Welcome to the English Department of the University of Zurich! Established in 1887 (as the “Romanisch-Englisches Seminar”), this is not only the oldest, but also the largest English Department in Switzerland and one of the larger departments in the German-speaking part of Europe. We are proud to offer a broad range of courses in both English literature and linguistics, with a broad coverage for historical studies in both fields (including mediaeval literature and language history from Old English to the 21st century).
Our department has eight professorships (given this is Switzerland, we have parity and four in each field) and an additional assistant professorship for Global literatures. With a total staff of over 50 we offer Bachelor, Master and PhD programs and are committed to high standards in research and teaching, which is evidenced by our research output, regular course evaluations from students and particularly the fact that our students are regularly awarded the faculty’s prestigious semester prizes for best papers.
We are strongly committed to cooperation with other departments within our faculty (e.g. in the cross-disciplinary course programs in linguistics and literature) and across Switzerland and Europe. We have benefited from the Bologna 2020 reform to carefully design our course programs and guide students, both at BA and MA levels, through their studies in an efficient way while at the same time leaving room for specialization in various areas. We firmly believe it is paramount to make teaching methods research-based so students make most of their time in class and acquire methodological expertise and analytical skills.
In the name of all our staff members, let me welcome you warmly to the English department.