So, English honors has once again become the most opted course in Delhi University
Fan of Facts?
Don’t worry, I am going to give some of them to you anyway to show you a real picture.
Because if you plan on being an English Majors student for next three years get ready to read!
There is a total of 56,000 seats for all courses with 2500 seats being offered for this course. Being the only common subject in all the streams, this naturally becomes the most sought-after course. Till now over a total of 2.14 lakh students have applied for DU and approximately 19,326 for this course.
This means that approximately 36 students are competing for one seat.
Does English finally seem like an important subject now?
Let’s unravel some truths about this course. It might sound bitter so keep an open mind and try to understand the larger picture.
First of all, if you scored a 95 in CBSE, it doesn’t guarantee that you have an excellent English. Infact most of what we studied in the name of English during school years was extrapolation or in simple terms-A lots and lots of Comprehensive passages.
Read the story. Learn the character sketches, probably, a few important question-answers and finally copy paste those answers in the answer sheet.
Second, those who of you who are expecting that your grammar and writing skills will be tested just like the way it was in school, you need to check the syllabus for the course before applying.
I have seen a lot of students taking up BA Hons. English as their major just for fun, thinking that they will get to read stories and it will be an easy Honors course if they want to do some other professional course side by side.
Sounds familiar? Do you have any friend who you think, thinks this way?
Well, direct him to this article and help out a friend.
Now, coming to what English Hons. Is really about?
It’s a lot more to take than you know. Infact, in my opinion it should be called literature studies instead. You will be studying texts from a lot of languages all translated into English and this time there would be no set of predictable questions that can make you a high-scorer.
You will be studying bits and parts of various phases that literature has went through before becoming what it is today. There will be Greek tragedies, some parts of Greek and Roman mythology, Indian classical Literature, Sanskrit texts, Tamil Classical literature, British Literature form 14th century to 19th century, Romanticism, Women’s writings, Modern Literature and what not.
It’s an amazing course which offers you a lot to learn and helps you broadening your ideas, putting things into perspective. There will be a lot of digging into past and many attempts at analyzing what the author actually meant. What was written, why was it written, how did the political scenario at that time effect the writings, how was society shaped with the help of these writings and vice-versa.
You will be venturing into the worlds of Chaucer, Spenser, Dickens, Austen, Carroll, Milton, Eyre, Morrison and of course Shakespeare (Don’t worry, I hadn’t forgotten him, just wanted to show that there is a lot more to literature than Shakespeare XD)
So guys, I hope it gave you a little more insight into this course. I expect you to break stereotypes and not just follow the herd like sheep.
For a detailed knowledge about the syllabus you can check http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=revised-cbcs-syllabi .
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