What Will You Study

Lancaster’s combined English Language and Literature degree is taught by award-winning teaching and research staff who’ll help you develop an appreciation of literature through the appreciation of its language.

Your degree looks at the relationship between a writer’s linguistic choices and the effects these have on the reader. You’ll be introduced to literature from different genres and historical periods and to a range of current approaches in literary theory. You’ll also learn about the structure, history, uses and variation of the English language.

In your first year, you’ll take courses including English Literature and English Language. You’ll move on to second-year subjects such as Stylistics and The Theory and Practice of Criticism, and then complete your degree with a wide range of options including Contemporary Literature; From Decadence to Modernism 1890 – 1945; American Literature from 1900; Shakespeare; Language and Identities: Gender, Ethnicity and Class; Contemporary Methods in English Language Studies; and Language Change in English and Beyond.