M.A. English

M.A. English

Entry Year

2020

Qualification

M.A. English

Duration

2 years

Overview

About the Program

Students undertaking English Studies at Mount Carmel College are trained to explore English with an aspiration to delve into literary and cultural theories. By putting in a conscious effort to impart knowledge about the field by reputed professors and lecturers, this program is designed to foster a culture of research to enhance the students’ potential. Through rigorous evaluation patterns, our students are encouraged to put their skills to use and venture into the field of English by enhancing their critical thinking abilities and sensibilities. On acquiring knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative techniques as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the field, Graduates of this degree will be able to demonstrate their skills in Indian Literature, Narratology, Visual Culture, etc. The Curricular and Extracurricular activities are designed in a way to ensure that the students receive a holistic understanding through the curriculum.

Head of Department

Ms. Sujaya Sundaram
Associate Professor, M.A.

Vision

  • To develop a worldview that is inclusive of differences through the medium of English Studies

Mission

  • To foster creative thinking/reasoning
  • To equip students with linguistic competencies
  • To develop analytical skills in thought and writing
  • To appreciate literature that reflects the culture and ethos of Peoples across the world

Objectives

We envision imparting educational prowess in our students to be able to understand the historical, theoretical and cultural contexts in which texts are produced, and engage with them in their chosen professional fields. Moreover, to retain a proficiency to analyse and appreciate works of literature and understand the role of the reader, academia and the industry in creating the literary marketplace. Our students are equipped to further, analyse culture and one’s role in shaping/being shaped by it by gaining a research-oriented knack and mastering various skills to pursue academic and allied careers.

Program Specifications

GENERAL STRUCTURE

Students are required to take compulsory or “Core” courses, optional or “Elective” courses, and “Allied” courses. The core courses are intended to cover the breadth of canonical English studies. They will equip the students to carry out teaching, research and allied activities in India and abroad. The elective courses will equip students with analytical skills from a cultural studies perspective.

The choice of options offered will depend on the interest shown by students.
Both elective and allied courses are intended to develop professional and research interests.

In addition, MA English students will take Multidisciplinary / Open Elective courses offered by departments other than English. They will also complete a mandatory Community Development Project and an Internship.

Finally, as part of the degree requirements, they will write a Master’s Thesis.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Departmental: Four Core courses PLUS two allied courses Departmental: Four Core courses PLUS two allied courses Departmental: Four Elective courses out of five PLUS one allied course Departmental: Four Elective courses
40 hrs Community Development Project. Marks added to Semester 2 Internship (28 days). Marks added to Semester 3 2-credit Open elective offered by the Sciences (English Department offers a 2-cr Open Elective for the Sciences) Thesis
Credits

Each Core, Elective or Allied course: 4 credits each

TESTING AND EVALUATION

The performance of the student will be assessed throughout the semester. Evaluations will be based on end-semester examinations and continuous internal assessment (CIA).

End-Semester Examination: 70 marks

There are two sections:
Section A: Students will have to answer two questions for 20 marks each. This question will involve literary form, background to the paper, and knowledge of age, along with knowledge of the text.

Section B: Students will have to answer three questions for 10 marks each. These will be inter-textual and comparative questions.

There could be minor variations in certain papers.

Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA): 30 marks

Marks will be based on exam, and paper presentations / projects / assignments

Master’s Thesis

In the fourth semester, students will write a thesis on a topic of their choice, under the academic supervision of a faculty member. They will be evaluated on the basis of the written paper and viva.

150+50 = 200 marks

An MA degree will be awarded when a student has passed all courses and completed the CDP, Internship and Thesis.

Entrance Exam Details

M.A. English Entrance Exam for the Academic Year 2020-21

Application forms are available online from 25 January 2020 onwards

Eligibility: Students in their final semester of UG (all streams) can apply provided there is no backlog in the previous 5 semesters.  Applicants are expected to have scored an aggregate of 50% marks.

How to apply?

Application forms must be downloaded from the college website and filled in according to the instructions.  Application forms must be submitted online. Upon the completion of the submission procedure, the applicant will be provided with an application number, which will be used throughout the admission process. The applicant can select a date to take the entrance exam from the following, and communicate the same through the mail id provided below:

29 February 2020  (Saturday) Time: 10.30 a.m.
21 March 2020     (Saturday) Time: 10.30 a.m.
04 April 2020        (Saturday) Time: 10.30 a.m.

