BA in English



The Bachelor of Arts in English is designed to train students to be able to use the language for scholarly and practical purposes. The program provides excellent preparation for any profession requiring a high degree of skill and comprehension in oral and written communication.  The English major is a widely recognized and respected preparation for graduate degrees in teaching, journalism, management and administration.

Course Description

The Department of English offers undergraduate programs in English which give students an opportunity to discover more about the world they live in, to learn to appreciate the artistic works of fellow human beings and to develop literary and linguistic aptitudes of their own.

The BA in English program is recommended for students interested in a broad general background in the humanities with a concentration in literature and language and for those interested in obtaining a firm foundation for further study in graduate school. It is specially designed as a foundation course for potential language teachers at secondary and tertiary levels.

The freshman and sophomore students will have an opportunity to do interdisciplinary courses to enable them to get a variegated general education. By the third year, they have an option of one or two of three streams: Language (Linguistics), Literature, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language).  Thus, they not only get a variety of options to choose from, but also equip themselves with essential skills in specialized areas.

The Faculty

The department includes faculty members who have a broad range of professional competence in the study of literature and language, and who are trained to teach courses in language study, linguistics, comparative literature, translation and world cultures.


B.A. Curriculum



                      120 credits

Core Courses


                      51 credits

University Core


                      39 credits

Major Concentration


                      24 credits

Free Electives


                       6 credits

Year 1: 09 courses/27 credits

Year 1 Term 1


Introduction to Composition

3 credits


Bangladesh Culture and Heritage

3  credits


Intro. to Computer Information System

3  credits

Year 1 Term 2


Intermediate Composition

3  credits

SOC101/ENV203/ GEO205/ANT101


3  credits


College Algebra/Precalculus

3  credits

Year 1 Term 3


Public Speaking

3  credits


Political Science/Government

3  credits


Macro Principles

3  credits

Year 2: 11 courses/34 credits                                                                                                             [27+34=61]

Year 2 Term 1



3  credits



3  credits


Statistics I

3  credits


ARB 101

Foreign Language-Introductory level

3  credits

Year 2 Term 2

ENG220/ ENG230

Introduction to Fiction/ Introduction to Poetry

3 credits


Introduction to World Civilization

3  credits

PSY101/ENV107/ PBH101/CHE101/ PHYL107L/BIO103

Introduction to Psychology/Intro to Environmental Science/Introduction to Public Health/ Biology I/Physics I

4 credits

Year 2 Term 3

ENG210/ ENG260

Introduction to Linguistics/ Literary Theory

3 credits


Research Methodology for Humanities

3 credits


ARB 201/301

Foreign Language-Intermediate/advanced  Level

3 credits


LAW206/WMS201/ POL210/

International relations/intro. to Governance/ Intro. to constitutional Law/ Gender Studies/ Human Rights

3 credits

Year 3: 10 courses/32 credits                                                                                                          [27+34+32=93]

Year 3 Term 1

PSY101/ENV107/ PBH101/CHE101/ PHYL107L/BIO103

Introduction to Psychology/Intro to Environmental Science/Introduction to Public Health/ Biology I/Physics I

4 credits



3 credits

WCN201/IBH201/ ISH201/

World Civilizations/ Indo-Bangla History/Islamic History

3 credits

Year 3 Term 2

ENG331/ENG301/ ENG361/ORG301

Elizabethan and Jacobean drama/Phonetics & Phonology/ Introduction to Applied Linguistic/ Foundations of Organizational Communication

3 credits


LAW206/WMS201/ POL210/

International relations/intro. to Governance/ Intro. to constitutional Law/ Gender Studies/ Human Rights

3 credits



3 credits


History of Economic Thought

3 credits

Year 3 Term 3

ENG336/ ENG306/ ENG366/ ORG306

17th Century Poetry and Prose/ Semantics & Pragmatics/  Theories of Second Language Acquisition/ Professional Communication

3  credits

LAW410/ ECO203/   ANT203/ SOC201/  PAD301/TNM201

Comparative Legal Systems/ Microeconomics/ Anthropology II/  Sociology II/  Public Administration/ Media and Communication

3 credits

PSY101/ENV107/ PBH101/CHE101/ PHYL107L/BIO103

Introduction to Psychology/Intro to Environmental Science/Introduction to Public Health/ Biology I/Physics I

4 credits

Year 4: 9 courses/27 credits                                                                                                     [27+34+32+27=120]

Year 4 Term 1

ENG341/ENG311/ ENG371/ ORG311

The Rise and Growth of the Novel/Morphology & Syntax/  Principles of Syllabus Design & Material Development/ Communication Theory and Research

3 credits


Any elective course (from own concentration)

3 credits


Ethical Theory

3 credits

Year 4 Term 2

ENG346/ ENG316/ ENG376/ ORG316

19th Century Poetry and Fiction/ Sociolinguistics/ Testing and Evaluation/ Argumentation and Critical Thinking

3 credits


Any elective course (from own concentration)

3 credits


Free elective course (courses from any area university wide)

3 credits

Year 4 Term 3

ENG351/ ENG321/  ENG381/ ORG321

Modernism and Postmodernism/ Psycholinguistics/ Teaching Techniques & Practicum/ Professional Writing

3 credits


Any elective course (from own concentration)

3  credits


Free elective course (courses from any area university wide)

3 credits



Requirements (for batches 142 and before):

Total credit requirement for degree program is 123 credits.

