Second Study Cycle at English Language and Literature program

The M.A. program offers advanced English language skills, critical thinking skills and the opportunity to start a career in academia. The program enables students to review in detail English literature and its progression in a sequential way, from the old English period to the present, with a focus on American literature and the literature of various ethnic groups writing in English. This will represent a valuable foundation for the students to integrate the study of literature with social, cultural, political, historical, economic, and religious knowledge and begin to comprehend the complex relationship between the construction of literature and the globalized world of the 21st century. While studying in the graduate program in English literature, students will also conduct a far-reaching research and analysis to build up gradually their critical thinking skills, understanding and academic production. When they finish the program, they will be able to analyze independently any literary text and draw their own conclusion. In addition to instilling in students knowledge about English language and literature, the M.A. program also provides them with the opportunity to develop their artistic and creative skills and become independent literary critics in thinking and interpretation.


  • To enhance students’ English competency and gain the specialized vocabulary required for academic research in English Language and Literature;
  • To ensure that students can use their language skills properly and effectively in reading, writing and presenting their views;
  • To foster the intellectual development of students as they discover the interdisciplinary nature of research in English Language and Literature;
  • To study the cultural context in which a literary work is produced and analyzed;
  • To encourage the mental processes which transform new knowledge into an individual, critical perspective;
  • To provide training for interdisciplinary study and literary research;
  • To promote a supportive atmosphere for the practical enquiry and academic activities;
  • To prepare students for an academic career after their graduation.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the M.A. program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of literary and non-literary texts, including influential criticism of and commentary on those texts;
  • examine the underlying philosophical premises  within a work of literature, orally or in writing, through interdisciplinary critical analysis;
  • determine the social or cultural functions of a literary text and its historical context or political dimensions in the process of its interpretation;
  • explain how elements of rhetoric, style, structure and genre, function in a literary texts to achieve a particular effect;
  • select and use reliable resources for the purpose of writing academic articles and research in the field of English language and literature;
  • solve problems caused by the nature of interaction between the second language learning process and the specific context by recognizing a wide range of ways in which participants of that process may act;
  • write informed and well-organized research papers in clear and effective English;
  • exchange knowledge and results of research with experts from the field of English language and literature and from other scientific disciplines, orally and in writing, while abiding by international academic standards;
  • use skills necessary for further acquisition and transfer of knowledge in formal and informal context.


II. Study Cycle ELIT Curriculum