About the course
This course offers you the opportunity to combine high-level study of the English language with a carefully chosen range of related subjects, both academic and vocational.
Reasons to study English Language at DMU
Study language in breadth and depth: a wide range of highly specialised courses
Learn what the great communicators do, and how you can do it too
Put your theoretical knowledge into practice with our final-year placement module
Open your mind to language – let language open doors for you
The English Language degree at DMU rests on a series of questions: What is English? Where has it come from, and where is it going? Who owns this truly global language? How is it used, by whom, and for what reasons? How can we use it more fluently, more effectively and more persuasively?
The English language is our country's greatest asset and our biggest export. From its beginnings as an insignificant tongue spoken on the fringes of Europe, it has gone on to become the first world language. It can move, amuse, inspire, impress and oppress. It has been, and continues to be, a means by which people judge each other. It can be a tool, a caress or a weapon. This degree will make you aware of the full resources of this language, and help you learn to use them to the full, in whatever environment you may find yourself and whoever you may be speaking with.
You will be taught by a diverse and highly talented range of teaching staff, drawn from throughout Humanities to give you the broadest possible exposure to the subject.
In your first year alone, you will study subjects as diverse as Forensic Linguistics (how knowledge of language can solve crimes), non-verbal language and the 'cold reading' skills employed by fake psychics, as well as the more traditional elements of language study.
Later years offer a module in Teaching English, and a final year work placement module (making your CV stand out), and the opportunity to study material such as propaganda and interrogation, style, psycholinguistics and psychotherapy. The language you speak shapes the world you see; this degree helps you understand both better.