The Program of English Language and Literature offered at the Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, has many unique features.
Considerable effort has been put in to making it a program that is representative of English language and literature.
The literature courses are based on traditional as well as innovative and creative approaches. The students study most of the established topics like classical and romantic poetry, drama, as well as conventional novels and prose. At the same time they have courses related to the in-depth study of the genre of short story, feminist poetry, Shakespearean Tragedy and art of short story writing and publishing. The course on Practical Criticism and Critical Thinking incorporate the modern paradigms of Stylistics.
The language component includes courses related to Introduction to Linguistics, Applied Linguistics/TEFL/TESL, Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Grammar, Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics. Such a wide range of language-related areas are not covered in any program in Pakistan. The endeavour is to introduce the students to most of the current pedagogical and linguistic paradigms. The knowledge and skills imparted in this area have a practical focus also to prepare the students for a resourceful output in the job market.
Students are motivated to investigate not only literary and language/linguistics issues for their theses in the final semester but comparative literature is also encouraged as an important area of research.