Department of English


Introduction to Program

Welcome to the Department of English at the Cox’s Bazar International University (CBIU). We offer undergraduate as well as graduate programs namely: BA (Hons)in English Language and Literature, and MA in English Language and Literature.

Both the graduate and undergraduate programs bring together three different but related areas of study: Literature, Linguistics and Communicative English. Here, at the Department of English CBIU, we have wide range of time befitting courses that prepare our students to meet the global challenges of today’s world. The addition of ‘Digital Humanity’ in the classroom environment has created a new arena in the existing pedagogical approach.

The Department strives to train the students in literature, language and writing (literary and professional). The department believes that since English is the global language of communication, and has become a major requirement in the job market, all students should improve their oral and written communication skill in English in order to be able to compete in the highly competitive professional world.

To accomplish this, the Department aims to instill the concept of life-long learning into the students. Hence it provides students with sophisticated writing and critical thinking skills useful not only in the academy but also in the world at large. It further offers opportunities to explore identity, values, manners, and morals.

In addition, students’ creative talents are identified and enhanced through personal guidance, research and different club activities i.e. Language Club, Debate Club, and Literary Club. Discussion forums, debates and presentations are organized as part of the club activities to give the students a platform to express their ideas and project their talents and skills. Special emphasis is laid on maintaining an excellent rapport with the students through interaction and advising, which in turn serves to inspire them to strive for the best.

We strongly believe after a five year journey with the Department of English at CBIU, a graduate will be a better suit anywhere in the affiliated specialty. The motto of the department is “The World is an oyster, Educate Yourself and Be Universal”.

The faculty members are committed to produce better graduates to build our nation. Thank you for being a part of the journey!

Respectfully
Tamanna Nowrin Azam
Chairman
Department of English
Cox’s Bazar International University

Brief History

The Department of English at CBIU has started its journey back in 2013 as one of the pioneer departments of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. At its inception the Department taught courses that were patterned after similar departments as per the requirements of that current demand of our country. Since the dominant theme of the Department of English was to make its courses reflect the requirements of the nation and abroad, it has been upgrading it’s syllabus simultaneously.

New courses has been introduced keeping in view the demands and changes taking place in English studies and employment opportunities throughout the world. Business and Expository Writing, Fundamental of Computer Science, and Research Methodology are some important areas that help the students to meet the educational, economic, social, and political challenges as well as to focus on their professional goals.

The goal of the Department of English is to help the students to have a solid foundation in the areas of English Language, particularly Literature, ELT, and Linguistics. It aims to offer students a number of courses in order to develop their understanding of the nuances and distinctions of the English Language.

Today, the Department’s New Syllabus gives students the opportunity to offer a variety of courses that the Department believes will prepare them to meet most of the demands or challenges of their professional lives. Let’s go through our offered programs.

A brief overview of the programs:
A. Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English
Duration: 4 Year
Credits: 126
Cost Per Credit: 1,700 BDT
Duration Per Semester: 6 months.
B. Master of Arts
• 2 Year MA in English
Credits: 60
Cost Per Credit: 1,600 BDT
Duration Per Semester: 6 months.
• 1 Year MA in English
Credits: 30
Cost Per Credit: 1,600 BDT
Duration Per Semester: 6 months

Vision Statement

To achieve high-quality academic distinction in teaching, training and conducting research in English Language, Literature and Linguistics at local, regional and international levels.

To provide appropriate pedagogies – including class size – and environments (classrooms, equipment, resources, and technology) that will lead student retention and success.

To help students see themselves as professionals, as part of a discipline with skills and abilities valuable in the business, teaching, publishing, or post-graduate work.

To give students a sense of themselves as citizens of a larger community by encouraging participation in service learning and in diverse and international course work and programming.

To assure that students encounter creativity crucial to English studies through theater productions, readings by professional writers, and their own creative and critical production and presentation.

To balance the needs of general education – communication, diversity, global perspectives, interdisciplinary studies – with those of the major.

Mission of The Program

The Department of English at Cox’s Bazar International University seeks to promote the university’s mission to encourage freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others through teaching, scholarship and service of the highest caliber. The programs offered are committed to teach students that will promote cultural awareness, diversity and ethics and morality through the study of English language and literature. The Department emphasizes on supporting high quality, student-oriented, undergraduate and graduate education provided by a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching. Our graduates are competent with crucially practical skills, content knowledge and research methods in language and literature. In addition, our graduates are well prepared for professional and graduate studies and for lifelong learning.

