The Department of English Language at the University of Sulaimani was founded in 1994, and it has been consistently ranked as one of the highly-demanded university departments in Kurdistan Region ever since. It offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Linguistics and Literature that prepare students for careers in academia and other professional fields. Since its foundation, thousands of BA and hundreds of MA and PhD students have graduated from it.
The department attempts to raise students’ capacities in writing across the curriculum. It focuses on providing students with linguistic and literary backgrounds so they can seek opportunities to pursue further academic endeavors. The department offers students a community of research and learning with the academics to develop their skills for diverse purposes, such as writing and editing, teaching, and developing careers. The academic staff is required to augment class work with innovative approaches to research development, service learning, internships and experiential learning. It also seeks to foster knowledge and a love of literature and languages in students. Within a coherent curricular framework, well-structured, relevant courses, the department teaches a variety of literary, analytical, linguistic subjects and skills. It also helps students think deeply and reflect on what they have learned.
The department intends to improve students’ knowledge and education of English Language and Literature and offer them adequate qualifications in the field. These are the significant themes which shape the department’s strategy:
Graduates of this department will be able to demonstrate:
Apart from Professional Skills and University Work Environment courses, which incorporate practical work, all the other courses and modules at the department are delivered in class theoretically. Depending on the nature of the literature and linguistics classes offered, various teaching styles such as lecturing, demonstration, hybrid, and facilitator are used by the teaching staff.
The official language of instruction at the department is English. However, French and Kurdology modules are offered in Kurdish and French, respectively.
Each academic year comprises two semesters. To accomplish a BA in English Language and Literature, students must complete eight semesters successfully.