MA IN ENGLISH
English is now the most dominant language in the world and there is a renewed emphasis given on the teaching and learning of English in most countries of the world, and Bangladesh is no exception. People from all walks of life acknowledge the need to deepen their knowledge of English and to raise their proficiency in using it for a wide range of purposes.
The Department of English and Humanities at BRACU has been concentrating on a course of studies that combines literature teaching with language, as well as media and cultural studies, in its undergraduate program. The same approach is followed in our MA program, thus distinguishing it from other MA programs offered elsewhere.
BRACU MA in English program has two concentrations:
- Literature, and
- ELT and Applied Linguistics.
The program is based on the conviction that students will benefit from an in-depth study of many aspects of English language and literature.
The curriculum of the MA in English (Literature and ELT & Applied Linguistics) is designed for persons holding a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge of English in a specialized stream whether it is language or literature. The program seeks to prepare students to engage in the process of critical thinking and to carry out research and inquiry into their chosen area of interest.
The MA program also aims to provide a bridge between undergraduate studies and the demanding dissertation work required for the MPhil or Ph.D. It will also add some necessary courses to supplement or to enhance the literary competence of students from related disciplines, who might have limited background in literary or language study at the undergraduate level.
The following criteria will be followed in the admission of students into the program:
- A 4-year bachelor's degree, with at least second class or CGPA 2.5. (Candidates with a 3-year B.A. will need to take more courses.)
- At least 2nd division in SSC and HSC. Alternatively, 5 'O' Levels and 2 'A' Levels with a GPA of at least 2.0, according to BRACU scale: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, and E=1, only one E being acceptable.
- Qualifying in a 100-mark admission test consisting of a written test (80%) and an interview (20%).
Transfer of Credits
Transfer of credits from institutions having an equivalent curriculum, grading system and grading standard may be allowed for a maximum of 12 credits provided the student has obtained at least B grade(s) in the course(s) eligible for transfer. The university will consider applications for transfer of credit on a case-by-case basis.
Students will have to complete a minimum of 36 credits for the MA, distributed as follows:
- 3 core courses (9 credits)
- 5 elective courses (15 credits)
- MA Thesis (6 credits)
In addition, students entering without the necessary prerequisites will first have to complete four pre-requisite courses (12 credits) in the Foundation Semester.
Students must attain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 and a minimum grade of ’B’ in the thesis.
The MA in English at BRACU is a 36-credit program that requires 30 credits of coursework, followed by 6 credits of thesis work in the end.
The distribution of courses and credits is given below.
- Courses 10 30
- Thesis 6
- Total 36
The MA in English can be done with a concentration in Literature or a concentration in Applied Linguistics and ELT. Even though students will be concentrating in either Literature or Applied Linguistics and ELT, they will be encouraged to take at least one or two elective courses outside their concentration for a more well-rounded education.
Concentration in Literature
One course in Literary Criticism from the following:
- ENG 611 Basic Readings in Feminist Literary Criticism 3 credits
- ENG 612 Basic Readings in Postcolonial Literary Criticism 3 credits
- ENG 613 Basic Readings in Postmodern Literary Criticism 3 credits
- ENG 614 World Literature in Translation 3 credits
- ENG 616 Classical Literary Theories of the Eastern & Western Traditions 3 credits
One of the following electives:
- ENG 615 Nationalism and Literature 3 credits
- ENG 617 Literature and Popular Media 3 credits
- ENG 671 Cultural and Media Studies 3 credits
An elective course outside the concentration 3 credits
The literature concentration offers a choice of three streams of study. Students can focus on one, or combine courses from different streams. Each stream has at least one course focusing on the application of theory to the real world.
Stream 1: Feminist Approaches to Literature
- ENG 618 Tracing a Feminist Tradition: 18th & 19th Century Women's Writing 3 credits
- ENG 619 Twentieth Century Feminist Readings of Literature 3 credits
- ENG 620 Transnational Feminism: Reading Literature Interculturally 3 credits
- ENG 621 Gender Theories and Feminist Readings in English 3 credits
Stream 2: Postcolonial Literary Readings
- ENG 622 Reading English Literature Postcolonially: From Shakespeare to Defoe 3 credits
- ENG 623 Colonialism and Literature: The Nineteenth Century 3 credits
- ENG 624 Postcolonialism and the Contemporary World: Reading "Other" Englishes 3 credits
- ENG 625 Translation and the Study of Literature 3 credits
Stream 3: Postmodernism and Literature
- ENG 626 Postmodernist American Literature: from the 1960's to the present 3 credits
- ENG 627 Postmodernist British Literature: from the 1980's to the present 3 credits
- ENG 628 Postmodernism in Translation: Spanish and French traditions 3 credits
- ENG 629 Postmodernism and the Visual Media 3 credits
ENG 698 MA Thesis 6 credits
Students in the Literature concentration are required to complete a thesis of 7,000 to 12,000 words on a topic of their choice and approved by their thesis advisor. ENG 698 (Thesis) will have to be taken in the final semester, and the student will be guided by a thesis advisor. The thesis will have to be presented and defended in front of a committee composed of at least one faculty member and one external examiner.
- ENG 618 Tracing a Feminist Tradition: 18th and 19th Century Women's Writings
- ENG 619 20th Century Feminist Readings of Literature
- ENG 620 Transnational Feminism: Reading Literature Interculturally
- ENG 621 Gender Theories and Feminist Readings in English
- ENG 622 Reading English Literature Post Colonially: From Shakespeare to Defoe
- ENG 623 Colonialism and Literature: The Nineteenth Century
- ENG 624 Postcolonialism and the Contemporary World: Reading "Other" Englishes
- ENG 625 Translation and the Study of Literature
- ENG 626 Postmodernist American Literature: from the 1960's to the present
- ENG 627 Postmodernist British Literature: from the 1980's to the present
- ENG 628 Postmodernism in translation: Spanish and French traditions
- ENG 629 Postmodernism and the Visual Media
- ENG 671 Cultural and Media Studies
Concentration in ELT & Applied Linguistics
Students may choose 4 courses from the following courses
- ENG 642 English as a Second Language: Theory and Practice 3 credits
- ENG 643 Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics 3 credits
- ENG 644 Approaches to Teaching Grammar 3 credits
- ENG 645 Discourse Analysis 3 credits
- ENG 646 Computer Assisted Language Learning 3 credits
- ENG 647 World Englishes 3 credits
- ENG 648 Teacher Education 3 credits
- ENG 649 Material Design and Evaluation 3 credits
- ENG 650 Teaching English for Specific Purposes 3 credits
- ENG 651 Testing and Evaluation 3 credits
- ENG 652 Curriculum and Syllabus Design 3 credits
- ENG 653 Teaching Practicum 3 credits
- ENG 654 Phonetics and Phonology 3 credits
ENG 698 MA Thesis 6 credits
Students in the Applied Linguistics and ELT concentration also have to take ENG 698 (Thesis) in their final semester. They will have to write a thesis (of 7,000 to 10,000 words) on a topic of their choice and approved by their thesis advisor; which then has to be presented and defended in front of a committee composed of at least one faculty member and one external examiner.
- ENG 643 Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics
- ENG 644 Approaches to Teaching Grammar
- ENG 645 Discourse Analysis
- ENG 646 Computer Assisted Language Learning
- ENG 647 World Englishes
- ENG 649 Material Design and Evaluation
- ENG 650 Teaching English for Specific Purposes
- ENG 651 Testing and Evaluation
- ENG 652 Curriculum and Syllabus Design
- ENG 653 Teaching Practicum
- ENG 654 Phonetics and Phonology
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