Frequently Asked Questions | Department of English

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, undergraduates can earn part-time jobs by applying and qualifying for the On-Campus Job (OCJ) opportunities provided by the Unversity and earn stipend.

The department has a research centric pedagogy often inviting student participation for various research projects undertaken by the Faculty and additionaly the programme structure allows eligible final year students to undertake supervised individual research in lieu of certain courses.

Yes, it is possible to shift one's major to English from any other discipline. Admission will be based on some basic eligibility criteria and a test administered by the department.

A minor is any second subject apart from your major that you choose to take to complete your credit requirement for the Bachelor's program. For example, a student may get a major in Physics and a minor in English. Students opting to minor in English will enroll for a subset of courses (a minimum of six courses, including two core courses) selected from the course-list offered to regular English majors. Minor students will be expected to adhere to the same standards of intellectual rigour as the English Major students.

The academic performance of a student in any given course is measured in grade points on a single point decimal scale of 0.0 – 10.0. GPA is the average of points obtained in all courses taken in that semester. It is calculated at the end of each semester to determine whether students are in “good standing” with respect to the work required to complete their program. At the completion of the program, the combined GPA for all semesters will determine the final academic standing of each student.

Many parents and prospective students harbour the misconception that an undergraduate degree in English restricts career prospects. The truth is that well thought-through English programs everywhere, and especially at SNU, help students gain the skills and intellectual training essential for a whole range of professions. 

Specifically, our courses are designed to equip the student with a knowledge base that will enable her to engage intelligently with cultures outside of  India, to read, comprehend and analyse a variety of texts, and to communicate complicated ideas in clear and well-organized prose. 

These abilities are vital for a range of professions: the civil services, publishing, journalism, advertising, content writing, and law. There are also more openings for English teachers in schools, colleges and universities than what is available for most other disciplines. 

In the colleges of the National Capital Region, the demand for an undergraduate degree in English is among the highest within the Humanities and Social Sciences.