                               Core                                             66 credits
                          General Education Courses             27    “
(6 credits from Core)
                           Concentration Elective                     36    “


1. Core courses: (66 credits)                  3 credits each

ENG 109               Academic English I

ENG 110               Academic English II

ENG 112               Reading Skill and Vocabulary Building

ENG 118               Introduction to Fiction

ENG 119               Introduction to Drama

ENG 200               Structure of English

ENG 202               Stylistics

ENG 205               Advanced Writing

ENG 210               Introduction to Linguistics           

ENG 211               Basic Theories of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition

ENG 212               History of the English Language

ENG 215               Language and Culture

ENG 219               European Classics in Translation

ENG 222               Survey of American Literature 

ENG 223               Survey of British Literature

ENG 230               Introduction to Poetry

ENG 310               Phonetics and Phonology

ENG 311               Semantics

ENG 335               Introduction to Literary Theory    

ENG 450               Teaching Techniques

ENG 456               Testing and Evaluation

ENG 490               Senior Tutorial  


ENG 491               Teaching Practicum        


2. General Education Courses (27 credits)

English requirements of 6 credits (ENG109 & ENG110) are automatically fulfilled in core requirements. A total number of 21 credits need to be completed:


                                Computer Science/Science/MIS                          6

                                Environmental Studies                                       3

                                Liberal Arts and Social Sciences                         9

                                Psychology                                                     __3___ 


3. Concentration Electives (36 credits)

Students select one of the following concentrations and complete 21 credits in it. They have an option of doing the remaining 15 credits from either (a) their own concentration, or (b) any of the other two concentrations, or (c) any other discipline.

A. Concentration Electives for Language:


ENG 204

Introduction to Applied Linguistics

ENG 208

An Introduction to Journalism

ENG 315

Electronic Journal Workshops

ENG 316

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENG 319

Fundamentals of Language Acquisition and Development

ENG 320

Discourse Analysis

ENG 370

Business Communication

ENG 401

Contrastive Grammar

ENG 402

Modern English Transformational and Generative Grammar

ENG 410


ENG 411


ENG 412

Modern Schools of Linguistics

ENG 414

English for Public Relations

ENG 470

Theory and Practice of Translation

B.  Concentration Electives for Literature:

ENG 201

The Short Story

ENG 225

Survey of South Asian Literature in English

ENG 301

Poetry of the English Renaissance: From Spenser to Milton

ENG 304

Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Excluding Shakespeare

ENG 305

Shakespeare Studies

ENG 306

Restoration and Augustan Literature

ENG 323

The Rise of the Novel

ENG 326

Romantic Poetry

ENG 331

Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

ENG 332

Victorian Poetry and Prose

ENG 333

Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

ENG 380

Literary Theory I: From Plato to Johnson

ENG 405

Modernism and Postmodernism in Poetry: From Yeats to Ginsberg

ENG 415

Twentieth-Century Fiction in English

ENG 418

Twentieth-Century Drama in English

ENG 426

Literary Theory II: From Wordsworth to Derrida

ENG 428

Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Feminist writings

ENG 430

Senior Seminar in Literature

C.   Concentration Electives for TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages):

ENG 318

Principles of Materials Development

ENG 319

Fundamentals of Language Acquisition and Development

ENG 401

Contrastive Grammar

ENG 402

Modern English Transformational and Generative Grammar

ENG 410

Socio linguistics

ENG 411


ENG 434

Syllabus Design

ENG 451

Teaching Reading

ENG 452

Teaching Grammar    

ENG 453

Teaching Composition

ENG 454

Teaching Listening and Speaking

ENG 455

Computer Assisted Language Learning


Dual Major Program in English

BA in English students can complete dual major in any two of the three concentrations (Linguistics, Literature or TESOL). Requirements will be as follows:

Total credits: 129

Breakdown is given below:

Core                                                                      : 66 credits

General Education courses                                    : 21 credits

Concentration Electives:              

                First Concentration                               : 21 credits (7 courses)

                Second Concentration                          :

                                Open                     - 15 credits

                                Additional           - 6 credits: 21 credits (5 open + 2 additional courses)


Major in English For Students of Other Academic Departments/Programs:    45 Credits


Minimum CGPA requirement is 2.5

Course ID           Course Title                                                                                     Credits


ENG 112         Reading Skill and Vocabulary Building                                                  3

ENG 118         Introduction to Fiction                                                                          3

ENG 119         Introduction to Drama                                                                          3

ENG 210         Introduction to Linguistics                                                                    3

ENG 212         History of the English Language                                                          3

ENG 215         Language and Culture                                                                         3

ENG 219         European Classics in Translation                                                         3

ENG 230         Introduction to Poetry                                                                         3

ENG 310         Phonetics and Phonology                                                                    3

ENG 3xx         Any Three courses                                                                              9

ENG 4xx         Any Three courses                                                                              9

Note: Students who have taken BUS251 (Business Communication) may not take ENG370 (Business Communication).

Minor program in English for students of other academic departments / programs

Total credits: 30

Core                                      12 credits

Concentration Elective  18 credits

The students must take 12 credits (One course from each of the 4 levels, i.e. levels 100 through 400) from the core courses. The student who has done ENG 103 or ENG 105 may be credited with a 100 level course. S/he needs to take 18 credits from the following three disciplines of concentration elective: Language, Literature and TESOL. Of these 18 credits, s/he will take 12 credits from concentration minor and 6 credits from the remaining two concentrations.

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North South University

Bachelor of Arts in English (with concentrations in Linguistics, Literature & TESOL)

Revised Curriculum

University Core (General Education)                                                                                                                         51

Languages                                                                                                                                                                        12

ENG 102*

Introduction to Composition: Development of integrated language skills with special focus on the mechanics of the writing process and the study of grammar with an emphasis on syntax. Writing unified, coherent paragraphs with topic sentences and controlling ideas. 3 credits

ENG 103*

Intermediate Composition: The practice of academic reading and especially writing, focusing on expository essays. Emphasis will be placed on essay structure and editing. Essay types include narrative, descriptive, process, cause and effect, and comparison and contrast. Prerequisite: ENG 102/Waiver. 3 credits.

