Our four-year undergraduate honours programme in English will not only give you a nuanced understanding of English language and literature, it will also develop skills that will give you an edge over others in the global environment. With growing demand for young professionals with an excellent command over the English language across various fields, give yourself the competitive edge with additional competency in regional languages with electives like Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Bengali. Or opt for complementary electives like History, Political Science and Education.
Why should I pursue a B.A English degree?
A B.A degree with honours in English will enable me to:
- Acquire knowledge of the literary ages and historical developments which led to the formation of representative canons in English literature.
- Develop a sense of the cultural and aesthetic tendencies of the past and the present, and the confluence of traditions and ideas.
- Learn to recognize and uphold the consequences of moral choices as an integral component of academic training in literature.
- Associate the origin of literary genres and techniques with sociocultural developments and identifying the role of power structures in the formulation of canon.
- Acquire the ability to trace cultural connect and bridges across nations through literary representations.
- Interpret the politics of social equations and the power of literary texts to change the society or perpetuate stereotypes, over a range of cross-cutting issues like gender, class, caste, etc.
- Imbibe textual perspectives which enable empathetic accommodation of social plurality.
- Evaluate the literary merit of different forms of literature with reference to the structural components of literature and becoming familiar with poetic metres and literary devices used in rhetoric.
- Apply vocabulary and comprehension skills to written as well as spoken tracts and become adept at communicating ideas and arguments with clarity.
- Develop research-based ideas and projects through theoretical insights into the subject.
Scope of the B.A English degree
Upon completion of BA English, one is eligible for various competitive exams, further studies and professional courses. One is also eligible to apply for jobs.
Career prospects after B.A English
There are several career options after B.A English.
Besides traditional roles as teachers and educators, graduates with English honours can pursue several other career options as journalists, bloggers, editors, creative writers, translators and interpreters.
Several NGOs and companies in the IT Sector hire English honours graduates for PR management, HR, content writing and marketing.
Available courses for B.A English
After completing the B.A English course, one can opt for traditional courses such as B.Ed or M.A in English. One might also go for a switch in career by opting for MBA, Journalism and Mass Communication or Film Studies or pursuing short-term courses in Journalism and Mass Communication, IT, Digital Marketing or any other professional course.
Corporate job options
Content writer, Digital marketing executive, PR Manager, HR Manager, Communications sector
Competitive exam options available
UPSC, Banking, Railways, SSC CGL, School Service Commission, CAT
Career switch options
Management, Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication, Film Studies, Translation Studies etc.
BA English offers the students exposure to a wide area of literary knowledge and analytical skills. Upon the completion of the course, one emerges as a competent graduate – free to choose from amongst a wide range of career options. The Department of English, BESC, also offers a PG programme in English.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I take up BA English if I score well in English in school?
That is not really advisable. The syllabus for English at the school level is only about reading poems, short stories, plays and writing answers based on your reading of the text. B.A English is a more technical course and involves a tedious study of the entire History of English literature from the 10th century till date. Opt for BA English only if you think you would like to know about the history of literary genres and pieces.
- Does the College offer useful combinations of GE subjects along with English honours?
Yes, the college offers exciting combinations of GE subjects along with English honours, as per the norms of the University of Calcutta.
- Do the students get adequate exposure to new literary developments during the course?
Yes, apart from the syllabus prescribed by the University of Calcutta, the Department of English organizes regular seminars and invited lectures by renowned scholars and academics in order to keep the students informed about new literary trends and developments.
- Does the Department have any publications/ journals?
Yes, the Department of English has a students’ magazine called ‘ThoughtSpell’ and an academic journal with ISSN called ‘Interlocutor’. Interlocutor may be accessed at “www.interlocutor.co.in”
- Is attendance mandatory for pursuing the course?
Yes, a minimum 65 % of attendance is mandatory for pursuing the course without any disciplinary action.
Choice Based Credit System
|Name of Course||Semester||Marks|
|History of literature and philology||1||100|
|European classical literature||1||100|
|Poetry and short story||1||100|
|Communicative english or mil||1||100|
|Indian writing in english||2||100|
|Essay + drama and novel||2||100|
|British poetry and drama (14th – 17th century)||2||100|
|Translation studies or business communication||3||100|
|British poetry and drama (17th – 18th century)||3||100|
|British literature (18th century)||4||100|
|Women’s writing and women’s empowerment||3||100|
|British romantic literature||4||100|
|19th century british literature||4||100|
|Creative writing or academic writing and composition||4||100|
|Early 20th century British literature||5||100|
|Modern Indian writing in english translation or literary theory and criticism||5||100|
|Literary types and rhetoric and prosody or contemporary India: women and empowerment||5||100|
|Modern European drama||6||100|
|Partition literature or media and communication studies||6||100|
|Autobiography or text and performances||6||100|
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A candidate taking up an Honours Course in a subject must have obtained, at the previous qualifying examination, a minimum of:
55% marks in English
45% marks in English + 50% marks in BO4
Please also read General Eligibility Criteria, Under Admissions.
10:15 am to 4:30 pm (Day session, Co-ed)
₹ 25,090/- (First Semester)