What is English? Is it one specific language, spoken by a substantial part of the people inhabiting the globe in a variety of national, regional and local dialects, or is it, as has been suggested recently by the invention of the term Global English, a lingua franca, more like several different languages with a number of common denominators?
Similar questions could be asked with respect to literature(s) written in English and to the historical and cultural development of English-language nations and cultures. English Studies is a two-year full-time MA program that aims to train students to investigate and answer such questions by broadening their knowledge of the English-speaking world and its cultures as well as by developing their theoretical and methodological skills and communicative competences so as to be able to disseminate their knowledge to non-experts.
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English can be read as the main subject or as an option.
If you have a BA in English, you can choose to continue to an MA degree in English or you can choose a particular master’s degree.
You will have between 8 and 12 hours of teaching per week, in the form of lectures, class teaching, and discussions. There will also be presentations from you and other students, as well as occasional group work.During the first term, you will be introduced to core concepts and research practices in the humanities, focusing on and aiming to integrate, the three ‘pillars’ on which the academic study of English has traditionally been thought to rest: language, literature, history/culture.
Also during the first and second terms, you will be able to choose from a variety of elective courses on a range of topics reflecting the faculty's research interests. Your classes will focus on aspects of English, including theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of (English) language, literature, history, and culture. During the third term, you will have the option of studying abroad at a European or an American university. The fourth term is reserved for the Master’s Thesis.
To apply for the Master's program in English, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:
A Bachelor's degree with a major (135 ECTS) in English
A similar degree
The Bachelor's degree in English from SDU gives you a legal claim for admission.
If you want to include a minor subject in the program, your Bachelor's degree must include a minor (45 ECTS) that can be continued on a Master's level.
English language requirements
The program is taught in English. Therefore, you are required to submit proof of your proficiency in English unless your Bachelor's gives you a legal claim for admission.