Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has recently approved English as a major and minor subject on one of its flagship programmes, the Bachelor of Arts (Hons). The extended programme will be offered from September 2012.
English is the latest, important addition to the popular Arts degree programme at the Institute and is added to subjects as diverse as Psychology, Religious Studies, Irish, other European languages, and Sociology.
Dr. Michael Howlett, Head of Department of Applied Arts at WIT said: “We are very excited about the addition of English to the BA. Since the degree programme began in September 2009, we have extended the choice of subjects offered and are continuing to extend this every year. We added Irish last year and we have plans to include more subjects such as Computing, Maths, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Law, Music, Social Policy, History and Geography into the future.”
As part of the degree, English students will read, explore and interpret English texts closely, imaginatively and creatively. They will acquire and sharpen the much sought after skills of reading, writing, and critical reasoning. They will come in contact with creative writers (fiction, poetry and drama) from the South East in particular, take opportunities to do some creative and professional writing and participate in practical and local interdisciplinary projects through the weekly seminar from year two onwards.
Dr. Howlett continued: “Studying English literature sharpens imaginative and analytical skills to assure precision of understanding and meaning in a complex and confused world. It can inspire us to be creative and innovative, and to bring about positive change in transforming society.”
“As a result, English graduates are highly sought after individuals and find careers in a myriad of fields, in particular in teaching, journalism and various branches of the broadcast media, new media, printing and publishing, public relations and communications, advertising, and the artistic and literary fields. Graduates also work in areas such as the civil, public and diplomatic services, research writing, training and development organisations, politics, human resources, etc.”
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