English Studies is a key discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It develops students’ conceptual and practical proficiency in analysing a range of the acknowledged ‘classics’ of literature in English, as well as the texts of the ‘new’ literatures, especially African and South African.
The practice of ‘reading’ in the broadest sense is also applied to oral and performance texts, forms of popular culture, intercultural communication, and the environment.
English Studies also covers important areas of language and composition in order to help students develop the informed communicative skills sought by employers. Further, English Studies offers students the chance to extend their interest in written expression into translation and creative writing.
The materials and the skills taught in English Studies have proved extremely adaptable: students with English Studies as a major have gone on to excel in careers such as education, magazine journalism, law, public administration, and management.