Here’s a look at one of the most popular courses offered at the University of Delhi (DU).
What is the course about?
With one of the highest cut-offs year after year, English Honours is one of the most popular and sought-after courses across DU colleges.
The curriculum spans over the entirety of the history of the subject, coming to modern times. English Honours doesn’t just cover English Literature, Proper; but has works of literature of various languages translated to English. A few of the core papers are Indian Classical Literature, British Poetry and Drama, British Romantic Literature, Women’s Writing and Postcolonial Literature. The electives, on the other hand, include Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, Partition Literature, Science Fiction and Detective Literature and multiple others.
What are some top colleges for this course?
English Honours is offered in more colleges than most other courses. Some of the most sought-after colleges, which also have had very high cut-offs include Lady Shri Ram College for Women, St Stephen’s College, Miranda House, Jesus and Mary College, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College and Kamala Nehru College.
What are some good career options?
English Honours students have a variety of fields open to them ranging from creative writing, blogging and content writing, publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, social media marketing and academia.
Some others also go on to choose fields like civil services or law.
Are there any notable alumni?
Because skills acquired in studying a course like English are so diverse, the course opens up many professional possibilities. Doubtless, many DU alumni who studied English have gone on to make a name for themselves and contribute to varied fields. Just a fraction of these include:
- Anita Desai, Writer and academic
- Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner of India and retired IAS officer
- Barkha Dutt, Journalist
- Urvashi Butalia, Writer
- Vinod Dua, Journalist
What do students say about this course?
Haris Khan, an outgoing student of Ramjas College, says, “English honours teaches you not just the language but a worldview. It teaches you the subtle beauty and nuances of those who used the language to paint a picture of their reality, and most importantly of all it teaches you to do the same.”
The 2018 cut-off lists for different colleges can be viewed on http://www.du.ac.in/cut-off.html
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