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Welcome to the Department of English and Humanities. Ours is the department where things happen all the time. As students, you will not only learn about literature and language, you will also find ways to explore your creative side, your technical side, your research skills, and your analytical skills. You can be a part of our student magazine MUSE, or a part of the Scholars Program from your 7th semester, or do a Curriculum Integration project, or be a volunteer (or participant or both) in the different programs we have to build your personal and professional skills. And best of all, you have access to some of the top faculty members in the country who are very down-to-earth and will guide you personally through all of this.

The study of English has a positive impact on every aspect of our practical and intellectual life. On these pages, you will find information about faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate study in English. Our award-winning faculty pursue research in a variety of areas including world literatures, English and American literatures from the medieval to the twenty-first century, language and applied linguistics, creative writing, and translation. I hope you enjoy learning more about our people and programs, and I welcome your comments/feedback at [email protected].

Welcome to the Department of English and Humanities. Ours is the department where things happen all the time. As students, you will not only learn about literature and language, you will also find ways to explore your creative side, your technical side, your research skills, and your analytical skills. You can be a part of our student magazine MUSE, or a part of the Scholars Program from your 7th semester, or do a Curriculum Integration project, or be a volunteer (or participant or both) in t...

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Arifa Ghani Rahman
Associate Professor and Head, Department of English and Humanities (DEH)
  • Mission

    Consistent with the University’s commitment to liberal arts, the Department of English and Humanities (DEH) employs an interdisciplinary approach to foster lifelong learning and critical thinking to make students knowledgeable and ethically engaged citizens, enabling them to respond creatively and flexibly to the challenges of a diverse and changing world. It equips students with the communicative and analytical skills needed for employment in both public and private sectors or for higher studies.

    DEH offers courses that survey different literary periods and genres through theoretical, philosophical, cultural, and pedagogical lenses to understand language, linguistic, and literary texts. The courses also focus on developing theoretical, philosophical, and intellectual abilities. There is an overall emphasis on pursuing new avenues of research.

  • Statement of Identity

    The Department of English and Humanities at ULAB is a forward-looking and globally connected academic platform offering both BA in English and MA in English degrees. In recent years, DEH has established its niche as the most ‘happening’ place for international and national academic and cultural activities. Our curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation for building critical and cultural awareness as well as to open unfamiliar worlds and exciting new ways of thinking about humanities. We believe not only in developing students’ basic communication skills in the lingua franca of the world, but also in other key areas necessary to intellectual and professional advancement: humanistic content, analysis, argumentation, rhetoric, stylistics, and so on. These broad offerings to all students make the department one of the major nodal points in the University’s Liberal Arts curriculum.

    The Department’s courses are not confined to traditional disciplinary boundaries, but are open to inter- and cross-disciplinary offerings. This dynamic approach allows students to develop skills and sensibilities vitally required by modern English language and literature teachers and by people across professional fields: communications and media, business and marketing, and so on.

    We are committed to our holistic vision to impart an education to students which combines language skills with literary sensibilities so that graduates become competent and responsible citizens of the world.

  • Objectives of the Program
    • To impart language skills and develop literary sensibilities so that graduates become intellectually competent and responsible citizens of the world
    • To help students acquire the required professional skills and mindset that will be valuable for a wide range of careers in such fields as teaching, publishing, media, entrepreneurship, civil service, government and private sectors, as well as for higher studies.
    • To provide appropriate academic and infrastructural support (class size, classrooms, resources, and technology) for better student retention, progress, and academic success
    • To expose students to real-life work environments through apprenticeships/internships, in-house jobs, and mentorship programs
    • To offer avenues for publication through the student magazine, MUSE, and the department’s peer-reviewed journal, Crossings
    • To support and facilitate faculty research and professional development, and encourage greater participation in professional activities
  • Why Choose DEH?
    • Highly accomplished and award-winning faculty members;
    • Updated and job-oriented curriculum;
    • Blended learning and sophisticated online platforms;
    • Mentorship programs and Writing labs;
    • On-campus jobs as TAs and peer mentors
    • International linkage with universities in Australia, USA, Thailand
  • Why Study English?
    • Learn experientially through discussion, debate, and stimulating readings and research assignments
    • Learn about other cultures
    • Increase analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Enhance creative outlook and sharpen communication and research skills
    • Gain theoretical perspectives and professional knowledge in different areas of applied research in arts and humanities

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Testimonials

Samia Zahin (BA – Batch 211)
Joining the Department of English and Humanities at ULAB is one the best decisions I have made so far.
Joining the Department of English and Humanities at ULAB is one the best decisions I have made so fa...
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Fardeen Azad (Batch 211)
DEH is like a home to me. It made me believe in myself and helped me to discover my potentials even before I could see it myself.
DEH is like a home to me. It made me believe in myself and helped me to discover my potentials even ...
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Fatema Aftab (Batch 211)
When I first began at ULAB, I had no idea that it would take me on such a fulfilling journey. Before this, I did not possess any viable skills, but the English and Humanities department challenged me to take on tough responsibilities, like organizing events and even becoming the Editor of the newsletter The Golden Bough. ULAB made me what I am today – confident, well-educated, with the ability to take on the challenges of life and work.
When I first began at ULAB, I had no idea that it would take me on such a fulfilling journey. Before...
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