Bachelor Programs in English Literature and Linguistics: Aims

General Aims

Anglophone literature, media, and culture are key influences across the globe, and English remains the dominant language of international exchange. The UZH Bachelor programs in English Literature and Linguistics will appeal to students wishing to explore the variety and complexity of these cultural formations.

Content, Subfields, and Key Skills

The programs aim to equip students with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to analyze and engage with the language and culture of the English-speaking world from a historical perspective, as well as with a focus on contemporary issues and debates.

Students will learn how to approach linguistic data and analysis in a structured, scientific way, and they will acquire the necessary skills to develop sustained critical interpretations of both literary and audio-visual material.

The programs also allow students to improve their proficiency in English, with a particular focus on academic discourse and writing. An emphasis is placed on reading and understanding challenging theoretical texts, as well as an in-depth awareness of regional issues (particularly in the UK and the USA, but also touching on themes and topics from the entire English-speaking world).

Job Prospects

The Bachelor programs in English Literature and Linguistics prepare students for later employment in a range of areas, particularly education, editing, journalism, PR, advertising, marketing, film, translation, administration, and diplomacy, as well as for advanced studies at Master level.