The course gives students the freedom to combine creative flair with academic pursuitsFast FactCourse BA (Research) EnglishDuration 4 years
Offered at Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar PradeshEligibility 10+ 2 with different cut-offs for various boardsSelection Criteria SNU- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Academic Proficiency Test (APT)Fee Structure Rs. 904,000 + Rs. 25,000 (Refundable Deposit)
Sona Mewati got all that she signed up for! She is pretty content with her BA (Research) English programme pick at Shiv Nadar University (SNU). “With a curriculum that includes mind boggling concepts and life histories of legendary authors, I got a dose of critical thinking and rational thought,” says Sona, a second-year student pursuing the subject. Students get to learn about authors with diverse cultural backgrounds and literary works in their historical and cultural contexts, and eventually use critical methods while interpreting texts.
Are you really cut out for English literature? “English requires a special kind of intelligence. If you have the ability to look beneath the surface of things, to be able to analyze complex ideas, then go for the course, you won’t regret it,” says Prof. Sambudha Sen, Head of English Department at SNU.
Students get a liberating experience with the programme’s inter-disciplinary approach. They can choose courses from other subjects such as social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, communications, business and arts. Sona is majoring in English and in addition picked product designing, image sound studio, literature identity and theatre from sociology, communications and chemistry.
Subjects in first year:
Fundamentals of Translation; History of English Literature-Victorian Era ; Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing Level II – Prose
Immersion in Shakespeare
Development and Acquisition of Language
Women’s Writing in Translation
English in the Vernacular: Parallels between Victorian Novel and 20thC. Hindi Upanyas
British Literature: Romantic Poetry
Introduction to Gender Studies
Epic and Novel
Advanced Creative Writing Level III – Prose
Phonetics and Phonology
20th C. Kashmiri Writing in English
18th C Prose: Essays, Pamphlets and Diaries
Literature Today: The Novel
Philology as Newbie/Oldie in Literary Method
19th C Realistic Novel in Europe
South Asian Queer Writing in Translation
Undergraduate Research Thesis
Unlike other BA English programmes, the course takes four years to finish. “Besides compulsory courses in first two semesters -- academic excellence, academic writing, logic and scientific reasoning, the final semester offers an opportunity to write a UG thesis. So a student can do independent research at BA level with the supervision of faculty in whose research area covers the topic of the student’s choice,” Prof. Sen reveals. The strong emphasis on research at faculty-level translates into a unique research component, essential to the degree.
BA (Research) English programme combines traditional literary studies with contemporary perspectives; modules in creative writing with training in academic prose; literary method with methods in philology. Some courses that the department offers are Literary History, Renaissance Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Crafting of Fiction in Prose, The Novel, Women’s Writing and Translation Studies.
Prof. Sambudha Sen
Head of English Department at SNU
The final semester offers an opportunity to write a UG thesis. So a student can do independent research at BA level with the supervision of faculty in whose research area covers the topic of the student’s choice
The programme offers interactive forms of pedagogy that includes hands-on training in writing, reading comprehension, assimilating complex ideas and reproducing these in a coherent logical and readable way. The department regularly invites prominent scholars from India and abroad to contribute to its pedagogy in the form of workshops, seminars, talks, lectures, field trips as and when required. Jonathan Arac, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at University of Pittsburgh came to SNU’s English department as a visiting scholar in this role.
To pursue the course, one has to clear the three-hour entrance test called Scholastic Aptitude Test (SNU-SAT) and an academic proficiency test. One sole tip to crack this is to read widely! A wide range of reading, awareness of culture (music, art, cinema, local traditions) and anything that helps in analytical and critical thinking should be in your focus while preparing for the test. The ability to write coherently is one major quality that is valued.
Third year BA English (Research), SNU
With a curriculum having mind boggling concepts and also the life histories of legendaray authors, I got a dose of critical thinking and rational thought
Prof. Sen strongly feels that English must not be treated merely as an academic subject. “The use of even an undergraduate education in English provides immense possibilities for the professional world. These possibilities need to be spread out. English faculty should have more workshops related to placement,” he said.
“A BA in English opens up a plethora of opportunities for you as opposed to the myth that it limits your job prospects,” Prof. Sen highlights. There are many fields that can be taken up at the entry level - journalism, media, law firms, advertising agencies and more. It provides you with the basic qualification to join as trainees and on the job you can acquire relevant skills.
He says, “MA on the other hand is a more professional degree. It is a well-recognized qualification for fields like publishing and journalism. It also equips you to appear for many competitive exams, especially for the Civil Services aspirants as it provides an excellent training.”
The creative writing course came out with a bi-yearly magazine ‘Freewheeler’, which carries their original short stories. ‘Wasafiri’ the great literary magazine has linked ‘Freewheeler’ to its website. A proposed undergraduate course ‘Global Folklore’ will be taught in partnership with center for Folklore Studies, Ohio State University & Department of English in Spring 2016. This course would have students sessions interact through video-conferencing and go global in some sense. So if creativity your passion, go for this course.
It’s a win-win situation for the students. They get to study what they love to study and the bonus is a life-changing outlook. From philosophy to poetry they get to learn diverse domains and build expertise in the written word. “I get a fresh perspective when I read about the life of English authors, philosophers, poets – like Hemmingway had a drinking problem, Heideggar was a Nazi and Sylvia Plath had put her head in the oven,” Sona rounds-off euphorically.
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Telangana & National Institute of Open Schooling
72% in Best four academic subjects in 10+2 with English as mandatory with minimum 50% marks in every subject
Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal
60% in Best four academic subjects in 10+2 with English as mandatory with minimum 50% marks in every subject
CBSE, ISC, Cambridge International Examinations
65% in Best four academic subjects in 10+2 with English as mandatory with minimum 50% marks in every subject
Aggregate score of 32 with Best four academic subjects with English as mandatory
SUBJECT COURSES AT ENGLISH DEPARTMENT*
Fundamentals of Translation
History of English Literature - Victorian Era
Introduction to Creative Writing
Epic & Novel
Realistic Novel in Europe
Advanced Creative Writing III – Prose
Phonetics & Phonology
Kashmiri Writing in English
Development & Acquisition of Language
Essays, Pamphlets & Diaries
English in The Vernacular: Parallels between Victorian Novel & 20th C.
*English students get the major by taking a combination of compulsory and elective multidisciplinary courses. Students follow their interests and choose courses from the wide range of offerings. In the final year, the students submit UG thesis based on their own independent research. The Table above shows the courses that a student can choose
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