BA in English - Course Overview

Average Duration
3 years
Average Fee
5 K-1 L INR annual

About BA in English

BA in English deals with the study of linguistics and specific areas of literature that includes Shakespearean plays, European Literature, and more. The programme offers an in-depth knowledge of English grammar and usage, British Literature, critical thinking, diversity, written and communication skills, and more.

The programme is a three-year undergraduate course that helps in strengthening the linguistic capabilities wherein the students are also introduced to the social, cultural, political, economic and intellectual backgrounds in literary history.

After successfully completing a BA in English, candidates can either opt for further studies or go for a career in writing, journalism, blogging, teaching advertising and media, etc.

BA in English Eligibility Criteria

To fulfil the eligibility criteria for BA in English, the candidate must:

  • Have qualified 10+2 with English as a compulsory subject.
  • Meet the cut-off score to get into a college that offers BA in English.

BA in English Syllabus

First Year: 

Indian Classical Literature

Indian Writing in English

European Classical Literature

British Poetry and Drama: 14th to 17th Centuries

Second Year:

American Literature

Popular Literature

British Poetry and Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries

British Literature: 18th Century

British Romantic Literature

British Literature: 18th Century

Third Year:

Women's Writing

British Literature: The Early 20th Century

Modern European Drama

Postcolonial Literatures

Ability Enhancement Course (Compulsory):

  • English/MIL Communication

Skill Enhancement Course (Any two):

  • English Language Teaching
  • Translation Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Business Communication
  • Soft Skills

Generic Elective (Any Four):

  • Media and Communication Skills
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Contemporary India: Women and Empowerment
  • Academic Writing and Composition
  • Readings on Indian Diversities and Literary Movements
  • Text and Performance
  • Language, Literature and Culture

Discipline Centric Elective:

  • Modern Indian Writing in Englis Translation
  • British Literature: Post World War II
  • World Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Travel Writing
  • Autobiography
  • Research Methodology
  • Nineteenth-Century European Realism
  • Literature of the Indian Diaspora
  • Partition Literature
  • Science Fiction and Detective Literature

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Career Options and Job Prospects

Pursuing BA in English not only broadens one’s knowledge base but also opens doors in various fields like Teaching, Media, Publishing, Advertising, etc. He/she can definitely go for either of the two sectors- government or private. Candidates can even settle on further studies like MA and PhD in the field. However, they can also take professional courses like Journalism and Mass Communication, Visual Communication, Film Editing, etc.  

Few of the job profiles that an English graduate can choose from are:

  • Social Media Marketer
  • Blogger
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Event Manager
  • Public Relations Officer 
  • Translator

The package of an English graduate depends on the field and years of experience. However, the starting package ranges from Rs 15,000 to Rs 35,000 per month. It is ought to increase to over 60,000 per month after a few years of experience. 

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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

The course fee for BA Economics has not been released yet by the Raid Laban College, Shillong. While we source the information out for you, you can go through the list of colleges that provide BA Economics in India.

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B A Admission : When will admissions to private colleges begin?

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Sukriti Vajpayee, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear student,

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) admissions at Lovely Professional University (LPU) are already underway. The registrations had begun in December 2019 for admission to the academic session of 2020-2021. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the schedule has been postponed and candidates can apply till May 31, 2020. This year, LPU will provide direct admission to students for its BA programmes on the basis of merit.

Please call on our toll-free student helpline number 1800-572-9877 in case you have any other doubts or queries.

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For admission in ba Hons in Eng hv cutoff or entrance

-Reena Bubna Updated on May 29, 2020 04:07 PM
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Subhashri Roy, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

Most of the colleges admit students to the course of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English on the basis of the marks obtained in the qualifying exam or 10+2. However, many may conduct an entrance test at the university level. The admission process will vary from college to college. 

In case you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to us on our site or give us a call at 1800-572-9877.

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FAQs about BA in English

How much salary does a candidate with a B.A English degree earns during the starting days?

A B.A English degree holder earns around 15K and 35K a month during the initial days of his/her career.

Are the teachings of great philosophers also taught in B.A English?

Yes, you will read about the teachings of some of the greatest philosophers in history as well in B.A English.

How can I score good marks in B.A English semester exams?

In order to score good marks in the semester exams of B.A English, you must attempt the long answer questions first and your answers should have a proper structure as well.

Is only English Literature taught during the entire duration of the B.A English course?

No, the students are taught various other subjects like political science, Hindi, environmental studies etc along with the literature from various regions and countries.

What is the duration of the B.A English programme?

The duration of the B.A English programme is 03 years.

Can I become an IAS officer with a B.A English degree?

Yes, if you have done your B.A in English from any recognised university or institute, you are eligible to apply for the UPSC entrance exam and after qualifying the same, you can become an IAS officer.

Is B.A in English an easy course?

B. A in English is only an easy course for those who are avid readers and are inquisitive by nature.

Can I directly apply for MBA admission with a B.A English degree?

No, if you have done B. A English and you wish to join the MBA programme, you should appear in an entrance exam and must have cleared the qualifying B.A English exam with at least 50% aggregate.

Can I do Law after B.A in English?

Yes, you can do Law after completing your B.A in English studies.

Who can take admission in the B.A English course?

Any candidate who has completed the class XIIth studies from a recognised Board and has studied English as a compulsory subject at the 10+2 level is eligible for admission into the B.A English programme.

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