Department of English

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Department of English

Introduction to the Program

At  BGCTUB, the BA (Honors) and MA programs offer a unique blend of literature in English and applied linguistics. They represent, on the one hand, a broad sampling of British, American, and world literature written in English; on the other, developments in linguistics and language teaching that provide the opportunity to learn the use and evaluation of current classroom techniques for the teaching of English. Extensive reading and writing, along with discussion and presentation skills are required in virtually all the courses offered by the department. The focus on critical reading and analytic reasoning and lucid writing is central to the mission of the department.

The department may be proud of a pool of experienced and learned faculty members with orientation to innovative teaching, research and  sincere counselling. The department runs a Debating Club, Drama and Cultural Club and Press and Creative Writing Club. These clubs organize a full-range of co-academic and social events throughout the year.


The program is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and ethical values by nurturing a community of students, scholars, teachers, and creative writers. 


  • To foster students' reading skills through extensive study of literary texts.
  • To develop students' logical, creative, and critical thinking skills through application of methods of analysis to the interpretation of literary texts.
  • To enhance students' writing skills through instruction and practice in analytical, practical, and creative approaches to writing.
  • To increase students' knowledge of the structure and history of the English language.
  • To increase students' awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of language and of literary genres and forms.
  • To enhance students' exploration of individual, gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity through study of literature and language


Graduate Profiles:

The major strength of all English graduates is the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Studying an English degree also develops skills in:

independent working

time management and organization

planning and researching written work

articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories

leading and participating in discussions

negotiation and team working to present ideas and information

effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively

using your judgment to weigh up alternative perspectives

critical reasoning and analysis

using IT.

Understand and empathize with other cultures and people through exploring their literary traditions

Knowledge of linguistic, literary, cultural contexts in which literature is written and read

Written and oral communication skills - ability to define audience, construct an argument, present an idea, and provide background information on a variety of issues

Write and speak with clarity and precision, and learn the best methods to persuade an audience

Detailed, balanced and rigorous examination of texts or spoken language and the ability to articulate interpretations to others

Sensitivity to how communication is shaped by circumstances, authorship and intended audience

Sensitivity to the power of language and its role in creating meaning

A broad vocabulary and ability to use critical terminology appropriately

Skills in a variety of research methods and the ability to accurately and appropriately present research

Awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning



1.Duration of the BA Honours in English programme:

The programme of study for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors shall extend over a period of 4(four) academic years comprising 8(eight) semesters and shall be completed by a student in not more than 6(six) academic years.

2.Course identification system:

a. Each course shall be designated by three / four letters for the subject/discipline as decided by the concerned department. This will be followed by a three digit number for the course of which the first digit will correspond to the semester. Thus ENG 405 will be for the fifth English course of the 4th semester.

b. Each course shall comprise 100 marks which is equivalent to 3 credits. Each course is so designed as to be completed in minimum 42-45 class hours.

All courses will be prepared by the relevant Committee of Courses and Studies of the Department. In case of preparing related courses, teachers of relevant subjects should be consulted.

3. In order to be eligible for appearing at the final semester examinations candidates are required to attend not less than 60% of the Lectures. The Academic Committee of the Department may recommend marginal cases of shortage of attendance (below 60%) on special ground and on production of documentary evidences.

4.The course teacher shall submit the class attendance report to the Chairman of the Department before processing the examination entry.

5.Medium of Examination: The medium of examinations will be English.



