Updated on May 17, 2021 09:11 IST
Kritika Gupta

Kritika GuptaSenior Executive – Editorial, Shiksha.com

One of the oldest languages which were developed over 1,400 years ago, the English Language has been refined through the ages to now being highly simplified. English Literature originally began through poetry, hagiography, sermons, bible translations, chronicles and riddles. Originating from the Anlo-Saxon settler, English Literature deals with poems, poetry, riddles, novels, plays, prose and much more. English Literature does not comprise just of England scriptures, but also from Western, Oceana, Contemporary Literature and much more. However, the biggest elements which are taught since class 6, is Shakespearean Literature and the Elizabethan Age.

Right from Old English Literature (c. 450 -1066) which comprises of the Anglo-Saxon chronicles to poetry such as Battle of Maldon and Beowulf, to Middle English Literature (1066-1500) which had writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, to the English Renaissance (1500-1660), which had more of a cultural and artistic moment to the Elizabethan Era. One of the greatest poetry writers of the era was Thomas Wyatt, who was responsible for many innovations in English poetry alongside Henry Howard. There were various eras which are taught in courses which are offered by various universities and colleges.

Skillset Required for Literature

One must have the following skills in order to ace English Literature.

Curious

Knowledgeable

Intellectual

Avid Reader

Dedicated

Understandable

Artistic

Helpful

Courses Offered in English Literature

The courses which are offered commonly by various universities and colleges are as follows:

Course

Duration

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature

3-Years

Master of Arts (MA) in English Literature

2-Years

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Literature: Eligibility Criteria

  • BA English Literature: The candidate should have done their class 12 from a recognised board in any stream and should have secured a minimum of 50% to be eligible.
  • MA Linguistics: Students need to have done their graduation from a recognised university and should have done their BA Programme or BA (Hons) in any discipline and should have secured a minimum of 55% in order to be eligible.
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English Literature Admission Process

  • Chose University/College: The first step is to search for colleges or universities which are offering courses and programmes in English Literature. The aspirant will have to check the fees, the seats offered eligibility criteria which is set for the course.
  • Apply for Course: Once the candidate has found the university offering a course in Linguistics, proceed to apply for admission. Fill up the details as required and pay the application fee. The application forms are available for a limited period of time so the candidate is advised to know the details way in advance.
  • Mode of Admission: Universities and Colleges will either conduct entrance exams for admission or offer admission through merit. For postgraduate courses, the candidate will have to appear for an entrance exam.
  • Results: Selected and qualified candidates make the merit list. The student has to get the desired rank and percentage, to be eligible for admission. For postgraduate courses, entrance exams are conducted.
  • Counselling: The candidate will have to appear for the counselling session conducted at the university to book their seat, submit their documents and pay the fees to seal admission.

Colleges Offering English Literature

Tabulated below are the top colleges offering Literature programmes:

Delhi University

Jaipur National University

Adamas University

Amity University, Mumbai

T John College, Bangalore

Calcutta University

Krea University

Nizam College

SAGE University

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Job Opportunities in Literature

Given below are the job opportunities one can go for after studying Literature:

Teacher

Professor

Consultant

Advisor

Content Writer

Journalism

Translator

Script Writer

Human Resources

Features Writer

Management

Linguistic

Publisher

Campaigner

Popular Literature Colleges in India

Following are the most popular Literature Colleges in India. Learn more about these Literature colleges (Courses, Reviews, Answers & more) by downloading the Brochure.

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3.85 LPA
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4.3 - 4.5 LPA

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1 Course
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6.24 LPA
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66.5 K
2 LPA

#92 India Today

Popular Private Literature Colleges in India

2 Courses
1 L - 1.08 L

#123 India Today

2 Courses
2.99 L
2.51 LPA
1 Course
36 K
1.22 L - 1.75 L
3 Courses
15 L

#3 Shiksha Collections

1.55 L - 1.7 L
2.3 - 3.5 LPA

Popular Literature UG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Literature UG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these UG Courses by clicking the links below.

UG Courses

Popular Literature PG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Literature PG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these PG Courses by clicking the links below.

PG Courses

Popular Literature Specializations in India

Following are the most popular Literature Specializations . You can explore the top Colleges offering these Specializations by clicking the links below.

Popular Specializations

Comments

I need to know my pending arrears, my reg no. A 301136 Dr.Ambedkar Arts and science College duration 2003 to 2006 B.A english literature.

