B.A. (Hons) in English


The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English is a four-year degree program conducted by the Department of English at Daffodil International University. The course contents cover the major British authors and their significant works along with major areas relating to language studies. Besides, classical European and American literature have been included in the syllabus. Further, courses from four other disciplines -- Computer Science, History of Europe, Business Communication, and Western Philosophy have been integrated into the program.
The program is spread over 04 (four) academic years (levels) and 12 (twelve) semesters. It consists of 126 (one hundred and twenty six) credits and 40 (forty) courses in total. The courses are categorized as:

  1. General Education Courses (GEC), and
  2. Core Courses (CC).

The General Education Courses refer to the courses on disciplines other than English integrated into the program.
Each of the course comprises 03 (three) credits. And a special feature of this program is that students will have to use the language laboratory as and when the course teachers would advise them.

Course Outline

1st Year 1st semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 111 Elementary English Grammar


ENG 112 Computer Fundamentals (With Lab)


ENG 135 Vocabulary Development and Usage and Reading Skill



1st Year 2nd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 121 Introduction to Poetry


ENG 122 Linguistic and Literary Terminology


ENG 123 Speaking Skill 3


1st Year 3rd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 131

ENG 135

Bangla Literature: Prose, Poetry and Drama


Bangla Literature in English



ENG 132 Introduction to Fiction and Non-Fiction


ENG 133 Introduction to Drama


ENG 211 Writing Skill



2nd year 1st semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 212 Elizabethan and Jacobean Literature


ENG 213 History of English Literature-I


ENG 221 Introduction to Linguistics



2nd year 2nd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 223 Introduction to Western Philosophy


ENG 233 Romantic Poetry


ENG 235 English Language Usage



2nd year 3rd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 232 Business English


ENG 236 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Literature


ENG 234 Introduction to American Literature


ENG 314 English Pronunciation Development


3rd year 1st semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 315 Literature in Film and Media            3
ENG 431 Classics in Translation


ENG 321 Victorian Literature


GED 201 Bangladesh Studies



3rd year 2nd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 333 Listening Skill


ENG 324 Presentation Skill Development


ENG 331 History of English Literature-II


ENG 332 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology



3rd year 3rd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 333       Listening Skill


ENG 334 Art of Living/ Project Paper


ENG 411 Twentieth Century Poetry             3
ENG 412 Contemporary Literary Theory



4th year 1st semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 413 Introduction to ELT


ENG 414 Shakespeare: Comedy and Tragedy


ENG 421 Twentieth Century English Novel and Drama


ENG 422 Sociolinguistics



4th year 2nd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 423 Translation


ENG 432 Psycholinguistics           3
ENG 434 English Language Proficiency I    


ENG 435 English Language Proficiency II



4th year 3rd semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG 433 Dissertation and Viva



Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs
ENG436 Internship


Course Detail

ENG 111 (CC) Elementary English Grammar

This course is designed to help the student have knowledge of and practice in the elementary English grammar necessary for both the productive and receptive skills if the English language. The items to be taught/learned/practiced in the contextualized form include:

  • Word classes
  • Types of sentences
  • Countable/Uncountable nouns
  • Determiners, modifiers
  • Verbs and tenses
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Linking words
  • Prepositions
  • Passivization
  • Reported speech 
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Joining sentences and
  • Transforming sentences

ENG 112 (GEC) Computer Fundamentals (With Lab)

The main objective of the course is to familiarize the students with computer, its configuration and application to professional tasks. The course contents include:

  • hardware and software concepts
  • functions of CPU, memory, and I/O devices
  • functions of operating system
  • introduction to some commonly used operating systems, DOS and Windows environment
  • concept of database, networking and Internet applications
  • application packages (MS Words, MS Excel and MS Access)
  • basic ideas about programming and some high level programming