ENG 111


Public Speaking: This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices of rhetoric. They will learn the art of public speaking which involves persuasion, creative analysis and synthesis of topics, organization, language, delivery, audience awareness and adaptation and the use of supporting materials. Types of speeches will include informative, persuasive, impromptu, inspirational, and special occasion speeches.  Prerequisite: ENG 103. 3 credits.

ENG 115


Literature: This course introduces students to the rich literary tradition of poetry, drama, and fiction. Drawing on a wide range of writings in English, students will learn to read and respond to literature and learn the fundamentals of literary analysis. Prerequisite: ENG 103. 3 credits.

 Arts and Humanities                              9

Philosophy/Ethics                                                                     3 Credits

PHI 101*

Introduction to Philosophy: An exploration of some basic philosophical topics such as the nature of the mind and its relationship to the brain, knowledge, freewill, justice, the existence of God, and mortality. It focuses specially on the nature and function of philosophy. Part or all of the focus of the course may be on the work of one or two philosophers. 3 credits.


PHI 104

Introduction to Ethics This course introduces students to the prominent ethical theories (virtue ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, etc.) in the Western philosophical tradition, examines the debate between moral universalism and moral relativism, and demonstrates various methods of analysis as applied to contemporary moral problems, e.g., abortion, assisted reproductive technologies, organ transplantation, affirmative action, capital punishment, euthanasia, war and violence, gender roles, human rights, environmental degradation.  As appropriate, a multicultural perspective on ethical theory and moral problems will be examined. 3 credit

History (World/Indo-Bangla/Islamic)                                                                            6 Credits

HIS 101*

Bangladesh Culture and Heritage: Deals with the cultural and political heritage of Bangladesh from ancient times to the present and familiarizes students with the cultural milieu of the people to make them aware of Bangladesh’s national identity. Topics include ethnic origin of the people in Bangladesh, religious faiths, festivals, colonial legacy; baul culture; creativity in the arts and crafts; evolution of nationalism in the pre and post-partition East Bengal, Language Movement, struggle for autonomy, and the independence of Bangladesh. 3 credits.

HIS 102*

Introduction to World Civilization: Focuses on the values and importance of the study of the history of human civilization, especially in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Babylonia; Harappa civilization and the Gandhara civilization, ancient Chinese culture and civilization; ancient Greek civilization, Muslim civilization and their influence over European Renaissance, scientific innovations, cultural progress and religious reformation. The rise of powerful nation states in Europe and North America and the impact of scientific and technological supremacy of the west over the so-called ‘backward communities’ are also studied here.  3 credits.

 Social Sciences                                                                                                                       9

Political Science and Government                                                                                        3 Credits

POL 101*

Introduction to Political Science: Provides students with some of the core concepts of political science, such as state, sovereignty, constitutionality, political culture, democracy, political party, civil society and the functioning of major political systems including Bangladesh. It addresses issues, institutions and structures that correspond to our everyday life and shape our political behavior and perceptions as ‘political animal’. 3 credits.


POL 104*

Introduction to Governance: Introduces students with the concept and various aspects of public governance and their relevance in Bangladesh. Topics include: accountability, transparency, participation, freedom of information, sound judicial system, capacity building; major governance problems of Bangladesh; role of civil society (including media, NGOs etc.); relationship between better governance and the growth of private sector; donor’s agenda in governance; public sector corruption; implications of e-governance. 3 credits.


Macro Principles            3 Credits   

ECO 101*

Introduction to Microeconomics: An introduction to the methods and principles of microeconomics. Topics include: markets; theory of consumer behaviour; production theory; costs of production, and market structure; efficiency in allocation and production.  3 credits.

ECO 104*

Introduction to Macroeconomics: This course introduces the principles of macroeconomic analysis, its analytical methods with current institutional and empirical issues. Topics include different methods of national income accounting with special emphasis on Bangladesh Economy; issues relating to unemployment, inflation; determination of output, price level, money and banking. It also gives an introductory account of the monetary and fiscal policies; budget and trade deficits; and exchange rate.  3 credits.

Sociology/Geography/Anthropology                                                                              3 Credits

SOC 101*

Introduction to Sociology: Provides students with an understanding of the primary phenomena, concepts, issues and practices associated with sociology. Topics include explanation of how societies grow and change; reciprocal effects of economic, political, familial, and scientific institutions on each other and on individual life; changes and social conflict, problems of bureaucratic growth and planned and unplanned social change.  3 credits.

ENV 203*/ GEO 205*

Introduction to Bangladesh Geography: Basic geographic concepts and fundamental themes. Geophysical and socio-economic characteristics of Bangladesh; introduction to physical geography; landforms; weather and climate; population geography; cultural and political context; natural resources; economic geography and urban – regional concepts; spatial interaction between human and natural environment. 3 credits

ANT 101*

Introduction to Anthropology: Explains the origin of human culture and society and addresses the concepts of fundamental phenomena and procedures of cultural change, impact of culture on personality development, structures of human relationships etc. Students are also introduced to basic research methods that help them develop the primary skills to study human behaviors.  3 credits


Computer and Math Skills                                                                                                        9


Introduction to Computer Information Systems                                                                      3 Credits

MIS 105*

                        Introduction to Computers:  Provides a general understanding of computer applications and functions of the components of a computer system. Topics include components of computer systems; concepts of software; introduction to operating systems; history of computer languages; programming fundamentals; basics such as constant, variables, data type, operators and expressions, pointer; concepts of database; internet technology and World Wide Web. Course is conducted in a lab setting and provides functional orientation to word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database and WebPages design. Students also learn some basic skills in searching and evaluating online resources.  3 credits

College Algebra/Pre-Calculus           3 Credits

MAT 112*

Elementary Mathematics: Topics include sets, real numbers system, algebraic expressions, systems of equations, functions and relations matrices, determinant applications), exponents and radicals, exponential and logarithmic functions, functions of integers, permutations, combinations, and binomial theorem. Prerequisite: High School Mathematics.  3 credits.

