B.A. English or Bachelor of Arts in English is an undergraduate English language course. It is designed to prepare students to understand and use the English language effectively, build vocabulary and introduce them to current ideas and issues. During the course the emphasis is also given on Indian writing and the syllabus may see the consolidation of a vision predicated on promoting Indian culture obviously through its literary manifestations. This is the case in all genres of writing: novel, drama, poetry, non-fictional prose. Bachelor of Arts in English is meant for students who wish to do some specialized course in English. The course extends to a period of three years and it is offered by a number of colleges in India. English is the study of literature, linguistics and philosophy of the English language.
in English Literature is an Undergraduate program in English Language and Literature. It is a three year program and is available for students who have passed their Higher Secondary School Examination. This course is offered by most of the universities of India.
English language teaching started in India as early as the advent of missionary schools during the colonial era. University of Calcutta, established in 1857, was one of the foremost educational institutes to teach English Literature in India. Since then English literature education has formed a vital branch of the Arts and Humanities courses in India. Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature has remained an elite course and is a breeding ground for intellectuals since pre-independence era.
A degree in English Language and Literature helps an individual to develop thinking skills and makes them more sensitive towards the world and society. A typical graduation course in English Literature comprises of literature from various era and countries and spans novels, plays, poems and essays. In the language part a student is required to learn comprehension, acquire basic knowledge of Rhetoric and Prosody, and nuances of writing.