Department of English & Modern Languages

About Us

The Department of English & Modern Languages offers graduate and undergraduate programs in English which give students an opportunity to know and appreciate the science of language as well as the literary works of English and to develop literary and linguistic aptitudes of their own.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Master of Arts (MA) programs in English are divided into three lines of specialization: TESOL, linguistics, and literature. The degrees are recommended for students interested in a strong background in the humanities with a concentration on language and literature. The degrees also enable the graduate to pursue careers in the academic as well as the non-academic world.

The freshmen and the sophomores get an opportunity to do interdisciplinary courses to enable themselves to get a wide range of general education. By the third year, they have an option to major in one or two of the above mentioned three streams i.e. Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL), and Literature. Thus, they not only get a variety of options to choose from, but also equip themselves with essential skills in specialized areas. Currently, almost 85% of the undergraduate students are majoring in linguistics in DEML, while nearly 95% of the graduate students opted for TESOL.

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

The department also offers a number of foreign language courses for the students of the university as well as for people from outside NSU. Since Spring 2013, the department has offered language development and proficiency programs in the form of intensive courses in seven widely used international languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Bangla). 

In addition to the foreign language courses, the department also organizes a variety of activities such as the Spectrum Seminars (seminar series), Discourse I and II (lecture series), and language workshops to raise language awareness and generate research interest in language and related issues among the students as well as the faculty members of NSU.

Dr. AQMA Rahman Bhuiyan
Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D., & M.Phil. in English Literature
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Admission Requirements

For BA in English program

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in both S.S.C. and H.S.C.
  • Minimum average grade point of 2.5 in five subjects in O-level and 2.0 in two subjects in A-level.

Note: Admission test is waived for candidates with minimum score of 1200 in SAT (Math + Critical Reading) and TOEFL score of 213 in CBT or 79 in IBT or 5.5 in IELTS.

For MA in English program

  • Four years’ B.A. in English with a CGPA of at least 2.75
  • At least a second class in a three years’ BA in English
  • MA/MS in subjects of liberal arts & social sciences.

Staff members

Mahboob Rasheed

Designation: Officer


Ms. Tanjia Azmeen

Designation: Department Secretary



Grading Policy

Letter grades indicating the quality of course work completed is interpreted as follows

Numerical Scores

Letter Grade

Grade Points Per Credit

 90 and above

 A Excellent


 88 – 89



 86 – 87



 80 – 85

 B Good


 78 – 79



 76 – 77



 70 – 75

 C Average


 68 – 69



 66 – 67



 60 – 65

 D Poor


 Below 60

 F* Failure



 I** Incomplete



 W** Withdrawal



 R** Retaken


*   Credits for courses with this grade do not apply towards graduation.

** Credits for courses with this grade do not apply towards graduation and they are not accepted in the calculation of the grade point average.

The exact cut off points for assigning letter grades is at the, discretion of individual instructor. The same applies to the assignment of + or - after a letter grade. It is meant to give more flexibility so that shades of performance can be distinguished and rewarded. The + and - has a value of 0.3 grade point. In the Grade sheet please write + or – in letters as well. Ex. B+(plus) or C(plain) etc.

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program



Conference & Seminars


The Department of English organized a Book Launch   Ceremony of Hamayun Ahmed’s  “To the Woods Dark  and Deep” translated by Fariha Sultana, former student of English Department and published jointly by Anyaprokash in collaboration with NSU on Sunday July 1, 2007 at 4:00PM in STR300.


                                      NAZRUL LECTURES

Professor Abdul Mannan Syed, Scholar in Residence at NSU gave his first Nazrul Lecture on “Nazrul Islam: 1922

Date: September 21st, 2006,Thursday   
Time : 4:00 pm
Venue : Star Tower 1102, North South University



Seminar on “Translating Shakespeare”

The Department of English organized a Seminar on “Translating Shakespeare” on Saturday March 6, 2004 at 10:00AM in the Self-Access Center.

Dr Selim Sarwar, Associate Professor and Mr Abdus Selim, Assistant Professor of Department of English, North South University, presented papers.




The English Department organized the First colloquium series by Mr Murtaja Baseer on His Recent Paintings held on July 19, 2007 (Thursday) at 11:00 AM in Self Access Centre                   



Our second event in the department colloquium series will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, English Department). M. Harunur Rashid, Professor of English, North South University and Chairman, Bangla Academy, will speak on the art of translation as well as his own works of translation, while an open discussion will follow his talk. Our country’s leading translators, creative writers, scholars, and academics, among others, will attend the colloquium.                   



Our third event—poetry reading—in the department colloquium series was held on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, English Department).  The event featured Sabahat Jahan, Melissa Hussain, Azfar Hussain, and others. Distinguished Poet Muhammad Nurul Huda came as the guest of honor.           



Our fourth event in the department colloquium series was held on Thursday, February, 28, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, English Department).  Feroza Begum, the country’s legendary Nazrul-geeti singer and musician, spoke on her experiences of Nazrul’s music as well as her own encounters with him, while an open discussion was followed after her talk.    



Our fifth event in the department colloquium series was be held on Thursday, March, 27, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, English Department).  Prof. Aminul Islam, Professor of Philosophy, Dhaka University, spoke on Philosophy in Bangladesh, while an open discussion was followed after his talk. 



Literature, Culture and Political Economy, Prof. Anu Mohammad on  July 1, 2008 at seminar room                




Moved by Music: A Talk on Traveling with Songs by Moushimi Bhowmik on March 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm




Performing Shakespeare by Mr. Aly Zakir





“The Place of culture in English Language teaching” the keynote speaker was Ms Ayesha Kamal,  English Language Lecturer, Kuwait University. Held on June 26, 2011 at NAC 620.


Tuition & Fees