Department of English Language and Literature

The Department of English Language and Literature offers a rich exposure to language and literature. The philosophy of the Department to language development promotes an interdisciplinary approach which gears students towards academic success through a curriculum designed to address every language need.

Coursework in the departmental program is wide-ranging and includes linguistics (the study of language: phonology, morphology/syntax, semantics), discourse analysis, and literary criticism. The critical periods of literature are covered in core courses, along with a variety of electives that include drama, romantic poetry and prose, creative writing, and both cinema and gender studies. These courses represent a rare opportunity to explore in depth the worlds of language, literature, culture and the human condition.

Why English Language and Literature?
In addition to a deep immersion in language, literature and culture, the study of English prepares students for almost every profession. Both the commercial and government sectors actively recruit English majors because of their understanding of social and cultural issues, their training in critical and analytical thinking, and their writing and communication abilities. In a rapidly changing job market, employers value, above all, the flexible thinking, resourcefulness and communication skills of English graduates.

The Degrees We Offer
BA in English Language and Literature Bacc + 3 91 Credits
MA in English Language Teaching Bacc + 2 after BA 30 Credits
MA in English Language and Literature Bacc + 2 after BA 30 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Provide students with a solid background in the discipline of the English language and its historical development, and understand it as a system and as a social practice.

  2. Specific knowledge of English literature, its historic significance and its role as commentator on social and cultural contexts and development.

  3. Cultivate a systematic knowledge of theories in related fields.

  4. Promote understanding of the link between theory and practice.

  5. Develop the students’ analytical, research, and critical thinking skills.

  6. Develop an appreciation of literary and aesthetic values and their relationship to modern life.

  7. Foster reflective and skilled practitioners who can work in multidisciplinary contexts.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the BA curriculum in English Language and Literature students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the English literature and language.

  2. Use theory in practice in the field of linguistics and literature

  3. Critically analyze, evaluate and respond to conceptually complex texts.

  4. Write well organized, developed and researched academic essays in literature and linguistics.

  5. Conduct academic research in the fields of literature and linguistics.

  6. Use multi-media tools to communicate effectively.

  7. Display the ability to reflect on one’s learning

  8. Observe ethical standards in all scholarly activities

Master of Arts in English Language and Literature
The mission of the MA Program in English Literature reflects the University of Balamand’s goals for postgraduate education, including the raising of its students’ academic standards and cultural awareness, the development of critical thinking and the advancement of knowledge. The Program specifically focuses upon students’ deep immersion in literary texts and culture, literature’s historical contexts and theoretical concerns, the global reach of literatures written in English and their relation to international cultures, and the development of students’ research and writing skills in their production of written work that has academic and professional merit.

Program Objectives

The program aims at preparing future educational professionals:
  • - To immerse students in literary texts and cultures of various periods and places

  • - To expand students’ understanding of the centrality of literature to culture, its global reach and its connection to other forms of cultural expression such as visual arts, theory, politics, etc.

  • - To expose students to literature of different genres and historical periods and to understand the aesthetic and literary connections between them

  • - To enhance students’ methodological and research skills in order to analyze and evaluate primary literary texts and secondary resources related to the field

  • - To develop students’ communication skills, both written and oral, in order to communicate the results of their research in an academic and professional manner

Program Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate Knowledge of:
  • - literatures written in English, genres and historical periods and the reciprocal influences and interactions between them

  • - the critical and theoretical issues and engagements associated with the study of literature and texts in their various forms and genres

  • - the importance of literature to the understanding of culture and its various forms and manifestations

Demonstrate Skills in:
  • - analysing literary texts at a complex cognitive level

  • - applying critical and theoretical frameworks to the discussion of literary texts

  • - evaluating, synthesizing and integrating secondary academic materials into the analytical frameworks applied to literary texts

  • - reflecting upon and developing sophisticated critical responses to literary texts

  • - understanding ethical responsibilities related to the use of secondary materials and in the professional context generally

  • - effectively communicating, orally and in writing, the results of the student’s critical engagement with literary and secondary materials and texts

  • - writing an extended academic paper in the field of literary studies conforming to the academic conventions of the discourse

Demonstrate Professional Responsibility in:
  • - being purposeful, independent and confident learners, thinkers and writers who have developed the basis for ongoing success in the field of literary studies

Master of Arts in English Language Teaching
The mission of the MA ELT Program is to prepare English language teachers in Lebanon and the Arab region by providing specialist training and research opportunities. The wide-ranging program equips students with the skills for advanced research and key employment positions. It also offers opportunities to link theory with both practice and research.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with the latest theories in language teaching and learning

  • To prepare reflective practitioners able to work in various teaching contexts in Lebanon and the region

  • To equip students with advanced research skills in ELT

Program Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate Knowledge of
  • - language learning and teaching theories
  • - testing and assessment theories
  • - education management theories
  • - research theories

Display Cognitive and Metacognitive Skills, Critical Thinking
  • - apply theoretical knowledge
  • - analyze, critically evaluate and synthesize scholarly texts in the field of applied linguistics
  • - reflect on learning and teaching

Communicate effectively
  • - give competent and effective presentations on ELT topics
  • - demonstrate ICT competence in a professional setting
  • - communicate effectively in the classroom setting

Demonstrate Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility
  • - follow ethical standards in academic situations
  • - act responsibly and ethically in professional situations

Master Academic Writing and Research Skills
  • - conduct research in applied linguistics
  • - write an extended academic paper in the field of applied linguistics

After Graduation
The English Language and Literature offers a rich exposure to language and literature. Graduates in English are uniquely prepared for pursuing higher degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, especially those requiring analytical and creative thinking, together with a facility for precise communication. Some areas in which English majors regularly pursue careers are Education, Politics, Journalism, Tourism, Law, Translation, Management, Social Services, Fine Arts, and Government.