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English Language and Culture

The BA in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated as the best in the country. We teach exclusively in English, and all of our students profit from our strong research culture.

The programme concentrates on different aspects of the English language and and on literature written in English: language proficiency, linguistics, and the literature from the Middle Ages down to the present day, from the birthplace of the language in England to the United States and all parts of the Commonwealth. We cover theory, the entire range of genres and modes of writing, besides placing a strong emphasis on the cultural context of literary texts.

In the first year of the BA in English Language and Culture you will read a broad range of literary texts and you will learn about English as a language. You will analyse many important works, study literary theory, and engage with writings in English from the beginning to the present.

In the second year you will be able to choose courses on medieval literary studies, modern literature, and linguistics. For instance, you can study the writings of premodern women, the myth of King Arthur, the modernist novel, Shakespeare and his time, or contemporary American and postcolonial literature.

You can fully dedicate yourself to your main interest by writing a dissertation on your preferred topic in your third year. There is a range of minors that complement an English Language and Culture degree, and many students spend time at a foreign university, for example in the UK or New Zealand.

After the BA degree, many students pursue one of the two MA programmes we offer: English Literature and Culture or Writing, Editing, and Mediating. You can also combine your MA in English with a teacher training course.

The BA in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated as the best in the country. We teach exclusively in English, and all of our students profit from our strong research culture.

The programme concentrates on different aspects of the English language and and on literature written in English: language proficiency, linguistics, and the literature from the Middle Ages down to the present day, from the birthplace of the language in England to the United States and all parts of the Commonwealth. We cover theory, the entire range of genres and modes of writing, besides placing a strong emphasis on the cultural context of literary texts.

In the first year of the BA in English Language and Culture you will read a broad range of literary texts and you will learn about English as a language. You will analyse many important works, study literary theory, and engage with writings in English from the beginning to the present.

In the second year you will be able to choose courses on medieval literary studies, modern literature, and linguistics. For instance, you can study the writings of premodern women, the myth of King Arthur, the modernist novel, Shakespeare and his time, or contemporary American and postcolonial literature.

You can fully dedicate yourself to your main interest by writing a dissertation on your preferred topic in your third year.

There is a range of minors that complement an English Language and Culture degree, and many students spend time at a foreign university, for example in the UK or New Zealand.

After the BA degree, many students pursue one of the two MA programmes we offer: English Literature and Culture or Writing, Editing, and Mediating. You can also combine your MA in English with a teacher training course.

Meer over deze opleiding
  • Testimonial van Vera Knapen

    It is an amazing feeling to combine my studies with literature of any kind

    – Vera Knapen
  • Testimonial van Student Eline Tabak

    Literature is my passion

    I decided to study English here because the degree programme has a very good reputation – I opted for quality. And I also really like the city of Groningen. After a thorough, compulsory grounding in the first year, the degree programme allows you to focus on what you like within the field of English. Literature is my passion. Everything I have learnt here so far has only confirmed and increased my love for it, and my study trip to Stratford also contributed. I would like to go beyond just analysing literature from a cultural-historical perspective. Literature has so much more to offer, and I think that the Master's degree programme in Literary and Cultural Studies in Groningen may do just that. This Master's degree programme offers a lot of freedom so you can focus on what interests you most. You are of course yourself responsible for making the most of your time at university. I am now following the Honours College, but given the choice again I think I would have opted for a second degree programme. Philosophy perhaps, or Arts, Culture and Media.

     

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    – Student Eline Tabak
  • Testimonial van Charlotte Korten

    The Bachelor's programme in English is highly regarded and very varied

    Hi! I’m Charlotte, I’m 21 years old and I’m now in the third year of my Bachelor’s degree programme in English Language and Culture. I’ve been born and raised in Groningen, so I’m a real  stadjer  as well as a student. Alongside my studies, I like to read, cycle and go to the gym.

    Why English Language and Culture?

    I’ve always been interested in the English language and culture. My love for reading, literature and history played a big role in my choice of programme. Apart from that, the Bachelor’s programme in English is highly regarded and very varied. It has something for everyone, whether you prefer literature or linguistics. As there aren’t that many students, you get to know most people in your year. This creates a personal, positive and safe atmosphere.

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    – Charlotte Korten
Feiten & Cijfers
Titel/Graad
BA in English Language and Culture
Croho code
50290
Type opleiding
Bachelor
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
36 maanden (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Vorm
voltijd
Faculteit
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Web Class

Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The English Language and Culture programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students. Get to know English Language and Culture by doing some reading and answering some essay questions or multiple choice questions. The course takes about 10 hours in total.


If you are interested in an English Language and Culture web class, register here.

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