Graduate in English with focus on research


The course gives students the freedom to combine creative flair with academic pursuits

Fast Fact

Course BA (Research) English
Duration 4 years

Offered at Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
Eligibility 10+ 2 with different cut-offs for various boards
Selection 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.  

 

Inter-disciplinary approach

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

  • Literary Method

  • 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 20th
    C. Hindi Upanyas

Second year:

  • British Literature: Romantic Poetry

  • Introduction to Gender Studies

  • Epic and Novel

  • Advanced Creative Writing Level III – Prose

  • Folklore

  • Phonetics and Phonology

  • 20th C. Kashmiri Writing in English

  • 18th C Prose: Essays, Pamphlets and Diaries

Third year:

  • 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.   

 

Course composition 

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 SenProf. 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.

Selection process

 

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.

Sona MewatiSona Mewati

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

Subject challenges

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.”

 

Creative flair

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. 

 

Plus points

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.  

Eligibility criteria

Board

Basic Eligibility

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

IB curriculum

Aggregate score of 32 with Best four academic subjects with
English as mandatory

 

SUBJECT COURSES AT ENGLISH DEPARTMENT*

Academic Writing

Literary Method

Fundamentals of Translation

British Literature: Romantic Poetry

Literature Today: The Novel

History of English Literature - Victorian Era

Introduction to Gender Studies

Philology as Newbie/Oldie in Literary Method

Introduction to Creative Writing

Epic & Novel

Realistic Novel in Europe

South Asian Queer Writing in Translation

Advanced Creative Writing III – Prose

Folklore

Phonetics & Phonology

Kashmiri Writing in English 

Immersion in Shakespeare

Development & Acquisition of Language 

Essays, Pamphlets & Diaries

Women’s Writing in Translation

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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