ENG 113 (CC) Vocabulary Development & Usage

  • Word formation: affixes, prefixes, suffixes
  • Interchange of words
  • The same word used as different parts of speech
  • Simple and compound words
  • Denotation and connotation
  • Lexical collocation and contrast
  • Confusing words
  • Common errors in usage

ENG 121 (CC) Introduction to Poetry

Shakespeare : Shall I Compare Thee to a summer’s Day
                    : My Mistress’s Eyes are Not Like the Sun
John Donne   : The Sunne Rising
Gray             : Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Wordsworth   : I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud
P B Shelley    : Ozymandias
John Keats     : On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
Browning       My Last Duchess
Tennyson       : Ulysses
Robert Frost   : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Ted Hughes    : Pike, Jaguar

ENG 122 (CC) Introduction to Linguistics & Literary Terminology

  • Terms related to levels of linguistics
  • Terms related to branches of linguistics
  • Terms related to L1 and L2 learning/teaching/research
  • Literary genre and sub-genre
  • Figures of speech
  • Terms used in literary criticism/theories

ENG 123 (CC) Speaking Skills 

  • Speaking basics and gambits
  • Situational talks-formal/informal
  • Grammar of spoken English
  • Pronunciation practice
  • British English versus American English
  • Making dialogues

ENG 132 (CC) Introduction to Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Orwell: “Shooting an Elephant”
  • Mansfield: “The Garden Party”
  • O’Connor: “My Oedipus Complex”
  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

ENG 133 (CC) Introduction to Drama

  • G. B. Shaw Arms and the Man
  • O'Neill The Hairy Ape
  • Synge  Riders to the Sea

ENG 134 (CC) Reading Skills

  • Text: texture, cohesion and coherence
  • Text: genre, style, audience, reader-writer relationship, purposes, voice and attitude
  • Types of reading: skimming, scanning, average reading, intensive and extensive reading, study reading
  • Purposes of reading: note-taking, deducing word-meanings from context, reading between the lines, reviewing, summarizing, surveying a book, understanding graphical presentation, etc.

ENG 211 (CC) Writing skills

  • Sentences: basic grammar, joining sentences, expending sentences, transforming sentences, cohesion and coherence
  • Paragraphs: topic introducer, topic sentence, description, termination and strategies for developing paragraphs
  • Letters: informal, neutral and formal letters
  • Essays: outlining and developing different types of essays
  • Other compositions: amplification, writing gist and précis


ENG 212 (CC) Elizabethan & Jacobean Literature

  • Spenser  The Faerie Queene (Book-I, Canto-I)
  • Christopher Marlowe  : Doctor Faustus
  • Ben Johnson Volpone
  • Francis Bacon   : Essays(Selected)
  • Webster   The Duchess of Malfi


ENG 213 (CC) History of English Literature

  • The Age of Chaucer
  • Renaissance and the Elizabethan Age
  • The Puritan Age
  • The Restoration Period
  • Eighteenth Century Literature
  • The Romantic Period
  • The Victorian Age
  • The Modern Age

ENG 221 (CC) Introduction to Linguistics

  • Linguistics: Definition, characteristics, levels and branches
  • Schools of linguistics: Saussure, Bloomfield, Chomsky, and Firth and Halliday
  • Phonetics and phonology: definitions, differences, range and basic aspects
  • Morphology and syntax: morphemes, IC Analysis, PS grammar and TG grammar
  • Semantics and Pragmatics: meanings of meaning, difficulty in studying meaning, types of meaning, semantic relations, transactional and interactional functions of language, sentences versus utterances and spoken versus written language

ENG 222 (CC) Seventeenth Century Literature

  • John Milton                 :Paradise Lost (Books IX & X)
  • William Congreve       :The Way of the World
  • Dryden                      All for Love
  • John Bunyan              The Pilgrim’s Progress (Selections)

ENG 223 (CC) Introduction to Western Philosophy

  • Platonism
  • Neo-Platonism
  • Rationalism
  • Empiricism
  • Marxism
  • Evolutionism
  • Sigmund Freud
  • C G Jung
  • Pragmatism
  • Logical Positivism
  • Existentialism


