Welcome to one of the most outstanding departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences!
The Department of English is one of the most outstanding departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. It is one of the youngest but of the best in terms of its academic and professional credentials as a department, and has been home to many teachers, writers and scholars of English literature and language within the country and beyond.The department takes much pride in the fact that its students reach a very high rate– almost 100% – of employability upon graduation. Thus, to be a part of the department is a highly rewarding experience.
Founded in 1997, hence young but energetic and strong, the Department of English is a centre of excellence for the study and teaching in English disciplines. It is enriched with two highly demanding degree programmes related to English – Bachelor of Arts in English (BA in English) and Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (BA in TESL)– and complemented with a three-year general degree and a four-year special degree programmes. It offers a unique combination of English studies; English literature from the medieval period to the world literature in English in the present day, and English language from its origins to contemporary and applied contexts including Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, the Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technology (BSc in ICT) degree also remains under the administration of the Department of English.
The Department of English is also exceptional as it has a distinguished history in the amalgamation of the fields of English literature and English language in its degree courses, and as a pioneer in offering English as a degree programme to the candidates who had formerly have no opportunity and exposure to study English literature as a subject in their Advanced Level curriculum in schools. In addition, the department creates an intellectually stimulating and cordially interactive environment with its distinctive small-group lectures which ensure a supportive educational experience for its undergraduates. Thus, it offers a very special experience to all its students – one that could undoubtedly become an important part of their lives – with its high quality teaching backed up by research exposure, individual support for learning and lively social life. Its undergraduates are invited to further their experience by participating in many co-curricular activities linked to the English Literary Association and its magazine. With such aims and objectives, the department continues to provide students with a fruitful environment in which they can enhance their knowledge and develop their skills in all areas of English.