Scope of the Subject
The study of English as a major discipline enhances the interpretive and expressive skills of students. It equips students with both a rigorous knowledge of the subject as well as critical and analytical abilities. In the study of English as a major discipline, students are exposed to an intensive study of the literary field and the tools that literature uses in its analyses. Through the reading of British literature as well as of world literatures, the course engages students with varied issues such as identity formation, race relations, gender stereotypes and the politics of language. With an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach, it stimulates and enhances original thinking and critical habits of the mind through a broad knowledge of the development of literatures in English. The study of English as a minor subject is also helpful in broadening the understanding of socio-political contexts and sharpening language skills. By reading a selection of works, the student engages with various contemporary issues and their relevance. The nuanced questioning encouraged by this course is a valuable entry point into the cosmopolitan understanding of life and living. It will strengthen oral and written self-expression, as well as encourage critical insight. The Applied Courses in English help students to have a greater understanding of the application of methodologies used in the practice of literature and its allied fields. The applied courses focus on teaching the student the mechanics of academic writing, the performative aspects of theatre, the skills of communication in media and language teaching methodologies. Armed with a degree in English, a wide scope of careers is open to students, namely, Academics (Language, Literature, Linguistics, Art, History, Gender & Cultural Studies, etc.); Media and Journalism; Civil Services; Fine Arts and Performing Arts; Writing/ Publishing; Law; Human Resources Departments in MNCs; MBA etc.