Department of Languages and Linguistics

Faculty of Arts, Social & Management Sciences

The Department offers one (1) Academic Programme viz:


On 22nd November, 2016, the National Universities Commission approved the issuance of provisional licence for the establishment of Coal City University, Enugu, with the commencement of English and Literary Studies programme. The first set of the students numbering one was admitted for the 2016/2017 academic session. The pioneer Coordinator, Department of English and Literary Studies was Mrs. Okeugo Oluchi C.

Philosophy and Objectives of the Department

Plato and Aristotle regarded the relation between literary art, language, and thought as first and foremost a philosophical question and this continues to be explored as one of the key issues of debate. It gives rise to exciting studies, investigation and discourse, especially in twentieth century scholarship.

In this programme the approach to teaching and in-depth exploration of English language structure and the nature, functioning, and manifestations of the literary is anchored on the idea that this knowledge is irreplaceable for language and literary workers. The student grows in clarity of thought and perception, and develops the faculty of critical judgement and the mind’s creative capabilities by being exposed to the working of language and literature. This is one of the reasons why graduates of English language and literary studies find employment in a vast range of activities in the service industry as well as in the management and productive sectors of the economy.

The main objectives of the programmes in the department are as follows:

  • To raise graduates who have a well- informed literary sensibility which will create in them the ability to respond in a creative manner to their environment
  • To make graduates who have such linguistic competence that will make them skilful users of the English Language
  • To birth graduates who can exploit the rich resources of language for a sharper literary appreciation
  • To equip the graduates with adequate knowledge of the full range of the major land-marks in English and African literatures in all genres and periods


Programmes available to students in the Department of English and Literary Studies are designed to deliver rounded humanistic education, practical competence in the language of science, business, and international relations in the modern world and to expose them to literary art processes as encountered in different places and cultures with the theoretical discourse that accompanies and assists in such development.

The Department of English and Literary Studies offers a four-year B.A. Standard Degree Programme by Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), a four-year B.A. Combined Honours Standard Degree Programme by entrance examination, and a three-year B.A. Standard Degree Programme by direct entry.

The courses in the programme are grouped into two main stress areas as follows:

  • English Language
  • English Literature

Entry Requirements

Candidates are admitted into the programme through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Matriculation Examination (UTME) of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and through Direct Entry Admission.

Admission through UTME

  • Candidate admitted on a four year programme must have credit in English Language, Literature in English plus any other three subjects from Arts and Social Sciences at credit level in not more than two sittings in the Senior School Certificate Examination(SSCE) or its equivalent
  • Must take and pass UTME with scores that meet National University Commission (NUC)’s cut off mark
  • Must take and pass Coal City University post-UTME screening examination with acceptable score in relevant subjects

Direct Entry Admission

Candidates must have:

  • Credits in five (5) relevant O'level subjects as in UTME admission and minimum of credit in two (2) relevant A' level subjects
  • Five credit as in UTME admission and Ordinary National Diploma (OND) with cumulative grade point average not lower than 2.5 or its equivalent
  • Five credit as in UTME admission and NCE or HND or First degree. Candidate should satisfy the requirement in 'B and C’ of UTME admission and ensure that their transcripts are forwarded for consideration and their claimed certificates verified

Job Opportunities

Graduates of English and Literary Studies are primarily producers and givers of knowledge, so well grounded as to have the capacity to major as literary artists and critics. They have job opportunities in the public or private sector administrative positions, as well as in all levels of the teaching profession. More than any other set of professionals, they possess adequate linguistic competence to enable them function as excellent editors, publishers, analysts, broadcasters and mass media practitioners. Apart from all these, many more job opportunities await eagerly the potential graduates of English and Literary Studies.

Stress Areas Code
Foundational Courses 0
Survey 1
Language 2
Oral Poetry 3
Drama 4
Poetry 5
Fiction 6
Theory & Criticism 7
Methodology 8
Project 9

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