6.Course summary:



No. of  Course

Credit Hour


1st    semester




2nd   semester




3rd    semester




4th    semester




5th    semester




6th    semester




7th    semester




8th    semester




Viva Voce




Book Review, Study Tour




   Total = 126

Evaluation Procedure:

Class attendance/Class test/Assignment

  20    Marks

Midterm  Examination

  30    Marks

Final  Examination

  50    Marks


 100 marks


First Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 101

Fundamentals of English - I

ENG 102

Fundamentals of English - II

ENG 103


ENG 104

Bangladesh Studies

ENG 105

Computer Fundamentals


First Year Second Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 201

Principles of Linguistics

ENG 202

Composition I

ENG 203

Introduction to English Poetry  

ENG 204

Introduction to English Drama  

ENG 205

English History I (Anglo-Saxon Conquest  to Elizabethan Age )


Second Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 301

Composition II

ENG 302

Essentials of Western Philosophy I

ENG 303

Business Communication 

ENG 304

Classics in Translation 

ENG 305

English History II (From the Stunt Era to World war II)


Second Year Second Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 401

Romantic Literature I 

ENG 402

Essentials of Western Philosophy II   

ENG 403

Elizabethan and 17th Centaury Prose & Poetry 

ENG 404

Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama except Shakespeare

ENG 405

Bangla Literature


Third Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 501

Metaphysical Poetry

ENG 502

Romantic Literature II

ENG 503


ENG 504


ENG 505

18th Century English Fiction


Third Year Second Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 601

English Literature : Neoclassical Age

ENG 602

Restoration & Late 18th Century Literature

ENG 603

Victorian Poetry

ENG 604

Nineteenth – Century English Novel   

ENG 605

American Literature I


Fourth Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 701

Old and Middle English Literature

ENG 702

Phonetics & Phonology

ENG 703

Literary  Criticism

ENG 704

Modern English Literature

ENG 705

Translation Studies


Fourth Year Second Semester

Course Code

Course Name

ENG 801


ENG 802

Postcolonial Writing in English

ENG 803

Literary Theory

ENG 804

English Language Teaching 

ENG 805

Language Through Literature


7. Duration of examination:

Examination will be held on semester basis on dates to be scheduled by the Departmental academic Committee. Time allotted for examination will be as follows: for theoretical courses, 1.30 hours for 30 marks, 2.30 hours for 50 marks and 4 hours for 75-100 marks.

8. Grading System:                                       

Numeric Grade

Letter Grade

Grade Point

80% above                  



75% Less than 80%                 



70% Less than 75%                 



65% Less than 70%                 



60% Less than 65%                 



55% Less than 60%                 



50% Less than 55%                 



45% Less than 50%                 



40% Less than 45%                 



Below 40%                 



9.Promotion Criteria: A student is required to fulfill the following conditions for promotion to the next higher class: S/he must earn at least 40% of the total marks at his/her respective final semester, failing which he/she will be declared to have failed in the respective examination.

a. To get promotion from 1st semester to 2nd semester a student should pass at least three credit courses and should not fail in more than two courses. At this stage s/he shall be allowed to take part in the remaining courses of 1st semester in subsequent semester final examinations.

b. In all other semesters for promotion to the next semester, a student should not fail in more than 2 courses and s/he should appear in subsequent semester final examination of those failed courses and must  pass the courses.

c. If s/he fails to pass in the remaining courses of the 1st semester class in the subsequent semester final exam, he/she shall not be promoted to the 3rd semester class. In that case he/she should be treated as a student of the 2nd semester class and he/she must have to pass in remaining courses of 1st semester within the next immediate 1st semester exam, failing which he/she shall be dropped out of the programme.

d.If a student fails to appear at the Viva-Voce examination, the examination committee may recommend him for appearing at the Viva-Voce examination on special grounds and on production of documentary evidences subject to the approval of the Chairman. Under the benefit of this provision he/she shall have to bear all expenses to conduct the Viva-Voce examination as fixed by the University authorities.

e. The Controller of Examinations shall publish the Cumulative results of the programme and shall provide the transcript/Grade certificate showing course-wise grades and the cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of the candidates for the degree of B.A.(English) Honours.

