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Majors for Pre-August-2016 Intakes

English Studies

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Academic Contributors

Degrees Offered

Programme Description

FASS offers an exciting BA English Studies programme with a GenNEXT 2.0 curriculum, encompassing an interesting matrix in the complementing areas of English Language and Linguistics, English Literature, Drama, Theatre, Communication and Media. Potential graduates are also able to study a PhD, or an MA (by research) in English Language and Linguistics or English Literature in the areas covered by our academic staff who specialise in a diverse range of subjects, such as language acquisition, phonetics, discourse analysis, bilingualism, pragmatics, postcolonial literature, psychoanalysis, and immigrant writings.

Programme Highlights

BA in English Studies (Major) is designed to give students the flexibility to streamline their studies in either English Language and Lingusitics (ELAL) or English Literature (ELIT) or both. The added components of drama, theatre, communication and media modules that are offered supplement their study of ELAL and ELIT, to enrich their studies even further. In their final year, students will also have the opportunity to do a research exercise.

MA and PhD degrees offer both directed guidance and close supervision as students conduct independent research in their chosen field. Research that students embark on comprises serious engagement with established theories, concepts, and ideas, empirical work on data collection and/or original analyses of literary writings. Members of the programme are heavily involved in research on Brunei English and other areas and ELAL students are encouraged to take part in small research projects themselves as part of their work. Other members are also involved in research on Bruneian Writings in English, where there is much scope for students to contribute.


A number of different careers are available to you if you take this programme. As well as teaching English at university, sixth-form colleges and secondary schools, our graduates have gone into journalism and have worked for Borneo Bulletin and Brunei Times. However, fluency in English and an ability to analyse are also welcome in other areas, both in government and the private sector. Our students have found jobs in banks, property management, the police and the navy, for example. Many have also gone on to further study in Brunei and abroad.


There are two strands in this major: English Language; and English Literature. After taking the two introductory core courses (AN-1201 and AN-1203), students can mix and match the remaining options, specialising in one or the other strand if they choose.

Single Major

In order to graduate with a Single Major in English Studies, a student will need to have successfully completed a minimum of 72 Modular Credits within 4 to 6 years.

The following modules must be taken as core for the English Studies Single Major:

Core Modules

AN-1201 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
AN-1203 Introduction to English Literature
AN-4201 Research Project

Option Modules

AN-1301 Introduction to Discourse and Sociolinguistics
AN-1302 Literary Appreciation and Criticism
AN-1303 Introduction to Drama and Theatre
AN-2301 Analysing Written Discourse
AN-2302 Drama and Theatre Studies
AN-2303 Analysing Talk
AN-2304 Popular Fiction
AN-2305 The Western Canon
AN-2306 Global Shakespeare
AN-2307 The Literatures of Southeast Asia
AN-2308 American Literature
AN-2309 The Structure of English
AN-2310 Language in Society
AN-2311 Psycholinguistics
AN-3301 Drama Skills for Effective Communication
AN-3302 Creative Writing
AN-3303 Language Acquisition
AN-3304 Language and Gender
AN-3305 Language Issues in Brunei Darussalam
AN-3306 History of English
AN-3307 Cross-cultural Communication
AN-4301 Contemporary Critical Theory
AN-4302 The Literature of America’s Minorities
AN-4303 Postcolonial Literature
AN-4304 Postmodern Theatre
AN-4305 Gender, Time and Space in Literature
AN-4306 From Romantic to Decadent
AN-4307 Contemporary Fiction
AN-4310 Translation: Theory and Practice
AN-4311 Systemic Functional Grammar
AN-4312 Semantics
AN-4313 Advanced Phonetics and Phonology
AN-4314 Bilingualism: Theory and Practice
AN-4315 Academic Exercise in Applied Linguistics
AN-4316 Pragmatics
AN-4317 Forensic Linguistics
AN-4318 World Englishes
AN-4319 Issues and Practices in Workplace Communication
AN-4321 News Production
AN-4322 Language Disorders
AN-4323 Introduction to Philosophy of Language