As undergraduate students move through our first-, second- and third-year modules, they are exposed to a wide range of topics in language and literature studies. Our language modules include courses in grammar, syntax, applied language studies, the history of the English language and specialised courses in editing and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Our literature modules are designed to emphasise the status of English as a world literature and to give students a sense of the rich variety of literatures written in English. Our courses include topics in medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th and 19th century literature, modernism, 20th century and contemporary literature, African and South African literature.
Our Honours courses offer a more intensive study of some of these areas, as well as additional topics such as children's literature, Romance, postmodernism and creative writing. Mini-dissertations on other areas of interest to students can be pursued, provided that we have a suitable supervisor. We offer MA and PhD degrees by dissertation or thesis.
We take pride in the many specialised areas of research in which our members of staff and postgraduate students are engaged. These include African and South African literature, literature of the Renaissance and the eighteenth century, modernism and early twentieth-century literature, editing, TESOL, creative writing, children's literature, science fiction, Irish literature and colonial literature.
Our short courses serve the community with both academic literature and editing courses.