This is intended to help you if you find it difficult to decide which specialisation to choose. Note that any number of students can be admitted into the English specialisation, whereas those opting for the American specialisation may have to pass a qualifying interview (details are made available in January). What is the reason for this? The Department of American Studies (DAS) can only cater for a limited number of courses (and students) given that their staff is not as numerous as that of the four English departments (English Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, English Studies and Language Pedagogy).

    In addition to all of the courses that are obligatory for both specialisations, there are 39 credit worth of differential specialisation-specific courses, as detailed below (13 courses for both specialisations, each worth 3 credits)

    Courses specific to the English specialisation

    • Skills development
    • Content-based language development
    • Advanced academic skills
    • Medieval and Renaissance English literature
      (an additional seminar/practical course to complement the obligatory lecture course)
    • English literature from the Restoration until 1890
      (an additional seminar/practical course to complement the obligatory lecture course)
    • English literature from 1890 until the 1960s
      (an additional seminar/practical course to complement the obligatory lecture course)
    • Reading literary texts 1
    • Reading literary texts 2
    • Cultural studies
    • Advanced phonology
    • Advanced syntax
    • Applied linguistics (lecture)
    • Applied linguistics (seminar/practical course)

    Courses specific to the American specialisation

    • American culture 1 (AME-226)
    • American culture 2 (AME-228)
    • American language development 1 (AME-202)
    • American language development 2 (AME-204)
    • American language development 3 (AME-206)
    • Scholarly writing (AME-208)
    • American English (AME-232)
    • American literature 3 (AME-214)
    • American literature 4 (AME-216)
    • History of the United States 2 (AME-222)
    • History of the United States 3 (AME-224)
    • American Popular Culture (AME-236); for those admitted in 2014 or earlier: Cognitive linguistics (AME-234)
    • Canadian course (AME-272)
    Was this page helpful?
    Tag page (Edit tags)
    • No tags
    You must login to post a comment.