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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 Cultureyou 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

    Whilst also really liking the city of Groningen, I primarily chose to study English at RUG due to the program's great reputation.

    Following the first year, the program enables you to choose what field you want to specialize in. For me, this was literature. My decision has been confirmed by my subsequent experiences and particularly my study trip to Stratford. However, I also like going beyond the cultural-historical interpretation of literature as literature does offer so much more. For me, the Master’s degree program in Literary and Cultural Studies does exactly that as the course provides me with a lot of liberty to choose exactly what I would like to do and hence pursue my interest. The experience at university really is determined by how you want it to be. I am currently doing the Honours College program. If I had the choice again, I would choose a second degree, perhaps Philosophy 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, 21 years-old, and I am currently doing my third year in the BA program of English Language and Culture. I was born and raised in Groningen, making me a true stadjer as well as a student. When I don’t study, I enjoy reading, cycling, and going to the gym. English language and culture has always intrigued me. Additionally, my interest for reading, literature, and history played an immense role in me choosing English Language and Culture as my study. The program has a great reputation and is very diverse, making the degree incredibly interesting. The course really offers interesting aspects for everyone, no matter whether you prefer literature or linguistics. Since it is a fairly small study, you get to know most of your classmates very quickly, which makes the atmosphere very positive, homely, and safe.

    Sluiten
    – Charlotte Korten
  • Testimonial van Robin van Gammeren

    – Robin van Gammeren
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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