Through the work of its faculty, the Department of English also strives to participate in and contribute to the wider community of scholarship, research and pedagogical theory and practice in the disciplines of literary and critical studies; in creative and critical writing; in comparative literature; in gender, ethnic and cultural studies; in teacher training; and in linguistics.

In the coming years the Department of English will continue to build on current areas of strength in research and teaching to further enhance its national and international reputation.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Department of English Language and Literature strives to achieve the following objectives at the departmental level:
1. Offering classes and programs that align department priorities with student and university needs.
2. To maintain advising strategies to ensure that they are responsive to student needs and that they closely track student progress.
3. Enabling students to develop knowledge in English language, linguistics and literature, and business English .
4. Enabling students to acquire language and translation skills needed in their professional life.
5. Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
6. Promoting students’ learning skills though classroom work and extracurricular activities.
7. Enabling students to communicate information efficiently in spoken and written discourse.
8. Helping faculty enhance their research performance and contribute to national and international knowledge production.
9. Urging faculty members to use technology-based teaching methods to improve the quality of the department’s outcomes.
10. Offering a broad and balanced curriculum in the English language, linguistics and literature.

Students’ Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to pursue postgraduate degrees in a variety of fields that build on their knowledge of English studies.
2. They will be able to develop high linguistic proficiency in the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
3.They will be able to grasp the basic skills and premises of theories linguistics, literature and translation.
4. To demonstrate critical thinking, especially in relation to analyzing, synthesizing, and producing the English language.
5.To demonstrate an awareness of the basic linguistic, literary and cultural manifestations of the English language.
6. Being able to carry out critical analyses of linguistic and literary texts and to place them in their historical, philosophical, cultural, social, and global context.
7. To be able to acquire a sound understanding of major schools of language analysis and literary criticism.
8. Developing the students transferable, practical, and professional skills necessary for further study, and for success in their future careers.

Admission Requirements

The minimum qualifications for admission to undergraduate programs at Cox’s Bazar International University are the following:
• At least GPA 5 (having minimum GPA 2.5 or 2nd division in both SSC & HSC or in equivalent examinations)
Or
• At least GPA 6 (combined, but score not less than GPA 2 in any individual examination)
Or
• The Children of Freedom Fighters: A total GPA of 5.00 or more in S.S.C. and H.S.C. Examinations combined,
Or
• O Level: Completed 5 subjects with no ‘E’ in any subject.
• A Level: Completed 2 subjects with no ‘E’ in any subject.
• In addition, the student has to have at least four ‘C’ with no ‘E’ in all seven subjects combined in ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels.
Or
• A United States High School Diploma with required minimum grade point.

The minimum qualifications for admission to graduate programs at Cox’s Bazar International University are the following:
•The minimum requirement to apply for admission in 1 Year MA Program is a 4 Year Bachelor degree in English from any recognized institution with a minimum CGPA of 2.5.
•To apply for admission in 2 Year MA Program students should have BA/BSc/B.Com (pass) degree or 4-year BA/BA Honors degree in subjects other than English with a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

Grading System and Performance Evaluation

The total performance of a student in a given course is based on a scheme of continuous assessment. For theory courses this continuous assessment is made through Attendance, Class Tests and Assignments. This assessment is also made through Mid-term Examination and Semester Final Examination. The total marks distribution is as follows:

Mid-term Examination 20%
Assignment 10%
Class Tests 10%
Attendance & Behavior 10%
Viva 10%
Final Examination 40%

Grading System

Numerical Grade Letter Grade Grade Point
80% and above A+ (A Plus) 4.00
75% to less than 80% A (A Regular) 3.75
70% to less than 75% A- ( A Minus) 3.50
65% to less than 70% B+ (B Plus) 3.25
60% to less than 65% B (B Regular) 3.00
55% to less than 60% B- (B Minus) 2.75
50% to less than 55% C+ (C Plus) 2.50
45% to less than 50% C (C Regular) 2.25
40% to less than 45% D 2.00
less than 40% F 0.00