MAT 116*

Pre-calculus: Topics includes sets, real number system, algebraic expressions, systems of equations, functions and relations, quadratic functions, synthetic division, the zeros of a polynomial function, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, additional applications of trigonometry, mathematical induction, the binomial theorem, sequences. Prerequisite: High School Mathematics. 3 credits.

Statistics I                          3 Credits

BUS 172*

Introduction to Statistics: Introduces modern theory and methodology of statistics and their application in economics and business. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling theory and methodology, sampling distributions and hypothesis testing. Computer application is a compulsory component for the course. Cross-listed as ECO 172 & ENV 172. 3 credits

 Sciences (with lab)  12

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology: Fundamental principles of psychology, with emphasis on basic research and applications in psychology's major theoretical areas of study: thought, memory, learning, perception, personality, social processes, development, and the physiological bases of psychology. Study of human behavior with special reference to perception learning memory, thinking, emotional life, and individual differences in intelligence, aptitude, and personality. Direct observation of methods of investigation by laboratory demonstrations and by student participation in current research projects. The lab component also includes of review of abnormal behaviors, their causes and possible therapy solutions. 4 credits

ENV 107

Introduction to Environmental Science: Man and environment; major components of the environment; basic population dynamics; bio-geo-chemical cycles; biosphere: ecological concepts and ecosystems; flow of matter and energy through an ecosystem; biodiversity; lithosphere: agriculture and environment; urbanization; solid and hazardous waste management; atmosphere: chemistry of air; urban air pollution; acid rain; global warming; ozone layer depletion ;hydrosphere: water chemistry; water pollution and treatment; wetland and coastal management; renewable and non-renewable energy; environmental health and toxicology, lab experiments. 4 credits

PBH 101


Introduction to Public Health: This is an introductory course intended to introduce undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines to the basic issues of Public Health. This course will discuss on the brief History of Public Health, Modern Health, Tools and Function, Organization and Legal Basis of Public Health Ethics and some emerging and re-emerging communicable and non-communicable diseases prevention strategies. After completing the course, the students will be able to define public health, describe the history of public health and its functions, describe how health is measure, how disease is occurred in the community and how to prevent them at personal and community level, the legal and ethical aspects of public health. The students will have an overall knowledge on Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Social and behavioral health, Health Services Management and policies and current event and issues in this field. Graduates will also get the hands on experience through laboratory research in pollution detection lab, infectious disease lab, food safety lab and other biomedical lab to detect and isolate micro organisms from food and water samples. 4 credits

BIO 103

Biology I: Introduction to Biology: Scope, Biology, What is life? and Characteristics of living things; Chemistry of life: Atoms & elements, Molecules & bonds, Electronegativity, Polar & non-polar bonds, Diffusion & osmosis, pH; Biological Macromolecules: Carbohydrate, Lipid, Protein and Nucleic acids, Central dogma of molecular biology; Cell structure and function: Organelles description & level of organization; Cellular Reproduction: Cell cycle, Cell Division, Mitosis, Meiosis; Energy of Life: Cellular respiration (anabolism & catabolism); Enzymes definition and characterization; Photosynthesis; Biological Diversity: Evolution and natural selection, the origin and diversification of life on earth; Evolution of microbes & animals, Classification; Human Physiology: Homeostasis, digestive system, circulatory (blood), excretory and respiratory systems; Health and disease: Food & nutrition; diabetics, cancer and heart disease.

Laboratory Work: Determining the pH of given food/juice/beverage samples, Observing a single cell under light microscope and identification of organelles, Observing bacterial growth from microbial plating, Observing antibiotic activity of saliva/tears, Blood grouping, Determination of serum glucose by glucose oxidase method. 4 credits.

PHY 107L*

Physics I: Vectors, Kinematics, Newton’s Law, Conservation of Energy and Momentum, Rotational Kinematics, Conservation of Angular Momentum, Collision, Compton Effect, Nuclear Theory, DeBrogglie, Oscillations and Waves, Gravitation.  The lab component includes:  Measurement of length area and volume of solids of regular shapes using vernier caliper, micrometer screw gauge and spherometers. This simple experiment will introduce the students to precision in measurements, error and propagation of error. This knowledge is of fundamental importance, which will be applied in all subsequent experiments, Free fall experiment. To find the time of fall through a given distance and to determine the acceleration of free fall. Apparatus required: Light gates and timer, To study equilibrium of a rigid body. Apparatus needed: force table, pulleys, and weights, To study rectilinear motion on an inclined plane. Apparatus: board, electronic timers or ticker tape timers, light gate etc. Plot of v-t and a-t graphs, To find acceleration of free fall using Atwood’s machine. Apparatus: pulley, known masses and electronic timer, Measurements of the coefficients of static and dynamic friction. Apparatus: wooden blocks, spring balance, known weights etc, Motion of a ball bearing through a resistive medium. To measure the viscosity of glycerin by Stokes’ law. Apparatus: measuring cylinder, stop watch, steel ball bearings, meter rule, and thermometer, Simple harmonic motion 1. Measurement of g by simple pendulum, Simple harmonic motion 2. Vibration of a vertical spring-mass system, measurements of the spring constant and the acceleration of free fall, Study of damped and forced harmonic oscillator. Apparatus: carts, motor, springs, motion sensors etc, Rotational motion. Measurement of moment of inertial of a flywheel, Foucault’s pendulum and the effect of Earth’s rotation, To study the rotational motion of a cylinder down an incline. The objective of this experiment is to become familiar with the relationships involving angular acceleration and moments of inertia, Conservation of momentum and kinetic energy in elastic collisions. Apparatus: air track, gliders, light gates, timers etc, Study of one-dimensional inelastic collisions. Apparatus: air track.  Prerequisite: MAT 120 and Physics in HSC/A Level. 4 Credits

