About Degree

The BA programme is offered jointly by the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and the Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology (UAJD).

We welcome applicants with a strong command of written and spoken English who have a keen interest in the fields of literature in English, cultures of the English-speaking world and English language/linguistics. The programme aims to equip students with a broad foundation in each of these fields, as well as providing them with opportunities to develop their interests in specific areas. In the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures core courses are designed to guide students through the main periods of English and American Literature, significant issues in British and American culture and history, and to develop foundational skills in literary interpretation, academic writing, research and presentations.

Instruction is mixed format, ranging from large lectures to small group seminars that facilitate discussion, close reading of specific texts and individual attention from the instructor if needed.

Forms of Study

  • Single Subject Study:
    Single Subject students are enrolled only in the BA programme of English and American Studies.
  • Double Subject Study:
    Double Subject students are enrolled in English and American Studies AND another subject within the Faculty of Arts (e.g., History, Czech, Philosophy, etc - see BA Application procedures for possible subject combinations). They must pass the entrance exams in both subjects. At the conclusion of their studies they must choose a thesis topic in one of their two subjects of study. 

Duration

The BA programme is normally three years (i.e. six semesters of instruction) in duration for full time students. Students may also apply to study abroad for a semester or two as part of the Erasmus programme. However, as courses and credits are not exactly equivalent, this may result in a prolongation of their study at the Department.

General Structure

The degree is structured around three main areas:

  1. Literatures on the British Isles; British, Irish and Commonwealth Cultural Studies
  2. American and Canadian Literature and Cultural Studies
  3. English Language and Linguistics run by the Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology.

Literatures on the British Isles; British, Irish and Commonwealth Cultural Studies
The core of the BA programme is a three-semester lecture with seminars which provide an introduction to the development of the literature and relevant cultural background to the following principal topics: English Drama to the Restoration, the Rise of the Novel, the Period of Romanticism, the Victorian Novel, Modernism and Contemporary Literature. The course is complemented by one-semester lecture on medieval English and Irish literature and a seminar on the same topic for Single Subject students. The lecture Introduction in British and American Studies (one semester ) discusses selected modern concepts of culture, multiculturalism, ethnicity, nation and cultural region, cultural diversity of the English-speaking countries and the relation between literature and communication technologies (writing, printing press and modern media). Another one-semester course (a lecture for Double Subject students, complemented by a seminar for single subject students) is the introduction to the history of theoretical thought on literature and art from the antiquity to the modern age. The course includes a discussion of the principal theoretical concepts and exercises in their use. Single Subject students must also attend a course on modern British history.

American and Canadian Literature and Cultural Studies
The core of the BA American Literature programme consists of a three-semester lecture and seminar devoted to American literature from the colonial period to the present. The central topics are Colonial Literature, American Romanticism and Transcendentalism, Main Trends in Later Nineteenth-century Poetry (Dickinson, Whitman), Humour and Satire in Later Nineteenth-century Fiction (Mark Twain), Realism, Naturalism and Other Developments in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-century Fiction (Howells, Henry James, Crane, Norris, Dreiser, etc.), Modernism, The Writing of the Expatriates (Hemingway, Fitzgerald), Southern Literature, The War Novel, The Development of Twentieth-century Drama, African American and Contemporary Literature, including Postmodern Tendencies and Literary Activities of Varied Ethnic Groups. Seminars focus on historical traditions and cultural trends, literary techniques, and artistic expression. Single Subject students must also attend a course on modern U.S. history.

English Language and Linguistics
The introductory course in the BA linguistics programme covers selected topics on English linguistics: varieties of English, genetic and structural classification of English, British vs. American English, inflectional and derivational morphology, syntax, lexical semantics, lexicography, phonetics/phonology, accentology and graphology. Subsequent courses in morphology and syntax focus on the grammatical categories of parts of speech, and on simple, compound, and complex sentences, again on a contrastive basis. All three courses are composed of a lecture and a seminar. The history of the English language (two semesters) rounds out this programme. This course is a survey of the development of English through three stages: the Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English periods. For full information please refer to UAJD WEBSITE

In addition to these core areas, in the first year of study students take compulsory courses in Practical Languageand Cultural Communication (2 two-semester seminars) and Introduction to Literary Studies (two-semester seminar plus one-semester lecture for Single Subject Students)

Additionally, Single Subject students select 3 elective courses, worth in total 9 credits, and offered within the Department in the following modules:

  1. Literatures on the British Isles
  2. American and Canadian Literatures
  3. Intercultural Studies
  4. English Language and ELT

(for detailed information consult Elective courses option at BA Courses).

Both Single and Double Subject students have the opportunity to take optional seminars offered within the Department as well as within the University. For these courses, Single Subject students must receive at least 28 credits and Double Subject students at least 9 credits in the course of their BA study.

All BA students at the Faculty must fulfil credit requirements in Philosophy, a Foreign Language and Physical Education.

For information on the detailed structure of the programme, consult the recommended study plan (download section on the right-hand side).

The BA Degree is concluded by the BA final exam and the BA thesis.

Graduate Profile

Although a BA in English and American Studies is clearly not a vocational degree, graduates of our programme have many valuable skills for today’s job market. In addition to excellent skills in spoken and written English, analytic, critical and creative thinking, our graduates have experience in doing research, translating, public speaking, computer literacy and extensive contact with native speakers, as well as being equipped with a broad knowledge of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and English language linguistics.