Write to us at:  mainenglishmcc@gmail.com

The candidate shall be present at the Department of English 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination. No re-test will be allowed.

After the dates given above, if any seats are available we shall conduct another entrance test, the date of which will be updated on the website.

Syllabus for the Entrance Test:

History of English Literature from Chaucer to the Present

Indian Writing in English from the 19th Century to the Present

Literary Criticism and Theory

Basics of English Grammar

Textual Analysis 

        Pattern of the Entrance Exam

  (Written Test followed by Interview on the same day)

Section A

Multiple Choice Questions

(No Negative Marking)

2X20 = 40 marks

Section B

Essay Type Questions     

1X20 = 20 marks

Section C

Critical Appreciation of any given text

1X10 = 10 marks

Interview

30 marks

Total Marks

100 marks

Cut-off: Candidates have to secure a minimum of 50% in the written test to be considered eligible for the interview. The final list will be updated on or before the first week of May. Seats are filled in through a merit-based selection.

Syllabus

SEMESTER I

Course Type Course Title Credits CIA Marks ESE Total Marks
Core 1 Renaissance Drama 4 30 70 100
Core 2 Metaphysical to Pre-Romantic Literature 4 30 70 100
Core 3 Romantic and Victorian Literature 4 30 70 100
Core 4 Nation, Nationalism and Indian Writing – 19th Century to Independence 4 30 70 100
Allied 1 Technical and Research Writing 4 30 70 100
Allied 2 Studies in Gender and Sexuality 4 30 70 100
TOTAL 24 600

SEMESTER II

Course Type Course Title Credits CIA Marks ESE Total Marks
Core 1 Modern American and British Writing 4 30 70 100
Core 2 The Novel and Modernity 4 30 70 100
Core 3 Tragedy in Drama – Antiquity to the 20th Century 4 30 70 100
Core 4 Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies 4 30 70 100
Allied 1 Visual Culture and Performance Studies 4 30 70 100
Allied 2 Indian Writing from the Margins 4 30 70 100
CDP 1 50 50
TOTAL 25 650
Overview

Overview

About the Program

Students undertaking English Studies at Mount Carmel College are trained to explore English with an aspiration to delve into literary and cultural theories. By putting in a conscious effort to impart knowledge about the field by reputed professors and lecturers, this program is designed to foster a culture of research to enhance the students’ potential. Through rigorous evaluation patterns, our students are encouraged to put their skills to use and venture into the field of English by enhancing their critical thinking abilities and sensibilities. On acquiring knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative techniques as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the field, Graduates of this degree will be able to demonstrate their skills in Indian Literature, Narratology, Visual Culture, etc. The Curricular and Extracurricular activities are designed in a way to ensure that the students receive a holistic understanding through the curriculum.

Head of Department

Ms. Sujaya Sundaram
Associate Professor, M.A.

Vision

  • To develop a worldview that is inclusive of differences through the medium of English Studies

Mission

  • To foster creative thinking/reasoning
  • To equip students with linguistic competencies
  • To develop analytical skills in thought and writing
  • To appreciate literature that reflects the culture and ethos of Peoples across the world

Objectives

We envision imparting educational prowess in our students to be able to understand the historical, theoretical and cultural contexts in which texts are produced, and engage with them in their chosen professional fields. Moreover, to retain a proficiency to analyse and appreciate works of literature and understand the role of the reader, academia and the industry in creating the literary marketplace. Our students are equipped to further, analyse culture and one’s role in shaping/being shaped by it by gaining a research-oriented knack and mastering various skills to pursue academic and allied careers.

Program Specifications

Program Specifications

GENERAL STRUCTURE

Students are required to take compulsory or “Core” courses, optional or “Elective” courses, and “Allied” courses. The core courses are intended to cover the breadth of canonical English studies. They will equip the students to carry out teaching, research and allied activities in India and abroad. The elective courses will equip students with analytical skills from a cultural studies perspective.

The choice of options offered will depend on the interest shown by students.
Both elective and allied courses are intended to develop professional and research interests.

In addition, MA English students will take Multidisciplinary / Open Elective courses offered by departments other than English. They will also complete a mandatory Community Development Project and an Internship.