CHE 101

Chemistry I: This course covers fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include measurement, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, Chemical Equilibrium and Kinetics, gas laws and solutions. This course is appropriate as a basic chemistry course or as a science elective for students who have science, engineering, or mathematics majors. Upon completion, students will be able to- Define chemistry as the study of matter, can apply the basic concepts in their future studies and apply safe laboratory skills to solve problems in a cooperative environment.

Laboratory Work:  Introducing analytical balance, proving the law of definite proportions, estimation of Avogadro's number, standardization of HCl, acid Base titration, determination of density. 4 credits

 BA Core Humanities and Social Sciences core     39 

Foreign Language (Any two consecutive levels)    6 credits


Introduction to Chinese/French/Spanish/Arabic: This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language. Taught in English, the course acquaints students with the respective language and culture and emphasizes speaking, vocabulary building, reading and translating skills. 3 credits.



Intermediate Chinese/French/Spanish/Arabic: This course provides a substantial review of the basics of the language while expanding students’ knowledge of vocabulary and structure, and allows them to express themselves in a more varied and meaningful way, both verbally and in writing. Prerequisite: CHN/FRC/SPA/ARB/101 respectively or permission of instructor. 3 credits.



Advanced Chinese/French/Spanish/Arabic/: Continuing with a functional and thematic approach to building proficiency, this course builds on students’ previous knowledge to expand and refine their ability to express themselves both verbally and in writing. Culture continues to play a central role, as does reading. Students read a variety of short texts and write short compositions in the language. Prerequisite: CHN/FRC/SPA/ARB/ 201 respectively or permission of instructor. 3 credits.


Humanities (Courses offered by the Department of English and Modern Languages) 15 Credits

World civilizations/Indo-Bangla/Islamic History

HIS 201

WORLD CIVILIZATION: This course focuses on the values and importance of the study of world civilization, especially Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Harappan, Chinese, ancient Greek  and Muslim civilization . It is not needed to be emphasized that these old civilizations have made to-day’s world.    European renaissance, scientific innovations, cultural progress in Asia and Europe and religious reformations are also included in this course.   The rise of powerful states in Europe and North America and the impact of scientific and technological developments all over the world are also integral part of this course. Prerequisite POL 101. 3 credits.

HIS 202


Indo-Bangla History: This course deals with the history and cultural heritage of Indo- Bangla Region generally known to-day as South Asia. It covers the political legacy of the area since ancient times and rigorously examines the colonial legacy. It covers also social and economic life of the region and how these were evolved over the centuries.  More importantly, the region is extremely rich in art and architecture and deserves exclusive studies of this most valuable cultural heritage. The region has also history of age long contact with many countries of the world through trade, commerce and education. Finally the course will cover the story of various political and religious movements of the region. Prerequisite POL. 101. 3 Credit

HIS 203


Islamic History: This course explores the emergence and expansion of Islam as a major historical and civilization force in the world. Three sets of issues will be focused throughout the course. The political history will cover the influential regimes such as Khulafa-i-Rasheedin; Abbasid period; Ottoman, Mughal and Savavid empires. A second set of issues will cover the development of art, architecture, science and education. Thirdly, the course will examine the interaction of Muslim societies with the modern West. Prerequisite POL 101. 3 credits.

ETH 201

Ethical Theory: Ethics branded sometimes as moral philosophy involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. Ethics are rules of behavior employed to uphold fairness in professional and transactional settings and relationships.  In brief it is important to establish fairness and transparency in the workplace and thus foster trade, commerce, and economic activities which are essential to the sustenance of the modern world.  Throughout history ethical issues have been raised on many occasions. This course will deal with this critical issue as it has occurred in many places. The course will also deal with meta-ethics, normative ethics and applied ethics. The ethical conduct nowadays has become a burning issue. The course will deal with major ethical issues of the contemporary world. Prerequisite POL 101. 3 credits.

ECO 406*



History of Economic Thought: The aim of this course is to study how economic analysis has reached its present state. This course presents the major theoretical and methodological ideas that have shaped and continue to shape contemporary economics keeping a balance between coverage of ideas, individual contributors, different schools, institutions and methods. It covers contributions from pre-classical including ancient and medieval, classical, neoclassical, Marxians, Austrians, Keynesians, post-Keynesians, and Chicago school. In discussing the contributions of different schools, institutions and individuals, the course makes a special treatment of value and distribution. Prerequisite: ECO 101.  3 credits.

ENG 210*

Introduction to Linguistics: Theory of language and communication; role of language in the personal and social development of the fully “human” begin; origins, development, acquisition, and diversity of language; nature and function of symbolic systems; phonology, morphology, syntax, orthography, sign language, and semantics. Prerequisite: ENG 111, 3 credits.

ENG 220

(ENG 118*)

Introduction to Fiction: This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in novels and other narrative genres. Required reading list includes both traditional and innovative and Western and non-Western texts. The course aims at raising questions about pleasures and meanings of texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Prerequisite: ENG 115, 3 credits.

