Bilkent Department of English Language and Literature offers an intellectually stimulating four-year undergraduate degree programme which will prepare you for a wide range of careers or for graduate study. At Bilkent you will be taught by internationally published scholars, whose areas of expertise include literature in English from all around the globe and from the earliest times to the present, and embrace a wide range of theoretical and critical perspectives. This diversity of teaching and research interests allows us to offer a varied selection of courses reflecting the most recent developments in scholarship and theory.
Further details of the programmes offered by the department can be found below:
- Undergraduate Programme in English Language and Literature
- Minor Programme in English Language and Literature
We also welcome international students to our programme: for more information, see How to apply (International Students) .
- Drama: Academic study of drama and theatre in the department is supplemented by an enthusiasm for production and performance among both students and faculty members. Plays recently performed by students and faculty working together include Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, and Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, as well as two plays based on the life and works of James Joyce written by faculty member Don Randall, The Salvation of Stephen Dedalus and Triestine Joyce. ELIT students also appeared in Sirens of Lachesis, a play written and directed by Ceren Turan, an undergraduate student taking a minor degree in English Language and Literature.
- Guest Speakers: ELIT regularly welcomes guest speakers from Turkey and abroad to give lectures and run workshops with students. Recent visitors include authors (such as American poet Jerome Rothenberg), academics (such as Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature at Oxford University and other visiting speakers, such as journalists and photographers.
- Annual Conference: In collaboration with the Department of American Literature and Culture, ELIT also runs an annual undergraduate conference. The themes of recent conferences have included multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, and madness.
- Events: From time to time the department also runs special events, such as Dickens Day, a celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth. To join the international festivities, the department hosted a panel of academic papers, a student roundtable discussion, and a dramatized reading from Dickens' A Christmas Carol.