ENG 231 (CC) Metaphysical Poetry

John Donne                  : The Good Morrow
: The Canonization
: The Ecstasy
: A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
George Herbert             Easter Wings
: The Collar
: The Pulley
Henry Vaughan           The Retreat
: The World
: Regeneration
Andrew Marvell          : To His Coy Mistress
: The Definition of Love
: The Garden

ENG 232 (GEC) Business English

  • Words, terms and abbreviations used in business communication
  • The long and the short sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Accuracy of expression
  • Finding mistakes/errors
  • Style: guidelines and pitfalls
  • Business letters
  • Writing summaries
  • Minutes and reports

ENG 233 (CC) Romantic Poetry

Blake               Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (selection)

Wordsworth    : Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
                     : Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Coleridge       : The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Shelley          : Ode to the West Wind     

Byron            Don Juan (Canto-1)

John Keats     : Ode to a Nightingale
                     : Ode on a Grecian Urn
                     : To Autumn

ENG 234 (CC) American Literature: Prose and Poetry
Emerson                      : The American Scholar
Thoreau                       : Solitude
Walt Whitman               Song of Myself
Emily Dickinson            Because I Could Not Stop for Death
                                  : A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
                                  : I Like to See It Lap the Miles
                                  : A Certain Slant of Light
                                  : A Route of Evanescence
Robert Frost                Mending Wall
                                 : Home Burial
                                 : The Road Not Taken

ENG 311 (CC) Eighteenth Century Literature

  • Jonathan Swift           :Gulliver’s Travels    
  • Addison & Steele       :The Coverley Papers
  • Defoe                       :Robinson Crusoe 
  • Pope                         The Rape of the Lock

ENG 312 (CC) Business Communication

  • Understanding business communication
  • Communicating successfully in an organization
  • Business messages
  • Direct requests
  • Good news and neutral messages
  • Bad news messages
  • Sales letters and persuasive messages
  • Basics of business reports
  • Short reports and long reports
  • Proposal writing
  • Oral presentation and listening
  • Successful meetings
  • International communication

ENG 313 (CC) Old & Middle English Literature

  • Anonymous                 : The Wanderer
  • Anonymous                 :The Seafarer
  • Anonymous                 : Beowulf
  • Geoffrey Chaucer        : The General Prologue

ENG 321 (CC) Victorian Literature
Alfred Tennyson         : Tithonus 
: The Lotos-Eaters
: In Memoriam (Selections)
Robert Browning        : Andrea Del Sarto
                                : Fra Lippo Lippi
: My Last Duchess
Matthew Arnold          : Dover Beach
: The Scholar Gypsy
: Thyrsis
Charles Dickens         : Great Expectations
Thomas Hardy           The Return of the Native

ENG 322 (GEC) Heritage and Culture of Bangladesh

  • Ancient Bengal: geography, people, economy, kingdoms
  • Medieval Bengal: Muslim conquest, development of Bengali language and literature, dynasties.
  • Bengal During the British Rule: English education & its impact, nationalist and religious movements.
  • Modern Bengal: Pakistan period, language movement, movements for autonomy and liberation.

ENG 323 (CC) Literary Criticism

  • Aristotle          :Poetics
  • Sidney            An apology for Poetry
  • Johnson          :Preface to Shakespeare
  • Wordsworth    :Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • Arnold            :The Study of Poetry
  • T. S. Eliot       Tradition and Individual Talent

ENG 331 (CC) Introduction to management Information System

  • Issues related to management of computer-based MIS
  • Topics including planning and administration, control and evaluation, organization and personnel required in managing MIS
  • Special topics including technical and societal issues, and managerial issues, word processing, spread sheets analysis, database system (FoxPro)
  • Presentation of graphics and computer language (c++).