ENG 230*

Introduction to Poetry: Introduction to poetry will initiate students into a detailed study of the genre. The distinctiveness of the poetic discourse in contrast with other varieties of language will be underlined. Students will acquaint themselves with the vocabulary of poetic criticism and the relevant critical terms such as theme, tone, imagery and persona. The mechanics of basic English versification will also be studied. The main types of narrative and non-narrative poetry, epic, ballad and such varieties of the lyric form as the sonnet, the ode, the elegy, and the dramatic monologue will be surveyed and analyzed. Prerequisite: ENG 115, 3 credits.

ENG 260

(ENG 335*)

Introduction to Literary Theory: The basic aim of this course is to train students to respond critically to literary texts in various genres. Students will develop a preliminary acquaintance with the history of literary criticism and different critical approaches and methods including formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, postmodernism, historicism and Marxism. The course material, focusing on the works of the leading twentieth-century theorists, will be finalized by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 210 & ENG 220. 3 credits.

 Social Science     9

INT 101*

Introduction to International Relations: Acquaints students with the core concepts, processes, and issues of International Relations (IR) and covers the major theories of IR as well as significant issues in contemporary world politics. Students would develop better grasping and analytical capability over the developments in regional and global politics. 3 credits.

POL 300*

Good Governance: Classical medieval, modern, and post-modern interpretations.  Structure and processes of good governance. Role of legislatures in western vis-a-vis non-western political cultures: Greek, Roman, French, English and South Asian experiences.  Behavioral views of good and bad governance: role of legislative, executive and judicial leaders. Linkage between politics, bureaucracy and administrative reform. Evaluation and monitoring of implementation activities.  Structure and issues of civil society of the 21st century.  3 credits.

LAW 206*

Introduction to Constitutional Law:  This class will focus on the Bangladesh constitution, paying specific attention to the fundamental principles of state policy, fundamental rights, and the various duties and obligations assigned to specific braches of the government.  The course will introduce students to reading case law and also expose students to the fundamental rights found in various constitutions around the world. Prerequisite: ENG 103. 3 credits.

WMS 201*

Gender and Development: Provides the direction and aims of development in terms of gender relations; women’s access to paid work, land ownership, labor markets, income, credit and training;  implications for economic growth and social equality, employment generation and sexual  division of labor; technological innovation and its impact on gender; economic crisis,  structural adjustment policies and their implications for gender divisions in labor and  well-being; gender policy relevant research needs, strategies, methods.  3 credits.

POL 210*

Human Rights and Politics: Illustrates the theory and practice of human rights in contemporary world politics. The core issues include the historical origins and philosophical foundations of human rights; the nature of contemporary human rights problems, and the role of politics in sustaining them, and the strategies that are currently being advocated to reduce the human rights violations. It also focuses the role of the Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in advancing and protecting human rights throughout the world.  3 credits.

LAW 410 (LAW 205*)

Constitutional Laws of India, the UK and the USA:

India:  Indian constitution and constitutional laws:  nature of the Indian constitution, and form of Governmnet; form of parliament and the union judiciary; the Executive; the President; Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles; Active judicial enforcement of human rights

UK:  sources and characteristics of British constitutional law, unwritten constitutional principles, common law basis; conventions; form of the Government (including devolution) Parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law; cabinet Westminister type of government responsibility; the UK Supreme Court (and its brief history); modern bill of rights (in the Human Rights Act 1998) and its genesis (from Magna Carta and Bill of Rights)

USA:  Introduction to the US Constitution, separation of powers, congress and the president impeachment, election sof the president and congress, system of government (Federal v State), US supreme court and its powers, judicial selection, bill of rights. Prerequisite: LAW 206.  3 credits.

ECO 203*

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory-I: Theory of choice and its application to consumer and producer odelling; theory of production and cost; output and input markets; their structure, equilibrium and efficiency; introduction to general equilibrium analysis. Prerequisite: ECO 101. 3 credits.

ANT 230*


Introduction to Social Anthropology and Ethnology: Provides an introduction to the anthropological study of contemporary human society and emphasizes on the comparative study of social organization, interpersonal relations, cultural ecology and processes of socio-cultural change. It also includes some consideration of the methods and theory of ethnological field research.   Prerequisite: ANT 103.  3 credits

SOC 201*

Contemporary Issues in Gender Relationship:  Explains historical background of the development of gender studies as a separate discipline; theoretical debates on gender role; ideological issues; concept of ‘Gender’ and ‘Feminism’; gender methodology; gender theory; future of gender studies, problems and prospects of gender studies in Bangladesh. Prerequisite: SOC 101.  3 credits.

PAD 301

Personnel Administration, Leadership and Public Policy Making: Focus of this advanced level course is on operational aspects of Public Administration. Personnel administration will deal with management of human resources including recruitment, training, retention, promotion compensation and chain of command  in public offices.  The course then focuses on different categories of leadership in public offices – political leaders, bureaucratic leaders, civil and military leaders. Finally, the course takes up decision making processes in public offices that involves consensus vs competition, bargaining, compromise and imposition. Pre-requisite: PAD 201. 3 Credit.

TNM 201*

Television and New Media (TNM): Equips students with specialized knowledge and skills in interactive design and production. Also provides a distinctive, multidisciplinary vision of new media and communications theory. It covers the interactive program planning; production technology; program making and development and news reporting, and communication management. 3 credits.

Fine Arts                                                               6 Credits


LBA 104*

Introduction to Dramatics: Deals with basic theories of practical theatre and their application. Students learn the fundamentals of acting and theatre production. They are also given an opportunity to develop their potential in production situations. The four major areas of theatre production – acting, technical aspects, theory & practice – are taught here. 3 credits.


