The M.A. Degree programme in English was started in 1959 under the headship of Sr. Joseph Michael, fmm. The B.A. Degree programme was introduced in 1963. Today the Department also offers research programmes leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.

Foundation Level courses in English and Soft Skills training to first and second year students of all disciplines are also offered by the Department.

At the Undergraduate level the Department offers a variety of courses which range from genre-based to interdisciplinary. Regional literatures with their focus on cultural diversity, linguistic and contextual complexities and identity issues form the core of the Undergraduate programme. In offering students an eclectic mix of subjects and approaches to the study of literatures and 'englishes', the Department has ensured the relevance of the discipline in today's world, while maintaining traditional strengths.

The Master's degree programme offers students a fine balance of traditional American and British literature courses, with contemporary writing from other related and emerging areas such as Women's Writing, Children's Fiction, Indian Literature in Translation, Translation Studies, Modern Indian Literature in English and Dalit Literature. The courses are designed to ensure that students receive grounding in key theoretical formulations, develop awareness of socio-political, cultural and economic issues of the time, and learn to appreciate difference and diversity, thus making the programme both relevant and meaningful for the students of today.

The Department also offers specialised, skill-based courses such as English Language Teaching, Technical Writing and Translation Studies at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

The M.Phil programme which consists of both Core and Optional papers offers students the opportunity to engage in research by requiring them to submit a dissertation of about 100 pages in partial fulfillment of the programme.

The wide spectrum of courses reflects the varied specialisations of the faculty of the department. The objective of the Department is to equip students with critical, analytical, conceptual and communication skills which will enable them to work in many professions - teaching, journalism, publishing, translation, editing as well as research.

B.A. - Branch XII - English

Major Core Courses

  • Prose
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • East and South Asian Literatures
  • Indian Literature in Translation
  • Indian Literature in English
  • Literary Criticism - I & II
  • British Literature - 16th century to 21st century
  • American Literature
  • African and Caribbean  Literatures
  • West Asian Literatures

Allied Core Courses

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Subaltern Studies
  • Literature and Gender
  • Literature and Ideas

Major Elective Courses

  • English Language Teaching (Skill Development Course)
  • Introduction to Children's Literature
  • Literatures of Australia, Canada and New Zealand

Allied Elective Courses

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Indian Heritage and Tourism
  • Appreciation of Indian Art
  • Consumer Psychology

Independent Study Course

  • The Novel of Courtship and Marriage
  • Poetry of the Romantic Age

The Department offers the following General Elective courses to students of other departments:

  • Basic  English - I & II
  • Fiction and Film
  • English for the Workplace
  • Writing for the Media
  • Basic Theatre Skills
  • Travel Writing

M.A. - Branch VII - English

Core Courses

  • British Literature - I, II
  • American Literature: Modernism and After
  • Literature and Subalternity
  •  Women's Writing
  • Linguistics
  • Contemporary Critical Theory I & II
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Indian Literature in Translation
  • Literature and Ecology
  • Modern Indian Literature in English
  • Literature and Mysticism
  • Shakespeare
  • Dissertation

Elective Courses

  • Detective Fiction / Technical Writing
  • English Language Teaching - I / Children's Literature
  • English Language Teaching - II / New Fiction and the Contemporary World

Summer Internship

Independent Study Courses
  • Popular Fiction
  • Lierature and Science
  • Fantasy Fiction

The Department offers the following Post Graduate Elective courses to students of other departments:

  • English for Communication
  • Introduction to Technical Writing
  • Business English Certificate
  • Literature and Spiritualty


Core Courses

  • Indian Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • Contemporary World Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • Area of Research
  • Dissertation

Certificate Course

  • Copyediting