Department of English Language and Literature

  • Programs offered
  • Department Transfer Conditions
  • Translation Admission Criteria
Programs offered:  
 
  <> BA in English Language and Literature  
  <> BA in Translation  
  <> Postgraduate Diploma in Translation  
  <> MA in Translation  
 
     
 

Established in 1987, the Department of English Language, Literature and Translation offers courses in  three areas for students majoring in English Language and Literature in the College of Arts and for students in the College of Education who specialize in English Language and English Language Teaching. In 2001 the Department began offering a four-year degree programme in Translation and in 2006 a post-graduate Diploma/M.A. in this field.

With student-centered teaching a priority, teaching methods include lectures, presentations, class-discussions, group and pair work, supervised research , written assignments, and the use of the Department’s laboratories—the multimedia laboratory, the phonetics laboratory and the translation laboratory.

In addition to teaching, Department members participate regularly in other activities like in-house seminars, research, publication in respected academic journals, and attendances at conferences around the world. In recent years, Department faculty members have presented papers at conferences in the UAE, Bahrain, Holland, Jordan, India, France, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Jordan, Germany, Japan, the UK and the USA.

English Major students actively participate in extra-curricular activities and become members of the English Society which focuses on developing the linguistic and literary skills of students through a series of courses and workshops.

Graduating students may pursue post-graduate studies which could lead to a career in academe (several former students are already teaching in the Department and several others are pursuing post-graduate studies overseas) or else to a career  in a wide variety of fields such as commerce, management, teaching, translation, the Civil Service, journalism and the media.
 
     
 
 Degree and Study Plan:

 Plan 2018 & after (Language & Literature)

 Plan 2018 & after (Translation) 

 
     
   

Conditions of Transfer to the English Department

  1. Transfer from Outside SQU:
    1. Students must fulfill the transfer requirements of the Deanship of Admission and Registration.
    2. Students must fulfill the transfer requirements of College of Arts and Social Sciences. These include:
      1. Band 6 in Academic IELTS OR 547 points in the International TOEFL test, or its equivalent
      2. A minimum of B in all English courses
      3. The Department reserves the right to determine which credits to accept within University regulations.

 

  1. Transfer from English – Medium Specializations:
    1. Students must fulfill  the transfer requirements of the Deanship of Admission and Registration (14 credit hours in their respective specialization + a minimum of 2.3 GPA)
    2. Students must get a minimum B grade in all LANC courses of their respective specialization, e.g. LANC2050 English for Science I
    3. Repeated courses will not be accepted
    4. Students must pass the Language Center EXIT test
    5. Substitutions or equivalencies for English credit courses from other specializations will not be accepted
    6. The student may be called for an interview
    7. These conditions represent the minimum requirements, and because the number of seats available for transferring students is limited, only those who get the higher marks will be accepted
    8. In case a student did not satisfy or was not able to meet one of the conditions above, the English Department may look into the student's application only if he/she gets not less than Band 5.5 in Academic IELTS or 530 in TOFEL for students in the first year of study at the University, or Band 6 in IELTS or 550 in TOFEL for students in the second year of study or above.

 

  1. Transfer from Arabic-Medium Specializations:
    1. Students must fulfill the transfer requirements of the Deanship of Admission and Registration (14 credit hours in their respective specialization + a minimum of 2.3 GPA)
    2. Once these conditions are fulfilled, the student must sit a PLACEMENT test and must obtain a level that qualifies him/her to sit the EXIT test at the Language Center.
    3. The student must pass the Language Center EXIT test
    4. The student may be called for an interview
    5. These conditions are the minimum, and because the number of seats available for transferring students is limited, only those who get the higher marks will be accepted.
    6. In case a student did not satisfy or was not able to meet one of the conditions above, the English Department may look into the student's application only if he/she gets not less than Band 5.5 in Academic IELTS or 530 in TOFEL for students in the first year of study at the University, or Band 6 in IELTS or 550 in TOFEL for students in the second year of study or above.

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Because the seats available for transferring students are very limited, the selection will be made from the top scoring students who fulfill the above conditions.

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BA Translation Programme:

Entry Requirements:

All students, who have just completed Semester Two according to their study plan, or have completed Semester Three in the English Department, can apply for admission to the BA Translation Programme after meeting the following conditions:

  • score a minimum overall average of C+ (2.3) in the six LANC courses in Semesters I and II (LANC1102, LANC1103 and LANC1104, LANC1118, LANC1119  and LANC1120) 
  • score a minimum grade of C )2.0) in any of the following Arabic Language Courses: ARAB1001, ARAB2031, or ARAB2032
  • submit an up-to-date copy of their transcripts, verified and signed by their academic advisor, to the BA Translation Programme Coordinator, Dr. Habib (Office 1207), in the first two days of Add/Drop Week of every semester.

The top ten students will be selected.