ARC 131*

Sources in Architecture: Examination of the fundamental human purposes of architecture and the study of the principal measures by which people judge the architecture of useful objects, buildings, and cities. Introductory studies of creative arts like painting, sculpture, music, film, photography etc. Art as an expression of the material culture. People and art. Evolution of art through the ages with special reference to the stylistic movements. Criticism of art in particular context, methodology. Sculpture as a form of artistic and architectural expression. Techniques; basic shapes and free expressions in plastic material and mixed media.  Music and its form. Ordering principles of music. The Indian and the Western concepts; Raga versus western classical music. Relationship between music and architecture. Film as a media to understand three-dimensional journey through spaces: orientation, lighting, setting, color, makeup. 3 credits.  .

Research Methodology                                       3 credits

ENG 215

(ENG 110*)

Research Methodology for Humanities: Further work in academic reading and writing. The focus of academic writing will be essay writing with an emphasis on argumentation, persuasion and research methodology. Writing proposals for various topics from areas in the humanities, different types of bibliography, primary and secondary sources, abstract writing, and documenting sources following the MLA/APA style of documentation. The student is required to choose a topic approved by the instructor and write a research paper of about 5000 words. S/He will present the research paper to the class and defend queries. Prerequisite: ENG 103 & ENG 111. 3 credits.

BA ENGLISH MAJOR: Linguistics Concentration             24

Required Courses (Core) for Linguistics                      15 credits

ENG 301

(ENG 310*)

Phonetics & Phonology: This course is an introduction to the sounds of languages, especially the English sound system, and to the methods that linguists use to describe the sound systems of the languages of the world. Prerequisite: ENG 210. 3 credits.

ENG 306

(ENG 311*)

Semantics & Pragmatics: This course is an introduction to the study of ‘meaning’ as a part of linguistics. Students will know about the theories that help us understand the meaning of words, sentences and utterances with or without any context provided. Prerequisite: ENG 210. 3 credits.

ENG 311

(ENG 200*)

Morphology & Syntax: This course provides an overview of the basic aspects required to describe the structure of the Standard English words and sentences. Students will learn about the process of word formation and the grammatical aspects involved in the formation of sentences. Prerequisite: ENG 210. 3 credits.

ENG 316

(ENG 410*)

Sociolinguistics: The course gives an overview of the relations between language and society: the various patterns in society, human behavior and linguistic variation. Students will study of the ways in which groups of people use language and make link with related disciplines such as history, politics and gender studies. Prerequisite: ENG 210. 3 credits.

ENG 321

(ENG 411*)

Psycholinguistics: This course examines comprehension and production of a highly complex and almost miraculous process of language. Students will conduct psycholinguistic research aimed at the workings of the human mind: the acquisition, production and comprehension of language and speech.  Prerequisite: ENG 210. 3 credits.

Electives for Linguistics (Any Three)       9 credits

ENG 401

(ENG 401*)

Contrastive Grammar: This course is about a comparison of English and Bengali grammatical systems with emphasis on substantive and descriptive problems arising from the differences in the systems. It is open only to students with proficiency in both English and Bangla.   Prerequisite: ENG 371. 3 credits.

ENG 406

(ENG 320*)

Discourse Analysis: The purpose of this course is to examine English speech from a structural frame of reference in order to explain how conversation works, and to evaluate major theoretical advances in the description of discourse. The course will look into aspects of language usage that are crucial to an understanding of language as a system, and of meaning which is the primary concern of linguistic pragmatics. The students will experiment with primary conversational data to know how both formal and informal conversations, as a system of communication, work. Prerequisite: ENG 336. 3 credits.

ENG 411

(ENG 319*)

Fundamentals of Language Acquisition & Development: This course is about a study of how children develop language skills. It covers all systems of language from basic sounds through competence in oral and written communication. It examines the process of language learning, the normal development of speech and language, and the relationship of language to cognitive and social development. Prerequisite: ENG 376 & ENG 381. 3 credits.

ENG 416

(ENG 202*)

Stylistics: This course involves an In-depth study of the methods and techniques used by the writers in their writings to create particular effects with language, especially with reference to the choice of linguistic form that proceeds from the writers’ attitude to the readers, to the subject matter, or to the purpose of communication. Prerequisite: ENG 371. 3 credits.

ENG 421

(ENG 211*)

Language Acquisition and Development (Foreign/Second): This course is about a study of the process of learning English as a second language. It gives special attention to theories, variables and second language acquisition.  Prerequisite: ENG 210. 3 credits.

ENG 426

(ENG 402*)

Modern English Transformational & Generative Grammar: This course is primarily concerned with the studies in modern English syntax with specific attention given to Chomsky’s X-bar and Transformation Theory.  Prerequisite: ENG 371. 3 credits.

BA ENGLISH MAJOR: Literature Concentration           24

Required Courses (Core) for Literature           15 credits

ENG 331

(ENG 304*


ENG 119*)

Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama:To introduce students to the English Renaissance stage is the basic purpose of this course. It takes a brief look at the local and classical roots of the Elizabethan drama before taking up a survey of the representative dramatists, including such playwrights as Ben Jonson, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Webster, Dekker, Ford, and Fletcher. The survey will optionally extend into the Caroline period and on into the Restoration. The genres of tragedy, comedy and tragi-comedy (romance) will be represented and students will learn about Renaissance stage conditions and audiences. Prerequisite: ENG 220. 3 credits.

ENG 336

(ENG 301*


ENG 306*)

17th Century Poetry and Prose: The course surveys primarily English poetry of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, focusing on the varieties of the Elizabethan, Jacobean, Caroline and Restoration, Metaphysical, Cavalier, Puritan and Libertine poetic styles and themes. Representative poets are Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Herbert, Herrick, Marvel, Milton, Rochester, and Dryden. The genres include the lyric, the sonnet, the pastoral, the epic, and the satire. Prose, romances and tales, criticism and social commentary, will also be examined.

