English Studies

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2012

Programme Code:
HGENS revision 7.4
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
29 August 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
14 March 2013

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this programme focus, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.


Term 1

Subjects of English (15 credits) EN234A

Shakespeare: An Introduction (7.5 credits) EN120E

Studying the English language (7.5 credits) EN121E

Term 2

Reading and Responding (7.5 credits) EN218A

Academic Writing and Rhetoric (7.5 credits) EN208E

Introduction to English Grammar (7.5 credits) EN221E

Phonetics (7.5 credits) EN220E

Term 3

Culture, Narrative and Representation (7.5 credits) EN237E

Semantics (7.5 credits) EN236E

Researching Literature (7.5 credits) EN238A

Academic Writing and Rhetoric II (7.5 credits) EN209E

Term 4

Specialization* electives (30 credits)


Study abroad (30 credits)

Term 5

Specialization electives (30 credits)


Study abroad (30 credits)

Term 6

English III, Linguistic Option (30 credits) EN113L


English III, Literary Option (30 credits) EN113A

The Bachelor in English Studies is a program that aims to reflect the diversity, eclecticism, and multidisciplinarity of contemporary English scholarship. The program is designed for students interested in studying the theory and practice of language in its various social forms. We examine how understandings of language have developed in fields such as phonetics, sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis, and also how the English language has developed into a global language of communication. The focus is on examining the operations of power in the use of language with a special emphasis on gender, class, and ethnicity. English Studies also encompasses literary studies, as well as the study of language-centered cultural production at large. It enables the student to develop a sophisticated critical consciousness and an awareness of the ways in which language is structured and used for different purposes in a range of contexts. These contexts include, but are not limited to, film, art, music, advertising, and span English, American, and emerging post-colonial cultures.

The program emphasizes the student’s own written and oral production, incorporating and can be easily tailored to incorporate performing arts and creative writing into the curriculum, thus merging critical and creative thinking. English Studies students gain skills that are applicable to a broad range of career opportunities, including teaching, media (editing, publishing, journalism, advertising, TV, radio, film, etc.), as well as business and administration. Students learn to analyze, evaluate, and create a wide range of texts. These transferable skills are recognized by employers who put a high value on: the construction of clearly expressed arguments; the logical presentation and analysis of ideas; the production of creative solutions; the competent management of large amounts of complex information; and the taking of initiative in conducting independent research. The program provides a suitable foundation for graduate studies in English, creative writing, teaching, and other fields, both in Europe and worldwide.


Course list:

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in English Studies:

  • understands the central role of language in the creation of meaning;

  • can identify historical, political, and cultural issues that are embedded in and emerge from literature in various Englishes from around the world;

  • has good knowledge of English grammar, phonetics/phonology, and semantics, and understands how language varies depending on factors such as context, genre and purpose;

  • has a good knowledge of a wide range of concepts in the field of textual analysis and understands how textual interpretation is affected by contexts;

  • knows and understands the methods used in the analysis of language and literature; and has advanced knowledge and understanding of current methods and theories within one of the two specializations within the subject: literary studies or linguistics

Competence and skills

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in English Studies:

  • can speak and write English competently in a variety of social and professional situations for a variety of purposes;

  • can think and write independently, drawing on technical skills in literary and linguistic investigation;

  • can differentiate between form, function, and meaning in English and can analyze language in terms of structure, meaning, and representation;

  • can engage with texts and recognise how cultural assumptions affect their understanding and interpretation;

  • can analyze and evaluate texts, and other objects of study relevant to the field, through current methods and theories from literary studies and linguistics

  • can formulate appropriate research questions and employ suitable research strategies for exploring those questions;

  • can study independently and collectively, can tackle intellectual problems creatively and systematically, can manage workloads and work to agreed timetables;

  • can acquire information and knowledge through the use of an academic library and the extensive range of electronic facilities available, and is competent in evaluating these sources critically.

  • can synthesize information and ideas drawn from various sources, and evaluate critically opposing positions;

  • can use their competences as a basis for a career or further research in relevant areas;

Judgement and approach

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in English Studies:

  • can apply the knowledge and skills gained from literary and linguistic study to relevant issues in the field as well as to issues of everyday life;

  • can think logically and make rational judgements based on evidence;

  • can think imaginatively and develop creative solutions to problems;

  • can evaluate their own work with reference to current conceptual debates in the field and beyond;

  • is aware of their personal achievements in working towards the degree and can communicate their competences to potential employers;

  • understands the need to continue to expand their knowledge and develop further competence in their field as well as in other areas.


Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies.

Other Information

Progression requirements within the programme:

To continue studies from year 1 to year 2:

60 credits from year one. (Exemption may be granted to students who have completed 45 credits in the first year under condition that these 45 credits include 7,5 credits from Academic Writing and Rhetoric I and at least 15 additional credits of main subject English courses on the 1-30 level, that is the second term of the programme).

To start the final term of the programme:

150 credits within the programme. (Exemption may be granted to students who have completed 120 credits under condition that these credits include 60 credits of main subject English courses, that is both the 1-30 and the 31-60 levels, i.e. term 2 and 3 in the programme.)

In addition, special requirements can be applied to the elective courses.