English Studies

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2014

Programme Code:
HGENS revision 9.1
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
25 October 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2014
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 August 2013

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.



The Bachelor in English Studies is a program that aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary English scholarship at the same time as it reflects the research interests of its faculty. The program is therefore designed around current understandings of the theory and practice of language and literature in its various social forms. In linguistics, we emphasize such fields as phonetics, sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis, and also how the English language has developed into a global language of communication. In literary studies, the focus is the study of language-centered cultural production in general, including a special focus on narrative, relations between text and image, and literary and cultural theory. Particular attention is placed on examining the operations of power in the use of language with a special emphasis on gender, class, and ethnicity/race, but also on how technology and aesthetics are contributing to contemporary understandings of the world. This mix of subjects and perspectives 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, besides literature, visual communication, art, music, advertising, and span the emerging global-technological cultures of the English speaking world.

The program emphasizes the student’s own written and oral production, and offers the student a choice to include the 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.


Term 1

Reading and Responding (7.5 credits) EN218A

Academic Writing and Rhetoric (7.5 credits) EN208L

Introduction to English Grammar (7.5 credits) EN221L

Phonetics (7.5 credits) EN220L

Term 2

Culture, Narrative and Representation (7.5 credits) EN237A

Semantics (7.5 credits) EN236L

Researching Literature (7.5 credits) EN238A

Academic Writing and Rhetoric II (7.5 credits) EN209L

Term 3

Introduction to the Theory of Literature (7.5 credits) EN241A

Specialisation in Literature (7.5 credits) EN242A

The History of the English Language (7.5 credits) EN237L

Sociolinguistics - Theories and Methods (7.5 credits) EN238L

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

Terms 1, 2 and 6 are compulsory for the degree. Terms 1, 2 and 6 are part of the main field of study.


Course list:

Learning outcomes

First-cycle courses and study programmes shall develop:

  • the ability of students to make independent and critical assessments
  • the ability of students to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously, and
  • the preparedness of students to deal with changes in working life.

In addition to knowledge and skills in English, students shall develop the ability to:

  • gather and interpret information at a scholarly level
  • stay abreast of the development of knowledge, and
  • communicate their knowledge to others, including those who lack specialist knowledge in English


Knowledge and understanding

For a Degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science the student shall

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of the field, understanding of applicable methodologies in the field, specialised study in some aspect of the field as well as awareness of current research issues.

Competence and skills

For a Degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science the student shall

  • demonstrate the ability to search for, gather, evaluate and critically interpret the relevant information for a formulated problem and also discuss phenomena, issues and situations critically
  • demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously and to complete tasks within predetermined time frames
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in speech and writing and in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required to work autonomously in the main field of study.

Judgement and approach

For a Degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science the student shall

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues
  • demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and ongoing learning.


Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies.

Other Information

The language of instruction is English.

Progression requirements within the programme:

To continue studies from term 1 to term 2: 15 credits from term 1, which includes Academic Writing and Rhetoric I.

To continue studies from term 2 to term 3: 30 credits from term 1.

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 1 and 2 in the programme.)

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