Bachelor of English Language & Literature

Pursue a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in English Language & Literature

The study of literature not only exercises our skills of interpretation and critical thinking, but also gives us access to the history and ideas that have shaped our world.

Take this unique opportunity to study in Central Europe with the University of New York in Prague´s and the State University of New York, Empire State University’s talented American and international English language and literature instructors. The Czech Republic’s literary history spans languages, genres, and centuries, and includes such notables as Karel Čapek, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, and Bohumil Hrabal. Appropriately, the program includes a significant emphasis on comparative world literature.  It offers courses that foster competency in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, cross-cultural understanding, and literacy. A distinctly global focus includes (but is not limited to) works by African-American, North American, Caribbean, and Latin American authors.

The program’s interdisciplinary focus fosters the development of broadly educated individuals who are able to apply their knowledge and skills creatively and flexibly in a broad range of situations and prepares them for a wide range of careers, or for further study at the postgraduate level. Concentrations in literature, communications, and cultural studies are preparation for the fields of education, law, public relations, and social media. This four-year degree is awarded by the State University of New York, Empire State University.

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Main study areas for the English Language & Literature program:

  • Literature, Literary History, and Literary Criticism
  • Language and Culture
  • Applied, Professional, and Research Writing

The SUNY Empire State College bachelor of arts degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in English Language & Literature will:

  • introduce students to the history of English literature and the discipline of literary criticism and interpretation;
  • develop the critical thinking and interpretive skills, research skills, and information literacy needed to enable successful graduates to find work in a broad range of fields, or to pursue further study at the postgraduate level;
  • develop, to a high degree, the students’ abilities to interpret written communication, to create analytical and interpretive arguments, and to express themselves in complex, polished English prose.

What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in English Language and Literature?

Successful graduates interested in further study may progress to master’s degrees and doctoral programs in:

  • Literature
  • Communication
  • Culture Studies
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Education
  • Law

Graduates who enter the job market with skills in English Language and Literature find employment in a wide range of professions, often those emphasizing research skills; analytic and interpretive skills; production of written materials; and communication, whether oral or written.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Area of Study: Cultural Studies 

Major/Concentration: English Language and Literature

For more information about our partnership with the State University of New York, Empire State University please visit the dedicated page for the University of New York in Prague.

Required Courses

Lower-level compulsory English Language & Literature courses

  • Introduction to University Studies
  • English Composition 1
  • English Composition 2
  • Computers and Applications
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Literature
  • American Literature 1600-1865
  • American Poetry or British Poetry
  • General Psychology
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Great Books
  • History of the English Language
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Reason and Argument
  • Academic Writing
  • Short Story
  • The Novel

Upper-level compulsory English Language & Literature courses

  • American Literature 1865-present 
  • Children´s Literature
  • Exploring Place: Humanities 
  • Literary Interpretation as a Method of Inquiry
  • Myths, Symbols and Fables in Literature
  • Shakespeare or other Author
  • US Multicultural Fiction
  • Senior Project Proposal
  • Senior Project Thesis

Complementary and elective courses

In consultation with their academic advisor, students may choose complementary courses to focus on a certain literary genre, period, or theme; or may focus on a particular area of applied skills such as news writing, public relations, teaching English, or translation.

Elective courses

Each semester, students select elective courses in consultation with an academic advisor, choosing from a wide range of courses, including honors courses and courses in UNYP’s other majors (such as Business, Communication & Media, International Relations, and Psychology).

Please note that students must also fulfill the General Education requirements as part of their bachelor’s degree program.

  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Writer
  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising account executive
  • Advertising copywriter

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