BA in English Honors Program

BA in English Honors Program

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Honors Program | Eligibility Criteria | Curricula | Program Benefits | Call for Applications | FAQs


The Department of English and Humanities is launching its Honors Program from Spring 2021.

Mission of the Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to provide a platform for those high-achieving students who strive for academic excellence and are ready to explore extensive educational opportunities not covered by the standard curriculum.

Objectives

The objective of the program is to make our students achieve the following:  

  • develop a broad understanding of Liberal Arts by engaging with related disciplines such as history, philosophy, social sciences, business, and environmental studies.
  • become a part of a broader intellectual community through intellectual exchange and participation.
  • learn how to work with professionals in different capacities and fields so a practical understanding of the job market can be attained.
  • learn to work collaboratively with members of the campus and surrounding communities so their community engagement increases.
  • create a large network of learners so that the students who wish to achieve high academic success can draw upon the resources of collaborative work.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must have completed at least 66 credits
  • a CGPA of 3.7 and above
  • excellent reading and writing skills

To remain eligible for the Honors Program, enrolled students MUST maintain a GPA of 3.7 each term.

Curricula

The Honors Program curriculum is designed to supplement the traditional English Department curriculums. Its main features include:

  • upper-level courses (with Grad students)
  • independent study courses (on specific topics/ methods/ authors/genres/historical periods, etc.)
  • MA Course Audit
  • special section for honors students in the Higher Elective course
  • mentoring sessions with a designated faculty member/expert
  • especially designed workshops
  • visit to a regional university/ publishing industry/ community
  • completion of a research/creative project
  • completion of a Coursera course from the list of recommended courses from the Honors Program Committee.

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Benefits of the Program

  • able to prepare a conference proposal, write a paper and present
  • new projects through which linkage will increase
  • acquire additional academic skills
  • additional work skills to pursue academic/non-academic career
  • opportunity to become Teaching Assistant at DEH or department mentors

Students will register for their courses according to their regular program requirements. Honors students will be specially denoted so that course instructors may provide them with extra, higher level assignments and projects to comply with the Honors Program requirements.

Enrollment in this program is free. There are no extra fees associated with it.

Orientation for the Honors program will involve plenary sessions to ensure smooth transit of the honors students into the program.

Transcripts will denote the Honors status of the students in this program.

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Honors Program Advisor:

Dr. Sarker Hasan Al Zayed
Associate Professor, DEH

For inquiries, email [email protected].

Call for Applications

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the Honors Program?

Students from Term 7 to Term 11 with a CGPA of 3.7 can apply.

Would the Honors students be required to take extra courses/credits?

Selected students are not required to do extra courses or credits. They will register for their regular prescribed courses, BUT special assignments/projects/research papers will be assigned to the Honors students to meet the requirements of this program.

Are there any extra fees?

No. Extra fees are NOT required because Honors students will register for their regular courses.

For application to the Honors Program, does the required writing sample need to be a conference or journal paper?

The writing sample can be a working paper/mini research paper/conference paper with clear research framework. Translations/newspaper articles are not acceptable. Applicants may submit a previously completed course assignment if it has a clear research framework.

Which faculty member may be approached for the recommendation letter?

Any faculty member who can testify to the applicant’s research skills may be approached.

What is the duration of the program?

Students’ Honors status will depend on their Term GPA and will be reviewed each term. Once enrolled, students must maintain a 3.7 GPA each term to stay in the Program.

Will Honors students be required to take any extra course?

Yes. Students will be required to enroll in and complete a course from Coursera to be chosen from the list provided by the Honors Program Advisor.

Do Honors students have a special advisor?

Yes. Honors students will be mentored by the Honors Program Advisor. Course instructors will provide separate assignments/readings to the students.

Will the Honors students’ assessments be different from other students in the course?

Yes. Assessment type and criteria will differ and be more advanced. However, the total weight of all course assessments will be 100.

Will Honors students be specially identified everywhere?

Yes. Honors students will be marked out in attendance sheets for the course instructor’s convenience. Students who remain in the Honors Program till their graduation will receive transcripts that mention their Honors degree status.

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.