Department of Literatures in English

This is an exciting time to be part of the Department of Literatures in English. Since English Literature was first taught at the University there have been a number of pivotal moments in the life of the department. Some of these include 1969, when the first course in West Indian Literature was taught, and much later when the curriculum was expanded to include pan-Caribbean courses and cultural studies; in 1994 there was the name-change from the Department of English to what currently exists. We are in the midst of another such pivotal moment as the Department mobilizes to respond to the evolving needs of our students and the society of which we are a part.

The Major in Literatures in English remains the mainstay of the Department, but we are now also “home” to the BA in Liberal Studies and, as of September 2018, the BA in Film Studies. We will also introduce a Minor in Creative Writing in September 2018. This significant diversifying of our programme offerings is a direct response to students’ stated desire for a more varied curriculum and greater choice. In fact, both the Liberal Studies and Film Studies Majors are flexible and interdisciplinary programmes that utilize a model which allows students greater choice in terms of course selection. This model empowers students to build a programme, within certain parameters, tailored to their needs, interests and projected career paths. 

As you tackle the challenges of registration, course selection and scheduling, and later, the hard work required for optimal performance in your courses, it may not feel like it, but you are also at a pivotal moment in your lives. You have become a member of a scholarly community and this is a wonderful opportunity to expand your intellectual horizons, discover your passions, meet new people and develop what may become life-long relationships. You have a responsibility to yourself, and to the community of which you are a part, to strive to be the best that you can be.

The Department of Literatures in English wants to help and support you in this quest. We pride ourselves on being a student-friendly department: a place where students feel welcome and where they can be assured of a friendly smile, informed guidance and a sympathetic ear. Drop in, get to know us and let us get to know you.