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MA in English

Postgraduate Department of Studies and Research in English, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) was established in the academic year 2008 -09. The department has qualified, experienced and competent staff and the key thrust of the department is research. Keeping in mind the changing trends, the department offers papers on the Literatures of Britain, America, the Commonwealth countries, Cultural Studies, Language, Literary Theory and Criticism. It trains its students for teaching, NET, research and the industry and strives to provide them with an all-round development. As the focus area of the department is on research and thus it organises seminars, encourages research projects, paper presentations and paper publications by students and faculty.

To impart quality input on English Literature taking into consideration the recent developments and thrust areas in the field.

To make the students competent in the linguistic performance by focusing on skill acquisition through peer teaching-learning, tutorials, practical sessions and soft skills in the regular curriculum.

To train the students in the methods and skills of independent academic work through projects, class reports, assignments, seminars, research papers and projects.

To train the students in the effective use of ICT through periodical presentations on the various topics in literature and communication.

To encourage students to make effective use of the internet for gaining knowledge by providing internet browsing facility in the department.

To establish a network of industry-academia interaction with the major industries in the area and constantly interact with them to understand the needs of the industry.

To organize intellectually stimulating programmes, workshops and seminars every year on various topics in English literature.

To encourage students to take projects, and to research and document the work and present research papers at research seminars.

To expose the students to the imperatives of careers by training them in various fields including preparing them for the NET exam.

One of the special skills that the department offers lies is in the tie-up with St Aloysius High School. The second year students undergo a mandatory teaching practice with these students.
The department has MoU with other colleges for faculty and student exchange programme and both staff and students have regular interaction on academics.
The students have to mandatorily present or publish at least one research paper at conferences by the time is course is over. The department helps the students in this initiative.
The department also organises an annual study tour.
It conducts an annual national seminar/workshop.
It has a departmental Library containing 503 books.
Guest Lectures on areas other than English Literature are organised.
Mini research project and presentation  from II Semester onwards.

Career Opportunities

  • To take up competitive examinations like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and State and Central Government jobs. Records show that many of those who have proved successful had taken English Literature as one of the Optionals. KAS class I and class II officers can choose English as one of the optionals which is a scoring subject.
  • Reserve Bank, State Bank, Nationalised Banks, Cooperative Banks and Private Banks recruit their officers through competitive examinations where General English (objective and essay type) is a compulsory paper and M.A. English students can score better.
  • Air lines, Railways, LIC, GIC and P&T select their officers through examinations with English as a compulsory paper and surely students of English language and literature have a definite edge over others.
  • Public Relations and HRD officers need to have effective communication skills and mastery in Spoken English and students of English Literature and Communication will get their preference.
  • Translation officers for the Ministry of External Affairs and other departments are required to have high level competency in English and the necessary skills are provided in this programme.
  • Advertising and Journalism fields extensively employ M.A. English students.
  • Publishing Houses need candidates proficient in English.
  • Teaching at various levels (Universities, Colleges, Pre-university Colleges) requires candidates with English at Post-Graduate level.
  • Medical colleges, Engineering colleges and Para-medical colleges need English teachers with post-graduation in English.
  • Various IT companies require Postgraduates in English to work as instructional designers, content writers, language editors and so on.

Credit Structure
The entire course shall consist of FOUR semesters with 18 weeks per semester which will include teaching, seminars, tutorials, assignments, open tests and examinations. The total credits for the entire course is 92 credits. All the hard core papers are for 5 credits each, with exception of the Project which is 4 credits. All soft core papers are for 4 credits while the open electives are for 3 credits. All hard core papers are mandatory while the students will have an option for their soft core papers and open electives as per the regulations of the university and the college.

Evaluation system
Continuous Internal Assessment              : 30 marks
End semester exams: 70 marks

I  Semester (Hard core 3 papers and Soft core 2 papers)
PH 121.1- Paper I: Chaucer to Cromwell
PH 122.1 – Paper II: The Restoration to the Neoclassic
PH 123.1 – Paper III: Literary Criticism
PS 124.1 – Paper IV: Linguistics
PS 125.1 – Paper V: Children’s Literature
PS 126.1 – Paper VI: Ecocriticism
Total Credits: 23

II Semester (Hard core 3 papers and Soft core 1 paper and open elective 1 paper)
PH 121.2 – Paper VII: The Romantics and the Victorians
PH 122.2 – Paper VIII: Literary Theories
PH 123.2 – Paper IX: Research Methodology
PS 124.2 – Paper X: Indian Writing in English
PS 125.2 – Paper XI: Popular Culture
PO 126.2 – Paper XII: Language Competency and Communication Development
PO 127.2 – Paper XIII: Literature and Cinema

Total Credits: 22
III Semester (Hard core 2 papers and Soft core 2 papers and open elective 1 paper)
PH 121.3 – Paper XIV: Twentieth Century British Literature
PH 122.3 – Paper XV: English Language Teaching
PS 123.3 – Paper XVI: Cultural Studies
PS 124.3 – Paper XVII: American Literature
PS 125.3 – Paper XVIII: Indian Literary Criticism
PO 126.3 – Paper XIX: Reading and Interpretation of Literature
PO 127.3 – Paper XX: Indian Diasporic Fiction
Total Credits: 21

IV Semester (Hard core 2 papers and one Project and Soft core 3 papers)
PH 121.4 – Paper XXI: Postcolonial Studies
PH 122.4 – Paper XXII: Twentieth Century World Literatures
PH 123.4 – Paper XXIII: Project
PS 124.4 – Paper XXIV: Gender Studies
PS 125.4 – Paper XXV: Literature from the Margins
PS 126.4 – Paper XXVI: Indian Literatures in Translation
PS 127.4 – Paper XXVII: European Fiction and Drama

Total Credits: 26  Grand Total: 92


Dr A Lourdusamy –MA, M Phil, PhD
Dean – PG Studies
Associate Professor and Chairman
Area of Specialization: Indian Writing in English and Literary Criticism



Dr Melisa M Goveas – MA, M.Phil, PhD, NET
Asst. Professor
Area of Specialization: Literary Theory and Criticism and Postmodernism.




Dr J Vijayalakashmi – MA, M.Phil, PhD
Asst. Professor
Area of Specialization: ELT, Linguistics and Postmodernism



Ms Diana Jose – MA, K-SET
Asst. Professor
Area of Specialization: American Literature