10.Failed Students:

If a student fails to pass in more than two courses of the 1st ,2nd ,and 3rd ,4th , 5th ,6th ,7th semesters BA(Hons) English examination he/she will not be promoted to the next higher class and he/she will be treated as a failed student. The failed student must pass the remaining courses with the next batch that immediately follows as an irregular candidate. If he/she fails to pass the remaining courses he/she shall be declared disqualified from the continuation of the course i.e. he/she shall be dropped out of the programme.

11.Degree Requirements:

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

a. A student of the programme will be required to earn 126 credit hours:

b. For the degree of BA(Hons) no grades from any source other than that of the prescribed credit hours will be considered.

c. The candidate carrying F Grade in any course shall not be awarded the degree of BA(Hons).

d. For passing an individual course maintaining a minimum grade point (GPA) of 2.00 is required.

e. A student must pass all the courses of 1st,2nd ,3rd ,4th ,5th ,6th ,7th and 8th semester final examinations maintaining a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00.

12.Improvement of Grades:

a.A student can improve the grade by appearing at the examination of the immediate next batch; students earning less than A+ in any course in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh semester may also choose to improve the grade by appearing at the Mid-Term & Semester Final Examination in the same course with the next batch. If such a student fails to improve his/her grade(s), his/her previous grade in the same course will remain valid.

b.A student shall be allowed to improve the grade of a course only once in a semester.

c.No improvement shall be allowed in the in-course tests/home assignment grades or the grades earned in Practical, Viva-Voce, Sessional, Tutorial and Field works as well as in the course(s) in which the student did not attend classes or appear in examination.

d. For improvement of grade in a course the student shall apply to the Departmental Chairman at least 4 weeks before the start of the semester final examination.

e. Improvement shall not be allowed after the distribution of the certificate.

f. The Program Officer of the Department shall have to prepare list(s) of candidates for the improvement categories and send one copy of each to the office of the Controller of Examinations, Academic section and Treasurer within 15 days of publication of results.


a. In case a student fails to pass the 1st,2nd ,3rd ,4th ,5th ,6th ,7th and 8th semester BA Honours examinations due to shortage of required percentage of attendance or fails to deposit the examination fees due to some unavoidable circumstances or is expelled from the University for any reason as the case may be, he/she shall have to get himself readmitted to the subsequent 1st,2nd ,3rd ,4th ,5th ,6th ,7th and 8th semester BA Honours classes respectively only within 30 days from the date of publication of 1st,2nd ,3rd ,4th ,5th ,6th ,7th and 8th semester final results. The syllabus in force for the examination concerned will be applicable for such students.

b. Readmission in a semester may be allowed only twice and not more than three semesters  in classes during the entire programme. For example, when a student has been given three chances of readmission to the 7th semester, he/she will not be given another chance of readmission in the 8th semester.

14 .Adoption of Unfair Means:

a. If a student adopts unfair means in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and  8th semester BA(Hons) examination, he /she shall be penalized with the cancellation of the result of his /her respective semester. But his /her results of the previous semester (s) shall remain valid. Besides this, disciplinary action shall be taken by the Examination Disciplinary Committee against the candidate found guilty of offences as per rules of the University.

b. In case a student of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semester is expelled from the university for any reason as the case may be, he/she shall have to get himself/herself readmitted to the subsequent 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and  8th semester BA Honours class respectively for one time only. The syllabus in effect of the examination concerned will be applicable for such a student.

c. If any student adopts unfair means in any examination, the teacher, invigilator shall report his nature of unfair means to the Chief-invigilator / Chairman of the examination committee for onward transmission to Disciplinary Committee of the University for action as per rules.

15 .Academic Calendar: The Academic calendar showing dates for starting and finishing classes, commencement of examinations and publication of the results shall be announced by the Academic Committee of the respective Department before commencement of each semester. Unless any special and unavoidable circumstances happen, the Academic calendar shall not be changed.


Campus Address

Address: "BGC Biddyanagar" Chandanaish Chattogram, Bangladesh



Phone: 03033-56193

Phone: 01755588627,01755588619

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