are given one-year preparatory English education. The courses in the program of English Language and Literature are designed to endow the students with advanced English language skills and knowledge of English literature, together with the ability to make critical and sophisticated interpretations of texts and to produce written texts of high quality, to develop their critical thinking and analysis abilities. In so doing, the department first provides the students with a general knowledge each period of English literature with its important authors and their works in detail. Moreover, the department also teaches literary movements and recent literary theories.
The following program educational objectives are career and professional accomplishments that our graduates are expected to achieve after graduation:
Our graduates will
1.use their strong communication and organizational skills interculturally to complete successfully for professional careers as well as further academic pursuits, social development and personal satisfaction. 2.read, interpret and evaluate the literary texts as the aesthetic works of the cultural production and change fields by comprehending critical and theoretical approaches towards literature, arts and language studies. 3.conduct purposeful analysis of discourse, including discussion of the history, forms, and conventions of the different literary periods and genres, and analyze works of poetry, fiction and drama by demonstrating knowledge of critical techniques and terminology. 4.translate the texts from English to Turkish and from Turkish to English by developing effective translation methods and strategies for different text types and to earn the competence for translation in the other fields that require expertise. 5.make an in-depth analysis of mythology, Classic, and Neo-Classic art insights that form a base for Western Culture; in addition, perceive and assess those events which influenced the Western History such as Renaissance and Reformation. 6.read literary works with understanding of their background, structure and meanings to get detailed information on the periods and comprehend British and American Literature based on the history and intellectual background.
This is a first cycle degree program in English Literature and Language (240 ECTS).
On successful completion of the English Literature and Language and gain competencies, a student will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature and Language.
An undergraduate student is entitled to graduate if s/he satisfactorily completes all required courses, oral presentations and written assignments, attains a sum of credit-hours amounting to at least the minimum required for graduation, has a CGPA of 2.00 or above and is financially of good standing.
Graduation is conferred by the University Senate upon the recommendation of the Faculties.
The Diplomas are prepared by the Registrar`s Office, and indicate the name of the Program, the date of graduation, and the degree obtained.