Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

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 which 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 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.

Program Objectives

  • 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 competences 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.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:36)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000
ENG300Critical Reading in the Disciplines 3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS122Modern World History3.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000
PSG270Comparative Political Systems3.000
SOC201Social & Cultural Change3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone3.000


English Literature Major (Req. CH:39)

Required Courses (27.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ENG250English Grammar & Usage3.000
ENG310Writing for Research3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LIT220Survey of British Literature3.000
LIT240Survey of American Literature3.000
LIT300Methods of Research in Literary Study3.000
LIT320Elizabethan & 17th Century Literature3.000
LIT410Criticism and Theory3.000
LIT420Senior Seminar Major writer3.000

Elective Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
LIT330Romantic & Victorian Literature3.000
LIT33520th Century British Literature3.000
LIT34019th Century American Literature3.000
LIT34520th Century American Literature3.000
LIT365Modern World Literature3.000
LIT370Anglophone Literature Outside UK & US3.000
LIT385Children's Literature3.000


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:45)

Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours


Optional Minor (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.

Minor (2) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours