BA in English
Do you want to write for fashion, food, or travel guides and magazines? Or write screenplays for film and television, and adapt fiction for new media or the big screen? Or do you want to write for international organizations? Do you ever wonder how language is used to influence and manipulate people? Do you ever wonder what relationship language has to power or gender? Do you watch movies and think the subtitles could be so much better? Do novels and other books keep you company? Do you dream of becoming a poet or a novelist? Do you dream of becoming an English teacher?
What is needed in Lebanon and the region are English graduates who are cultured, who can read critically, and who can write idiomatic English. Graduates who are solidly bi- or multilingual and who are grounded in regional cultures have obvious advantages. We have just recently radically transformed and professionalized our BA Program in English, especially the writing part of it, to make it more powerful and to include specialized training to keep up with new careers. Our professional creative writing program in particular is unique to the region. Our new program is called the “BA in English.” It is a holistic program with three components- literature, language, and professional creative writing
. Although you will take courses in all components, you will specialize in one.
- Includes 48 credits in the major: 24 credits are core requirements, and 24 credits distributed among the 3 options: literature, language, and writing
- Offers courses from all 3 emphases, but you will choose one to specialize in, either in Professional Creative Writing, Literature, or Language
- Allows 10 credits as free electives, or you may target courses in translation, communication arts, design, or fashion, to enrich your specific field of study
- Click here for a suggested three-year study plan.
A senior research thesis is a core requirement for graduation. If you specialize in Professional creative writing, you will complete an internship during your final year.
Regardless of their chosen emphasis, English majors can obtain a Teaching Diploma by taking six designated Education courses (18 credits), including EDU418 Practice Teaching. If the student chooses any from these six Education courses to satisfy part of the Core Curriculum requirement, he/she must take the equivalent number of courses/credits, in any field, to be awarded the Teaching Diploma.
What Do I Do with My Degree?
With your degree, you could also go for careers in professional writing, media, television, international organizations, the arts, publishing, business, translation, consulting, information technology, journalism, and public relations. You could enter a teaching career (if you also get the Teaching Diploma), or start graduate studies in a wide variety of fields related to literature, language and the humanities and social sciences.
Major Core Requirements (24 credits)
|ENG213||Introduction to Language||3|
|ENG216||Introduction to Literature||3|
|ENG281||Language & Change: Past, Present, & Future||3|
|ENG372||Comparative and World Literature||3|
|ENG479||Topics in Literature & Culture*||3|
*ENG479 can be taken more than once for extra credits if the topics differ.
Other Major Requirements (24 credits)
Student can choose one of the 6 options below:
- Option 1: Literature: 15 Cr., Language: 6 Cr., Writing: 3 Cr.
- Option 2: Literature: 6 Cr., Language: 15 Cr., Writing: 3 Cr.
- Option 3: Literature: 3 Cr., Language: 6 Cr., Writing: 15 Cr.
- Option 4: Literature: 15 Cr., Language: 3 Cr., Writing: 6 Cr
- Option 5: Literature: 3 Cr., Language: 15 Cr., Writing: 6 Cr.
- Option 6: Literature: 6 Cr., Language: 3 Cr., Writing: 15 Cr.
|ENG326||Restoration and Neoclassical Literature||3|
|ENG336||Romantic & Victorian Poetry||3|
|ENG339||Nineteenth-century British Novel||3|
|ENG342||Modernism and Beyond||3|
|ENG345||Twentieth-century British Novel||3|
|ENG348||Post-colonial Anglophone Literature||3|
|ENG351||Early American Literature||3|
|ENG352||Twentieth-Century American Novel||3|
|ENG354||Theories of Literature & Culture||3|
|ENG376||Gender in Literature||3|
|ENG487||Topics in Drama & Theatre*||3|
*ENG487 can be taken more than once for extra credits if the topics differ.
|ENG282||Language and the Media||3|
|ENG283||Language and Gender||3|
|ENG308||Semantics and Pragmatics||3|
|ENG380||Language and the Law||3|
|ENG480||Discourse and Power||3|
|JSC326||Advanced News Writing and reporting||3|
|ENG301||Food Writing and Travel Writing||3|
|ENG304||Arts and Fashion Writing||3|
|ENG305||Music and Performing Arts Criticism||3|
|TRA224||Translation of Journalistic Texts||3|
|TRA326||Translation of UN & International Conferences||3|
|TRA328||Translation of Audiovisuals||3|
|ENG410||Writing for International Organizations||3|
Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements (34 credits): divided into Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (13 credits) and Liberal Arts Electives (21 credits)
Free Electives (10 credits)
This program requires 92 credits, which can be completed in three years by those entering as sophomores. See the suggested three-year study plan.
This program is offered in Beirut and Byblos.