An English degree is more than choosing between language and literature. It can help you think about and analyse the world differently.
The second most commonly spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, English is fundamental to almost everything we do in our professional and personal lives; on this course, you’ll examine, explore and experience the world through language.
This course provides an opportunity to explore a variety of different literary genres and approaches to language within historical and modern day international contexts.
Most people choose to take an English degree because they enjoy reading or liked studying English at school; it offers the chance to spend three years learning about—and taking pleasure in—literature, language and culture. The benefits of English as a degree, however, extend much, much further.
Why choose this course?
An understanding of the English language and the ability to use it with great effect is one of life’s essential skills – reading, writing and interpersonal communication is important in every career, critically so for a wide range of creative, teaching, legal, financial and public sector professions. Our degree is focused on preparing you for life beyond University, giving you the confidence, knowledge and skills to make your mark in the world of communication, education, marketing or media.
Within the study of English Language, you will develop an understanding of how English as a system of communication helps to define the world and develop society. In English Literature, you’ll examine works of fiction spanning several continents and explore the ways in which the world is interpreted through novels, drama, short stories and poetry.
International experience opportunities
Coventry University is a leader in the field of international experience, and this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum. On our modules, you can participate in Online International Learning (OIL) projects with students in Turkey, France, Korea, Mexico or China, for example, or take part in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and engage with a wide international audience on such topics as ‘The Language of Gaming’ or’ ‘Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of the Princess Stories’.
We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by living, studying or working abroad on a sandwich year. For instance, you can study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Malta or China. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually. Recent fieldtrips have included a trip to Turkey for a joint staff and student symposium with our OIL (Online International Learning) project partners there.
Since our degree develops your ability to use language effectively and appropriately in a range of circumstances, it opens up a wide range of career options over and above the professions associated with English, such as journalism, publishing, marketing, public relations, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media.