English Studies (Single Honor)
The study of English is concerned with the history and practices of writing in English and encompasses literary works spanning English, Anglo-Irish, American and emerging postcolonial cultures. It aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the history of these literatures while also enabling students to develop a sophisticated critical consciousness and an awareness of critical and cultural theory.
English Literature (Joint Honors)
English Literature covers a broad range of literatures written in the English language, from Chaucer to the present day. The aim of the course is to help you acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of differing literatures while also enabling you to develop a sophisticated critical consciousness and an awareness of critical and cultural theory.
While Joint Honors students cover all the principal areas of literatures in English, the workload is less intense than that of the single honor programme.
During your four year undergraduate degree here at Trinity, the subjects you study will be balanced with optional courses, with the latter coming into play for the most part in the Sophister (third and fourth) years. You can find more information on Sophister Courses here.
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is particular emphasis on small-group teaching, enabling you to benefit from close personal staff supervision. Independent study and research are encouraged, and quite a high proportion of your time will be taken up preparing work in the library and writing essays.