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English Language and Culture

Programma-opties

  • Premodern Literature and Culture (track)
  • Modern Literature and Culture (track)
  • English Linguistics (track)
  • Minors (minor)

    The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, an At work in the Netherlands Minor, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.

  • University of Groningen Honours College (honoursprogramma)

    The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

    The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 EC credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Persuasive Expression (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Sentence Structure (5 EC)
Making Meaning: Introduction to English Literatures 1 (5 EC)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Composition (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Sound Structure (5 EC)
Literature & Society: Introduction to English Literatures 2 (5 EC)
English Literatures: The Beginnings until 1550 (5 EC)
English Literatures from 1550: Periods and Contexts (5 EC)
EAP: Argumentation (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Sociolinguistics (5 EC)
Chaucer: Works and Background (5 EC)
Literary Theory for English Studies (5 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
EAP: Popular Contexts (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Meaning and Use (5 EC)
Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature (5 EC)
EAP: Debate and Discussion (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Language Change (5 EC)
Reading Middle English (5 EC)
EAP: Research reports (5 EC)
Group A: English Linguistics: Phonology Laboratory. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Morphology (5 EC, facultatief)
Group A: English Linguistics: Research Tools (5 EC, facultatief)
Group A: King Arthur, Romance and Empire (5 EC, facultatief)
Group A: Modern Literature option (5 EC, facultatief)
Group A: Revolutionaries and Romantics in English Literature. Or, in alternate years: Sensation & Victorian Culture (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: Broken Images: Anglo-American Modernism. Or, in alternate years: Sick Jokes: Postmodernity & English Literature (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: English Employed (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: English Linguistics: Lexicon. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Syntax (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: Medieval Literature option (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: Saints and Sinners in Medieval England (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: Shakespeare at Stratford (5 EC, facultatief)
Group B: World Literatures in English (5 EC, facultatief)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Minor (30 EC, facultatief)
Group C: English Linguistics: Language Variation (5 EC, facultatief)
Group C: Language and Culture of Anglo-Saxon England (5 EC, facultatief)
Group C: The Century of the Self: English Literature & Identity (1900-) (5 EC, facultatief)
BA Dissertation (Linguistics, Medieval Literature or Modern Literature) (10 EC)
Group D: English Linguistics: Language in Interaction (5 EC, facultatief)
Group D: Modern Popular Literature (5 EC, facultatief)
Group D: Special Topic Medieval Literature and Culture (5 EC, facultatief)

Group A: In block 2a 10 ECTS choice of 2 out of courses Group A Group B: In block 2b 15 ECTS choice from courses Group B Group C: In block 2a choice of at least one module out of Group C Group D: In block 2b choice of at least one module out of Group D

In years 2 and 3 students choose modules from a number of options. In year 2: Group A: In block 2a 10 ECTS choice of 2 out of courses Group A; Group B: In block 2b 15 ECTS choice from courses Group B. In year 3: Group C: In block 2a choice of at least one module out of Group C; Group D: In block 2b choice of at least one module out of Group D

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Voor gemiddeld 16 weken
  • Maximaal 30 EC

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Waarom in Groningen?

At the University of Groningen we offer an integrated approach to the English language, literature and culture. In addition, we concentrate on training academic skills.

At the University of Groningen we offer an integrated approach to the English language, literature and culture. In addition, we concentrate on training academic skills.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme, Minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program, Minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

  • Testimonial van

    Amazing to combine my studies with literature

    I decided to study English when I realized I could turn my love for literature into a full-time degree. After finishing a Master's degree, I hope to be able to work for a publishing house or as an editor for a magazine. It is an amazing feeling to combine my studies with literature of any kind – the great classics, poetry and medieval literature..

    On average, I have only 14 compulsory hours of class per week, so there is loads of time for independent study. Because of this, the programme is easily manageable for me alongside my student association membership and a healthy social life. I am also able to write fiction for a weblog run by fellow students, which is great!´

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  • 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.

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    – Charlotte Korten
  • Testimonial van Jelle Brouwer

    Language, as well as literature

    I have had an interest in the English language for years, and the Groningen programme is rated as the best in the country. I enjoy how the courses all seem to intertwine (e.g. subjects from sociolinguistics used in proficiency classes, for instance). The teachers are not there anymore to hold your hand and guide you through the entire process, though they are always willing to help if you are struggling. You go through a number of books every 8 weeks or so, instead of studying from the same books for an entire year. Once you get used to this speed, you will not experience that much stress. I find Groningen to be one of the nicest cities of the Netherlands.

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    – Jelle Brouwer
  • Testimonial van Amanda Moss

    Meeting the most fascinating people

    Ever since I was in secondary school, I knew I wanted to work in a field involving reading and discussing literary works. This passion led me to enroll in the English Language and Culture programme here at the University of Groningen.

    This degree programme entails so much more than simply reading a lot of big books. The courses delve into creative and professional writing, the origins of the English language and its linguistic patterns, the numerous literary periods, key works and authors, as well as honing one’s oral skills. In addition to my course load, I am also the chairperson of the Groningen University Theatre Society. In that role, I have not only been able to practice public speaking, but I have had the opportunity to meet the most fascinating people from all over the world. Both seeing and hearing about their experiences has helped me realise that upon completion of the Bachelors program I will be furthering my studies by doing the Research Master in Literary and Cultural Studies here at this university.

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    – Amanda Moss
  • Testimonial van Student Ambassador Meike Haagsman

    There are many benefits to studying English: you'll acquire many useful skills about language interpretation and usage, learn about history and culture, and your English will be excellent when you graduate!

    About Meike Haagsman

    Hi! My name is Meike Haagsman and I am currently a second-year student of the English Language and Culture programme. Aside from the study’s regular programme, I follow some extra courses within other departments of the Faculty of Arts. I partake in a yearclub via student association Dizkartes and in my free time I like to write or watch classic movies.

    Why English Language and Culture?

    I was originally in a different programme; technical study. Although I was fascinated by this, I soon realized that it wasn’t an interest that defined me. So I asked myself, what did I find more interesting than anything else (after all, I will likely spend the next 50 years of my doing this), and that was English. I have loved the language since my very first lesson, which is covered by the ‘linguistics’ part of the studies. The other main part, literature, suits me as well; stories are a passion of mine (whether I write them, read them, or watch them). In other words, this study is a perfect mix for me and others who have similar interests. In addition, there are many benefits to studying English: you’ll acquire many useful skills about language interpretation and usage, learn about history and culture, and your English will be excellent when you graduate!

    Read more about Meike Haagsman and why she chose to study English Language and Culture in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Meike an e-mail!

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    – Student Ambassador Meike Haagsman
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