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

2 days ago

Dear student, it is my pleasure to help you and give your question answer in a better way so that you can understand and satisfy
dear student for this you need to contact your college they will help you and clear your doubt.

I want to do an M.phil in English literature. But I am currently working, I need information about flexible m.phil courses.

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

2 weeks ago

Dear aspirantIt's great connecting with you. As per UGC norms in 2016, no affiliated university was allowed to offer distance learning for Ph.D. and M.Phil courses. Secretary of UGC Jaspal Sandhu said, Students are advised not to take admission in any M.Phil and Ph.D. course offered by any univer...Dear aspirant
It's great connecting with you. As per UGC norms in 2016, no affiliated university was allowed to offer distance learning for Ph.D. and M.Phil courses. Secretary of UGC Jaspal Sandhu said, Students are advised not to take admission in any M.Phil and Ph.D. course offered by any university or institution through distance learning. However, as of 2016, the UGC have advised the student to refrain from taking admission to the distance M.Phil programme. However, the body has allowed the IGNOU and the other state open universities to conduct M.Phil on a full time or part time basis. Hope this helps.

When will the admissions begin for this course?

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

2 weeks ago

M.A classes will start from the month of July or mid August.

Can a girl apply for B.A. in English literature at Loyola college?

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

2 weeks ago

Hi
Lovely to meet you!
BA English is not coed at Loyola college. Only for French, Viscom and B. M. it is coed in the case of UG. However, girls can apply for all postgraduate courses at Loyola.

I want to fill the form of CUET entrance exam of DAVV university in B.A. English literature.

Reply to Cheshta patidar

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 14

3 weeks ago

Candidates seeking admission to the UG Courses of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidylaya will be granted admission on the basis of the score obtained in CUET 2022. DAVV CET is scrapped for the UG admission. The admission form for CUET 2022 is available online.

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PRASHANT SHARMA

Beginner-Level 5

3 weeks ago

DAVV University is not participating in CUET 2022. You can fill out the form of university separately.

I am 45 years I'm a postgraduate with Marathi literature and I have passed the Hindi exam. Can I apply for the B.Ed course admission?

Reply to Poornima shah

When will the admission process start for the BA psychology and English literature dual major program be?

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rekha

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology as the main subject are eligible to get admission to this course.
refer link: https://www.shiksha.com/humanities-social-sciences/psychology-chp

I am looking for college in Gandhinagar for M.A. in English literature. Please suggest some.

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Arpit Sood

Contributor-Level 8

2 months ago

Please visit https://www.shiksha.com/humanities-social-sciences/colleges/m-a-colleges-gandhinagar for the list of top colleges in Gandhinagar for M.A. English.

Is there any issue in doing Ph.D if MA is from private not regular?

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Divya vani

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

There is no difference in validity for Ph.D. course in private, state or central universities if the university is duly approved by University Grants Commission (UGC). Therefore, if you are thinking to get admission in any private university, then first of all know that university is duly approve...There is no difference in validity for Ph.D. course in private, state or central universities if the university is duly approved by University Grants Commission (UGC). Therefore, if you are thinking to get admission in any private university, then first of all know that university is duly approved by UGC or not.

I am a retired college teacher. I am a postgraduate in English language and literature. Is there any course esp. in old age that I can do?

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

2 months ago

Yes you can explore various courses of -
- IFNOU
- Symbosis
Also there are many short term online courses for content writing, English . Communication, etc. You can harness your experience to offer online classes for English. Also you can explore the option of online teaching franchise.

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for M.A. in English Literature at Bharathiar University.

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Harsh Gupta Gupta

Beginner-Level 2

2 months ago

About 46 marks should be scored for taking admission in MA in English literature at Bharathiar University for general caste while somehow fewer marks can be scored for other castes.

Can I know what is the M.A. Literature course of IIT Delhi, is it the same as M.A. English literature, How to get admission to this course?

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Deepali kaim

Beginner-Level 2

2 months ago

It's only for the IIT admission student so if you are not in IIT Delhi you can't get that course as it an additional subject given to students, so they can join the course as per their interest.

Which are the UG Courses available as English major in Udaynarayanpur Madhabilata Mahavidyalaya?

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Ajay Jakhar

Beginner-Level 3

2 months ago

Yes, All undergraduate programs are in English

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