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    General information on specialisation modules and minors

    Part of your 180 credit BA programme in English and American Studies must be completed as a 50 credit module in

     

    either

    one of the minor studies

    (hosted by an institute/department other than SEAS: check the official list here(fourth column, under minor; note that the majority of these minors are given in Hungarian; any queries about the minors (eg. deadlines, number of students admitted, language of the minor, etc.) should be directed to the departments/institutes in question or the Registrar (TO), not SEAS)

     

    or

    a specialisation module given by SEAS. These modules have been devised for those with a keen interest in a special area of expertise connected to their English/American studies. These modules are thus a viable alternative to a minor, chosen especially by those who do not plan to obtain teacher qualifications on MA level.

     

    This is an either/or choice: you can either take a minor outside SEAS or a specialisation module in SEAS. As students majoring in English, you cannot take English as a minor.

     

    Your choice of specialisation is independent of the choice of English vs. American specialisation you have to make in the first semester. Specialisation is optional and depends on the structure of your studies, the choice of English vs. American specialisation is obligatory for all those who have BA in English and American Studies as their major.

     

    Ideally you should begin to collect your credits in the minor of your choice in the first semester. If you decide to specialise in a field of your major instead, it is recommended you start collecting your credits in one of the specialisation modules in the third semester.

     

    Bear in mind the following restrictions:

    • not every specialisation is offered every year
    • a specialisation module is usually taken in the 3rd semester of your studies (the application procedure must be finalised in the 2nd semester)
    • length: usually 4 semesters (journalism: ideally 3 semesters)
    • only one specialisation module can be completed by any one student
    • the modules (with the exception of the pick-and-choose module) must also be registered in neptun (for this you will get 'plus' points in the preregistration period)
    • your 50 credit module is only valid if you have collected all of the 50 credits in such a way that all of the required courses and (any number of) elective courses have been fully completed in the particular module you have chosen (check the Study Unit List (Tanegységlista) of the various modules under the respective labels below)
    • you cannot cross-combine the courses of one module with any other module (if you specialise in English in Business, for example, you cannot ‘patch up’ the incomplete module by picking an available course from English in the Media)
    • similarly, you cannot combine your incomplete minor with a course from a specialisation module
    • a course only counts as valid in a given module if completed with the module specific code (e.g. BBN-ANB for English in Business, BBN-ANE for English in the Media, etc.). In case you think a modular course is run in the given semester but has not been advertised with the module specific code that you need feel free to talk to the coordinator of the module (see below). If you think a specialisation course should be run in a given semester but it is not talk to your coordinator.
    • to start a module contact your coordinator. As place is limited in any one module, you will have to apply for a qualifying interview (or meet any other module specific requirement(s)) to enroll into a module (check for specific requirements under the appropriate headings; look at the drop-down menus on the left). The only module for which no application is required is the pick-and-choose module (the 300-level specialisation module with the BBN-ANG/AME-3xx codes). This module offers a wide selection of subjects from all fields of research at SEAS (literature, theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, cultural studies, etc.). The courses in this module can be chosen in any order and any combination and thus remain the most flexible alternative to a minor and other modular courses. It too offers a chance of collecting the 50 specialisation credits you need, there is no application procedure, any number of students can be served, you do not have to notify anyone about your choice (just start collecting your credits as soon as you can)
    • you can apply for multiple modules but you can start and complete one module only (in case you have applied for multiple modules the coordinators will decide which one you have successfully qualified for; their decision is final)
    • the specialisation modules are reserved for those who have seriously made up their minds about completing a whole module and will be given preferential treatment when they pre-register for their modular courses in neptun
    • if you decide to drop a module and complete a minor instead all of the modular courses will be added to your free electives
    • qualifying interviews are always conducted in a spring semester (May/June), so if you feel the time is right to approach your coordinator for advice or help please do so (there is no qualifying procedure for the pick-and-choose module)
    • the specialisation module/minor will have to be officially taken in neptun as well (you will receive a message about this in due time)
    • the coordinators and the eight modules hosted and staffed by SEAS are:
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