Prerequisite: ENG 230. 3 credits.

ENG 341

(ENG 323*)

The Rise and Growth of the Novel: The course will begin by examining the drama and poetry the Augustan age and how it is embedded in the socio-political discourses of the time. The inception of Journalism and the growth of English prose leading on to the subsequent development of the novel as a major literary form will also be plotted. Representative writers will include Pope, Addison, Swift, and Samuel Johnson. It will then segue into the development of the novel from the literary experiment in the hands of Swift and Defoe to a full-fledged art form in the late eighteenth century. Popular early variations such as the epistolary narrative, the picaresque, and the Gothic in the hands of novelists such as Richardson, Fielding, Smollet, Sterne, and Radcliffe will be surveyed.

Prerequisite:  ENG 220. 3 credits

ENG 346

(ENG 331*


ENG 332*)

19th Century Prose and Fiction: This course will survey 19th century literature in both England and America. A study of Romantic Poetry will emphasize the representative themes and techniques employed by the major Romantics, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. The study of Victorian Poetry will include such major figures as Browning, Tennyson, and Arnold. The course will also bring students in contact with the great range and variety of Romantic and Victorian fiction as exemplified in Jane Austen’s novels of manners, the Gothic and Romantic fiction of Mary Shelley and the Brontes, the industrial novels of Gaskell, the novels of social exposition in Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot, and the colonial fiction of Kipling. The role of the reading public in shaping the themes and forms of fiction will also come into focus, as will the underlying social themes of empire and industrialization. The fin de siècle drama of Shaw and Wilde will also be examined. Only the American side, beginning with the early writers such as Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe, the course will trace the growth and development of American fiction through the Civil War up to the post-bellum decades. Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson will be studied in an attempt to plot the course of the American search for and establishment of a national identity.

Prerequisite: ENG 230. 3 credits

ENG 351

(ENG 405*


ENG 415*)

Modernism and Postmodernism: This course will focus on twentieth-century British literature. The class will foreground the distinctive features of modernism and post modernism illustrated by the relevant texts from poets such as Yeats, Eliot, and Auden, novelists such as Conrad, Woolfe, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster, and Greene, and playwrights such as Shaw, Beckett, and Stoppard. The course will also examine, through literature, such developments as the loss of empire, the growth of mass media, and the increasing emphasis on female, minority, and non-Western authors. Prerequisite: ENG 220. 3 credits

Electives for Literature (Any Three)                                       9 credits

ENG 431

(ENG 219*)

European Classics in Translation: This course introduces some representative European literary works---poetry, drama, and prose—in translation from Homer to the late nineteenth century. The purpose is to examine why and how certain literary works of the past have remained influential and powerful even today, thus achieving the status of ‘classics’. Selected literary figures may include—among others—Homer, Sophocles, Ovid, Virgil, Dante, Cervantes, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Ibsen, and Chekhov. Prerequisite:  ENG 220. 3 credits

ENG 436

(ENG 225*)

South-Asian Literature in English: It serves as an introduction to the original works of the chief South Asian writers writings in English. After a brief look at the works of the nineteenth and early twentieth century writers, the focus shifts to the writers from the post-1950 period. The course may include the novels of Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Bapsi Sidhwa, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rohitan Mistry and Monika Ali. Dom Moraes, Nissim Ezekiel and Zulfiqar Ghose among others may form part of the syllabus for poetry. Prerequisite:  ENG 220. 3 credits

ENG 441

(ENG 415*


ENG 418*)

Contemporary Fiction: After a brief examination of the contemporary status of poetry and drama, the course will focus on the development of the British and American novel since the 1970s. Works of the following authors may be included: DeLillo, Atwood, Lodge, Spark, Walker, Tan, and Sontag. Prerequisite: ENG 220. 3 credits


ENG 446

(ENG 426*,


ENG 428*)

Postcolonialism and 20th Century Criticism: The aim of this course is to train students in recent theoretical concerns and practices and to enable them to critically respond to literary texts in various genres. Students will learn about and practice the major critical approaches and methods of the last seventy years, including deconstruction, postmodernism, new historicism, Marxism, feminism, ecocriticism, gender theory, and, primarily and most relevantly, postcolonialism. Prerequisite: ENG 260. 3 credits


ENG 451

(ENG 208*)

An Introduction to Journalism: A course designed to introduce students to journalistic writing. Prerequisite:  ENG 220. 3 credits 

ENG 456

(ENG 415*


ENG 418*)

Twentieth-Century American Literature: The course will survey the development and expression of the three main literary genres primarily from the 1920s to the 1970s. The survey of fiction will start with the realism and psychological penetration of James, study the multiplicity of approaches of Faulkner, and then consider the modernist as well as the more traditional elements in the fiction of Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. The decades after World War II, marked by innovations of Nabokov, Barth, Pynchon, Ellison, Kerouac, Vonnegut, etc., as well as the hybridism and realism typified by authors such as  Ellison, Mailer, Baldwin, and Updike, will also receive due attention. In poetry, the modernism of Eliot, Pound, and William Carlos Williams will be reviewed, followed by Frost and the postmodernist constructions of Ginsberg, Lowell, Plath and others. The study of drama will include the expressionism of O’Neill and others and the realistic symbolism of mid-century authors such as Miller and Williams and continue on to the works of playwrights such as Albee, Mamet, and Shepard. Major themes will include the increasing presence of minority and women writers, the popularity of genre fiction, the impact of mass media, the rise of the cinema as a dominating narrative form, the impact of commercial and theoretical considerations. Prerequisite: ENG 220. 3 credits

BA ENGLISH MAJOR: TESOL Concentration                 &