ENG 332 (CC) Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
Phonetics: phonetics and it branches, organs of speech, air-stream mechanism, IPA symbols, cardinal vowel theory, description of vowels and consonants of English and Bangla and the like
Phonology: phone, allophone and phoneme, distinctiveness, redundancy, phonetic similarity, complementary distribution, minimal pair, neutralization, phoneme theories and so forth.

ENG 333 (CC) Listening skills

  • Listening to and identifying phonemes
  • Listening to and reproducing words
  • Listening and reproducing utterances
  • Listening to and role-play dialogues
  • Listening and note-taking
  • Listening and summarizing
  • Listening and answering questions

ENG 334 (CC) Project Paper  
The student who has completed all the courses up to 3rd year of the programme must prepare and submit a Project Paper on the topic or area which should be assigned to him/her by a supervisor. A group of students (maximum 4 students) will be under the supervision of a teacher.

ENG 411(CC) Twentieth Century Poetry
W. B. Yeats    : The Lake Isle of Innisfree
: No Second Troy
: The Wild Swans at Coole
                     : Easter 1916
: The Second Coming
T. S. Eliot       : The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
: Mariana
: Journey of the Magi
W. H. Auden  : Spain 1937
: In Memory of W. B. Yeats
: The Shield of Achilles

ENG 412 (CC) Contemporary Theories of Literature

  • Structuralism
  • Deconstruction
  • Feminism
  • Marxism
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism
  • Colonialism
  • Post-Colonialism

ENG 413 (CC) Introduction to ELT

  • Basic principles of ELT
  • Historical landmarks of ELT
  • Development of different approaches and methods in ELT
  • Factors affecting ELT
  • ELT in Bangladesh 


ENG 414 (CC) Shakespeare: Comedy & Tragedy

  • As You Like It
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth

ENG 421 (CC) Twentieth Century English Novel and Drama

  • Conrad     The Heart of Darkness
  • Lawrence  Sons and Lovers
  • Forster     :  A Passage to India
  • Osborne   :  Look Back in Anger

ENG 422 (CC) Sociolinguistics

  • Sociolinguistics: definition and range
  • Relationship between language and society, and the sociology of language
  • Language varieties: dialect, standard language, register, idiolect, isogloss and standardization of a dialect
  • Pidgins and creoles: definitions, characteristics, Pidginization and Creolization
  • Diglossia and bilingualism: definitions and relations, code switching and code mixing and borrowing
  • National language and language planning: national and official languages, planning a national language, the linguist’s role in language planning
  • Language and identity: language and social inequalities, attitude towards language and speech, language and gender

ENG 423 (CC) Translation
The student is introduced to the art of translation along with the theories and different techniques of translation. He/she also undertakes intensive and extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary texts from English to Bengali and vice versa. Special emphasis is laid on translating a text maintaining its originality and quality. Translation for special purposes is also covered. 

ENG 424 (CC) American Literature: Novel & Drama

  • Hawthorne :The Scarlet Letter
  • Hemingway :The Old Man and the Sea
  • Saul Bellow :Seize the Day
  • Arthur Miller :The Death of a Salesman

ENG 431(CC) Classics in Translation

  • Sophocles :King Oedipus
  • Aeschylus :Agamemnon
  • Aristophanes :Frogs
  • Homer :The Iliad
  • Virgil :The Aeneid

ENG 432 (CC) Psycholinguistics

  • Definition and scope
  • Child language acquisition: babbling stage, sensory- motor stage, holophrastic stage, two-word stage and further
  • Theories of L1 acquisition
  • Theories of L2 learning
  • Individual factors and L2 acquisition/learning

Eng 433 (CC) Dissertation & Viva

Optional Courses
One or more of these optional courses are offered in case any student appears to be incapable of taking any of the core or general education courses due to any unavoidable circumstances.

ENG 441 (Optional) Postcolonial Literature

  • Edward Said :Orientalism (Introduction)
  • Chinua Achebe :Things Fall Apart
  • Anita Desai Clear Light of Day
  • Wole Soyinka :Lion and the Jewel
  • R. K. Narayan The Guide