The mission of the B.A. in Literature​ in the Department of English is to provide a solid background in British, American, and other Anglophone literary texts, traditions, and cultures, as well as their continued relevance in a humanistic and liberal arts-based education. Cultivated by a community of teachers, scholars, and writers, undergraduate students engage with an ensemble of critical issues and develop individual interpretive theories and scholarly approaches. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to continue advanced study in English Literature, or other related disciplines, or to pursue a variety of career options in education, media, and communications.​

The literature program in the Department of English has a dual purpose. It provides the humanistic discipline and training necessary for those who wish to obtain an education based on wide reading and literary study, and at the same time it provides a structure of courses useful to those who intend to pursue study in English literature. The literature program, while exposing students to the major authors, works, and movements of English and American literature through extensive class discussion and the writing of critical essays in each course, seeks also to teach students to become perceptive, critical and analytical readers.

Program Learning Outcomes       

Knowledge of Discipline Specific Content

1. Identify the historical, social and formal contexts of texts.
2. Demonstrate awareness of the history of the discipline (e.g., canon formation).
3. Analyze the aesthetic frameworks and cultural values that shape the production and reception of texts.

 Critical Thinking

4. Apply theoretical approaches to texts.
5. Apply appropriate methods of literary analysis and research.
6. Produce critical arguments in a variety of genres.

The mission of the B.A. program in Language​ in the Department of English is to promote a multifaceted approach to language. The program provides students with a foundational understanding of the principles and issues within current approaches to language and introduces them to various aspects of the structure, use, and learning of English. Through teaching and mentoring, the program encourages the students to apply their analytical skills to their experience outside the classroom, and prepares them for employment in areas related to English language teaching and publishing, and for the pursuit of advanced degrees in linguistics.

The language program gives the English language major the essential foundations of post-modern linguistic readings as well as contextual selections in literature. The language courses are intended to provide an appropriate linguistic background for prospective teachers of English and a preparation for those planning to pursue graduate work in linguistics.   ​

Program Learning Outcomes

​Knowledge of Discipline Specific Content

1. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and functions of language.
2. Analyze aspects of language development, variation and change in context.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of representative literary texts [in required ELIT courses].

Critical Thinking

4. Apply theoretical approaches to linguistic study.
5. Apply appropriate methods of linguistic analysis and research.
6. Produce critical arguments in a variety of genres.

Graduate Studies​ 

The Department of English at AUB offers two graduate degree programs: MA in English Language and MA in English Literature. These graduate programs aim to ground students in language and literature studies. They provide students with opportunities to pursue advanced study in multiple linguistic, literary, and cultural traditions through engagement with texts in English, in translation, between languages, and across media. The programs provide a solid academic basis for those who wish to continue for a PhD in language or literature studies, as well as for those who wish to pursue a career in writing, publishing, editing, teaching, and related areas. Through an ongoing process of critical self-reflection, students will attain experience and abilities in linguistic and textual analysis, critical thought, writing, and aesthetic appreciation that will contribute to their personal, academic, and professional lives.