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!

Brief History

The Department of English has been subject to tremendous change, especially throughout the history. Perhaps more than any other discipline, this tradition has been practiced, in various adaptations, either in language classrooms or all around the world for centuries. While the methodology of teaching Math’s, Physics or any other subject has, to a greater or lesser extent, remained the same, this is hardly the case with English or language teaching in general. It has been estimated that some 60 percent of today's world population is multilingual. From both a contemporary and a historical perspective, bilingualism or multilingualism is the norm rather than the exception. It is fair, then, to say that throughout the history of foreign language, learning mechanism has always been an important practical concern. Today, English is the world's most widely studied foreign language, 500 years ago it was Latin, for it was the dominant language of education, commerce, religion, and government in the Western world. In the sixteenth century, however, French, Italian, and English gained in importance as a result of political changes in Europe, and Latin gradually became displaced as a language of spoken and written communication. Hence, it was English which thrived and still is thriving and will be continuing to do the same.

Vision Statement

The Department of English encourages students a love of learning literature and language and teaches a variety of literary, analytical, pedagogical and theoretical skills and promote students’ learning skills through classroom work and extracurricular activities.

Mission of The Program

The Department of English at Cox’s Bazar International University is 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 to support 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. 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 encourages the vigorous and comprehensive study of language and literature. The Department values the cultivation of critical reading and accurate writing and teaching that will encourage our students to be a responsible part in society. The Program Educational Objective (PEO) is to develop and nurture in students an appreciation of the English Language and the ability to think critically about the daily use of English in all spheres of life. The program aims to encourage them to think laterally and analytically, forthwith helping them to solve problems creatively. Explicitly, it prepares students for a life in demanding professions such as teaching, editing, translating and in the areas of consultancy, services, commerce and the media. The well-rounded curriculum allows the students to explore their strengths and weaknesses in applying English to the core of their outlook on life.

Admission Requirements

A. Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English
Duration: 4 Year
Credits: 126
Cost Per Credit: 1,700 BDT
Total Fee: 2,14,000 BDT
Per Semester Fee (6 months): 26,750 BDT
Admission Criteria: Candidates having a total of minimum 5 points (3 points for 1st Division, 2 points for 2nd Division and 1 point for 3rd Division) or an average CGPA 2.5 in SSC and HSC or are eligible to apply for the 4 Year Program. If a candidate having a CGPA below in any of SSC/HSC, he/she has to secure a total CGPA of 6 points in both SSC and HSC to avail admission.

B. Master of Arts
1. 2 Year MA in English
Credits: 60
Total Fee: 96,000 BDT
Cost Per Credit: 1,600 BDT
Per Semester Fee (6 months): 24,000 BDT
Admission Criteria: Students should have BA/BSc/B.Com (pass) degree or 4-year BA/BA Honors degree in subjects other than English.

2. 1 Year MA in English
Credits: 30
Total Fee: 48,000 BDT
Cost Per Credit: 1,600 BDT
Per Semester Fee (6 months): 24,000 BDT
Admission Criteria: 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 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%
Final Examination 50%

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