Finally, as part of the degree requirements, they will write a Master’s Thesis.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Departmental: Four Core courses PLUS two allied courses Departmental: Four Core courses PLUS two allied courses Departmental: Four Elective courses out of five PLUS one allied course Departmental: Four Elective courses
40 hrs Community Development Project. Marks added to Semester 2 Internship (28 days). Marks added to Semester 3 2-credit Open elective offered by the Sciences (English Department offers a 2-cr Open Elective for the Sciences) Thesis
Credits

Each Core, Elective or Allied course: 4 credits each

TESTING AND EVALUATION

The performance of the student will be assessed throughout the semester. Evaluations will be based on end-semester examinations and continuous internal assessment (CIA).

End-Semester Examination: 70 marks

There are two sections:
Section A: Students will have to answer two questions for 20 marks each. This question will involve literary form, background to the paper, and knowledge of age, along with knowledge of the text.

Section B: Students will have to answer three questions for 10 marks each. These will be inter-textual and comparative questions.

There could be minor variations in certain papers.

Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA): 30 marks

Marks will be based on exam, and paper presentations / projects / assignments

Master’s Thesis

In the fourth semester, students will write a thesis on a topic of their choice, under the academic supervision of a faculty member. They will be evaluated on the basis of the written paper and viva.

150+50 = 200 marks

An MA degree will be awarded when a student has passed all courses and completed the CDP, Internship and Thesis.

Entrance Exam Details

Entrance Exam Details

M.A. English Entrance Exam for the Academic Year 2020-21

Application forms are available online from 25 January 2020 onwards

Eligibility: Students in their final semester of UG (all streams) can apply provided there is no backlog in the previous 5 semesters.  Applicants are expected to have scored an aggregate of 50% marks.

How to apply?

Application forms must be downloaded from the college website and filled in according to the instructions.  Application forms must be submitted online. Upon the completion of the submission procedure, the applicant will be provided with an application number, which will be used throughout the admission process. The applicant can select a date to take the entrance exam from the following, and communicate the same through the mail id provided below:

29 February 2020  (Saturday) Time: 10.30 a.m.
21 March 2020     (Saturday) Time: 10.30 a.m.
04 April 2020        (Saturday) Time: 10.30 a.m.

Write to us at:  mainenglishmcc@gmail.com

The candidate shall be present at the Department of English 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination. No re-test will be allowed.

After the dates given above, if any seats are available we shall conduct another entrance test, the date of which will be updated on the website.

Syllabus for the Entrance Test:

History of English Literature from Chaucer to the Present

Indian Writing in English from the 19th Century to the Present

Literary Criticism and Theory

Basics of English Grammar

Textual Analysis 

        Pattern of the Entrance Exam

  (Written Test followed by Interview on the same day)

Section A

Multiple Choice Questions

(No Negative Marking)

2X20 = 40 marks

Section B

Essay Type Questions     

1X20 = 20 marks

Section C

Critical Appreciation of any given text

1X10 = 10 marks

Interview

30 marks

Total Marks

100 marks

Cut-off: Candidates have to secure a minimum of 50% in the written test to be considered eligible for the interview. The final list will be updated on or before the first week of May. Seats are filled in through a merit-based selection.

Syllabus

Syllabus

SEMESTER I

Course Type Course Title Credits CIA Marks ESE Total Marks
Core 1 Renaissance Drama 4 30 70 100
Core 2 Metaphysical to Pre-Romantic Literature 4 30 70 100
Core 3 Romantic and Victorian Literature 4 30 70 100
Core 4 Nation, Nationalism and Indian Writing – 19th Century to Independence 4 30 70 100
Allied 1 Technical and Research Writing 4 30 70 100
Allied 2 Studies in Gender and Sexuality 4 30 70 100
TOTAL 24 600

SEMESTER II

Course Type Course Title Credits CIA Marks ESE Total Marks
Core 1 Modern American and British Writing 4 30 70 100
Core 2 The Novel and Modernity 4 30 70 100
Core 3 Tragedy in Drama – Antiquity to the 20th Century 4 30 70 100
Core 4 Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies 4 30 70 100
Allied 1 Visual Culture and Performance Studies 4 30 70 100
Allied 2 Indian Writing from the Margins 4 30 70 100
CDP 1 50 50
TOTAL 25 650