B.A. (Hons.) (English)

Bachelor of Arts Honours in English

Duration: 3 Years
Level: Graduation
Type: Degree
Eligibility: 10+2 or Equivalent

B.A. Hons English or Bachelor of Arts Honours in English is an undergraduate English language course. English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria. In B.A. Hons. English it is taught about the English language and literature that how it came in modern form along with highlighting of many aspects of English society through Drama, Poetry, Novel and Play, etc. Generally, B.A. is three academic year degree course and it may be provided on part time basis by certain institutes. The syllabus is being provided both on semester and non semester basis. This degree course is immensely valuable in India as the job scopes after the degree are widespread.

B.A. Hons English Eligibility

  • The candidates should complete their 10+2 or its equivalent exam in Arts stream from a recognised school Board in the country.
  • In various colleges there is an entrance exams plus interview and percentage of 12th class for the admission of students.

B.A. Hons English Syllabus

Syllabus of (Hons) English as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

B.A. (Hons.) Part I

Sr. No.

Subjects of Study


History of English Literature & History of Indian Writing in English


1.History of English Literature: From Anglo-Saxon period to the present (1960’s)
2.Acquaintance with the social background expected.

1. Students are expected to be conversant with the entire history of Indian Writing in English. But while answering questions they must choose either of the following units.
(i) Rammohan Roy to Indian Independence
(ii) 1947 to 1970


Poetry : Sidney to Gray


Sidney : Loving in Truth
Spenser : Amoretti : Sonnet No. 75
Shakespeare : Sonnet No.65 (“Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea”) Sonnet No. 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)
Donne : The Sun Rising Vaughan : The Retreat Marvell : To His Coy Mistress Milton : Paradise Lost, Book 1
Pope : The Rape of the Lock (Cantos 1 & 2)
Gray : Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

(i) Rhetoric : Identifying and explaining the figures of speech from a given passage.
(ii) Prosody
Substance and critical appreciation of an unseen poem

B.A. (Hons.) Part II


Modern Drama


J.M. Synge : Riders to the Sea
G.B. Shaw : Arms and the Man
Eugene O’ Neill : Thirst
Vijay Tendulkar : Silence, the Court is in Session


Essays & Stories


Section-A Essays
Bacon : Of Studies ; Of Discourse
Addison : Mischiefs of Party Spirit
Lamb : Dream Children : A Reverie
Shaw : Freedom
Tagore : The Poet’s Religion
Satyajit Ray : A Long Time on the Little Road
Section-B Short Stories

O’ Henry : The Last Leaf Maugham : The Kite
Tagore : Hungry Stone
Jhumpa Lahiri : Interpreter of Maladies

B.A. (Hons.) Part III


Elizabethan Drama


William Shakespeare : Macbeth
William Shakespeare : As You Like It
Christopher Marlowe : Edward II


British Poetry & Indian Poetry in English


Section-A: British Poetry : Romantic to Modern
Section-B: Indian Poetry in English




Thomas Hardy : Far from the Madding Crowd
James Joyce : A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
R. K. Narayan : The Guide


Philology, Phonetics & Modern Grammar


Section-A: History of the English Language
Section-B: The Phonetics of English
Section-C: The Structure of Modern English
Section-D: Essay


B.A. Hons English Colleges

B.A. Hons English Course Suitability

  • Students those who interested in English and its related areas such as Grammar, etc. are most suitable for this course.
  • Those who are willing to go for teaching fields at higher degree level i.e. college and university level both in private and government institutions.
  • Other required skills are work with others when presenting ideas and information, effectively convey arguments and opinions and encourage independent and creative thought, have tolerance of ambiguity and of others’ opinions, work towards a solution using negotiation skills, use judgement when weighing up different options and alternative perspectives.

How is B.A. Hons English Course Beneficial?

  • This degree course enables the students to go for various English related jobs such as    information technology, organizational understanding and commercial undertakings.
  • One can go for higher degree programs (M.A. & M.Phil.) in respective subjects.
  • Graduates can find jobs in public and private sector organizations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organizations employ English graduates in a range of roles, including administration, research, finance and general management.
  • Others job offered are publishing companies, advertising, marketing and public relations agencies and media organizations.

B.A. Hons English Employment Areas

  • Education Department
  • Creative Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Mediation
  • Public Relations and Journalism
  • Museums
  • Home Tuition

B.A. Hons English Job Types

  • English Teacher & Tutor
  • English Speaking Trainer
  • English Lecturer - Degree College
  • English  Stenographer
  • English Tele-caller
  • Data Mgmt. Associate - English
  • English Translator (from English to other & vice versa)
  • English Language Specialist
  • English Content Writer

Advance Courses in B.A. Hons English

English Courses
English Degree Courses
B.A. (Communicative English)
B.A. (English Literature and Theatre Studies)
B.A. (English Literature)
B.A. (English with Journalism)
B.A. (English)
B.A. (Functional English)
B.A. + M.A. (English Language)
B.Com. (Communicative English)
B.Com. (Functional English)
M.A. (Communicative English)
M.A. (English and Communicative Studies)
M.A. (English Literature and American Studies)
M.A. (English Literature)
M.A. (English)
M.Phil. (English and Communicative Studies)
M.Phil. (English Literature)
M.Phil. (English)
Ph.D. (English Literature)
Ph.D. (English)
Ph.D. (Humanities (English) and Management)
English Diploma Courses
Advance Diploma in Communicative English
Advanced Diploma in English Communication and Presentation Skills
Advanced Diploma in Functional English
Diploma Course in Communication Skills in English
Diploma in Creative Writing in English
Diploma in English
Diploma in Functional English
Diploma in Translation Proficiency (English)
Post Graduate Diploma in English
Post Graduate Diploma in Business English
Post Graduate Diploma in Communicative English
Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing in English
Post Graduate Diploma in Spoken English (PGDSE)
Post Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English (PGDTE)
English Certificate Courses
Certificate Course in English and Communication Skills
Certificate Course in English Communication
Certificate Course in English Improvement
Certificate Course in Functional English
Certificate Course in Indian Literature & in English Translation
Certificate in English & Communication Skills
Certificate in English Speaking & Personality Development
Certificate in Translation Proficiency (English)
Certified Course in Teaching of English
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