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.
In various colleges it conducts entrance exams plus interview and percentage of 12th class for the admission of students.
B.A. Hons English Syllabus
Syllabus of BA Hons English offered by various universities and colleges in India
B.A. (Hons.) Part I
Subjects of Study
History of English Literature & History of Indian Writing in English
Section-A: 1.History of English Literature: From Anglo-Saxon period to the present (1960’s) 2.Acquaintance with the social background expected.
Section-B: 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
Section-A: 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
Section-B: (i) Rhetoric : Identifying and explaining the figures of speech from a given passage. (ii) Prosody Section-C: Substance and critical appreciation of an unseen poem
B.A. (Hons.) Part II
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
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
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
Editing and Publishing
Public Relations and Journalism
B.A. Hons English Job Types
English Teacher & Tutor
English Speaking Trainer
English Lecturer - Degree College
Data Mgmt. Associate - English
English Translator (from English to other & vice versa)