Department of English Studies

Department of English Studies

 

The Department of English Studies, the first among the departments to be instituted at the Central University of Tamil Nadu in 2009, started its journey with the introduction of the M.A. English programme. From a modest beginning with just 2 teachers and 8 students, the Department has evolved significantly over the following decade and now offers post-graduate (M.A.) as well as full-time research programmes (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) in English. The Department extends academic support to other departments by offering general language courses to students enrolled for Integrated M.Sc. /MA and B.Ed. programmes in various subjects. Besides, the Department offers a certificate course in French language.

The Department of English Studies sets out to fashion a platform for radical and revolutionary thinking which would ultimately ring in a more liberated and holistic world where all its stakeholders derive their optimal happiness.

This will come to pass through a critical understanding of the texts, authors, themes, and genres that constitute the constantly evolving idea of the “literary” within the specific domain of English Studies as well as the broader arena of the Humanities. By fostering an awareness of the increasingly inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural nature of academic scholarship, in terms of both subject and method, the Department aims to promote and hone in the students a spirit of debate and inquiry necessary for understanding the strengths and the challenges of “doing” English Studies in our times.

 

Vision

To be an interdisciplinary center of constant interactions with various critical thoughts and creative writings from various domains across the globe in making stakeholders intellectually empowered to empathize with underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society, and strive for creating inclusive and egalitarian society.

Mission
  • Building a creative and critical learning atmosphere in the interdisciplinary domain of English Studies to make graduates vibrant and competent
  • Aiming to be a place for quality higher education in a remotely placed rural setting through updated curriculum and innovative pedagogy for effective interactions with the epistemology of English Studies
  • Striving to be a center for imparting communicative language skills by enhancing the language
    proficiency and soft skills competence of learners for better employability
  • Promoting innovative and quality research in the inter and trans-disciplinary field of English
    Studies to contribute to the existing knowledge and produce socially relevant projects and dissertations by following ethical standards of research
Programmes Offered
M.A. English

The M.A. English programme is designed to give students a necessary grounding in the traditionally recognized canon of English literature as well as to introduce them to newer, allied domains of study that now fall within the ambit of English Studies. Under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), mandated by the UGC and followed by CUTN, the M.A. English programme offers a combination of core and elective courses over four semesters. While students earn a majority of their credits from the compulsory (core) courses, they are also given the freedom to choose from a variety of electives to earn their remaining credits in each semester. The core courses include subjects like British literature from the 14th to the 20th century, American literature, Indian Writing in English, New Literatures, Literary Criticism and Theory, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Dalit Literature and English Language Teaching. The elective courses deal with an array of subjects that cater to more specific areas of academic interest and thereby help students explore the many possible directions that they can pursue within the broad discipline of English Studies. Among the many courses that the students can choose from are English Linguistics, Sanskrit Poetics, Academic Reading and Writing, Translation Studies, Language and Media, Philosophical Concepts, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Subaltern Studies, Dravidian Literatures, European Classics, Gender Studies and Science Fiction. A unique feature of the M.A. English programme is that students are offered the choice to undertake a brief project in the final semester, in which they select to work intensively on a topic of their own interest and acquire the basic skills of conducting academic research.

Eligibility Criteria:

Bachelor’s degree with at least 55% marks for General Category, 50% marks for EWS/OBC (Non-creamy Layer), 45% marks for SC/ST/PWD candidates with English as major or one of the major subjects.

Duration of the programme: Two Years
Mode of Selection: CUET Score
Sanctioned Strength: 26
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Ph.D. English

The Department of English Studies offers a full-time Ph.D. programme for a minimum duration of three years. As a mandatory requirement, each doctoral scholar is required to undergo two semesters of course work in the first year of the programme. The courses, offered as per the rules of CBCS, are tailor-made to suit the particular requirements of the scholar’s doctoral work. This includes core courses on the broad field and the specific area of research designed by the supervisor concerned, as well as elective courses on subjects like academic writing, contemporary literary theory, literature and media, aesthetics and Sanskrit poetics. Each Ph.D. scholar must compulsorily pass these courses in order to be eligible to proceed with his/her doctoral research and submit his/her thesis upon the completion of the programme.

Eligibility Criteria:

A consistently good academic record and possessing a Degree in English obtained from a recognized University/Institute or Foreign University equivalent (approved by AIU).

Curriculum:
Dr. B. J. Geetha

Dr. B. J. Geetha

Associate Professor & Head

Prof. A. Selvam

Prof. A. Selvam

Professor

Contact

Email: aselvam@cutn.ac.in

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Dr. Indra J. E.

Dr. Indra J. E.

Assistant Professor

Contact

Email: indraje@cutn.ac.in

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Dr. Boopathi P

Dr. Boopathi P

Assistant Professor

Dr. Punnya Rajendran

Dr. Punnya Rajendran

Assistant Professor

Dr. Suganya V

Dr. Suganya V

Assistant Professor

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Head of the Department
Department of English Studies
Central University of Tamil Nadu
Thiruvarur – 610 005
Phone : +91-4366-277230
Email : hodenglish@cutn.ac.in

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