BA in English

The building blocks of literature: language, form and text. 


Literature in the English language is a whole world, full of craft and aesthetic and forms that tell us stories. These stories speak of the worlds in which we live: different places and experiences, and many perspectives. In this programme, we take you through an exploration of literature in the English language — written in English, translated into English, from different times, in different forms and via different media. Through this exploration of the written word and oral expression we hope you learn to love literature as a way of reflecting on our lives. 

In our Indian context, English is a language that not everybody has easy access to, even while it is a very important currency for different avenues of work. To ensure that English is not just for those who have the privilege to use it with ease, English language training is a very integral part of our courses. We train you in reading and writing in the English language so that you can explore and appreciate both literary and non-literary texts, whether theoretical, creative or journalistic. We make sure that we explore culturally diverse forms, including digital media technologies. 


Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.


You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.


We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.


We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

Course structure

Our programme is centred on you. We hope you will bring your experiences, languages and cultures into the classroom. 

Our classes will include discussions, close reading and analysis, group and pair work, presentation and peer review. We will do field trips, reflection and writing, and we encourage you to create your own reading lists and writing portfolios. 

BA in English (84 credits)

This is elementary for the undergraduate degree with a Major in English. 

BA in English with Honours (96 credits)

We offer you the opportunity to take up additional courses and a to work closely with a member of the faculty to choose a topic and write a thesis.

We believe that it is important that you understand the broader contexts of each discipline and the porous borders between them. We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live.

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for this set of courses and build the tools you will need for your years of study. We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.

  • Foundations

    These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.

    The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.

  • Creative Expressions

    We relate to the world not only through the intellect but also with our bodies and creative abilities.

    In this set of courses and workshops, you will explore aesthetic, physical and expressive traditions. You can choose workshops in art, music, theatre, dance and sports or fitness. You will develop a guided self-study and choose to learn a sport, art or craft. You could make a performance, produce a piece of work or build a portfolio.

    We offer you a chance to play cricket, basketball, table tennis, or even practice Yoga, Tai Chi or the martial arts. You can choose music, painting, sculpture, dance or photography.

  • Understanding India

    In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.

    You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    You can choose one interdisciplinary area of study of four courses and a field internship of two weeks.

    These courses are about current Indian and global scenarios, whether social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.

In the core courses, we help you build all the tools you need for an appreciation of literature. We explore rigorous writing, language training and an exploration of theory, cultural studies and translation. We include quantitative reasoning into our course work. 

Choose courses from writing, literary studies, cultural studies, translation, and media and communication.

  • Cultural Studies

    Actions, thoughts and expressions related to different aspects of our lives - nation, gender, religion, family - are involved in continuing contestations. How do we understand all these aspects of 'culture'? These courses will take you through different kinds of texts and teach you how to read them from different disciplinary locations.
  • Translations

    How do ideas, objects and people travel across different kinds of borders? How do concepts travel between different disciplines? How do words turn into action? How do people from dissimilar contexts speak to and understand each other? Do we dream and think in our mother tongues? In all of these questions lies embedded the idea of translation.

    Translation is not often recognised as a domain of experience, academic learning and social value. We offer two courses focused on the practice of translation, with translation theory and practice.

  • Writing

    These courses help you use your readings, discussions and practical work to write and develop your own literary sensibilities. The courses will also focus on the craft of writing, reviewing, rewriting and editing. We hope these courses are helpful for careers in academics, journalism, and publishing.

We offer you the opportunity to take up an additional research project around a topic and work closely with a member of the faculty to write a thesis. You will need to complete 12 additional credits.

Total 96 credits