If you have a passion for language and communication then this is the degree for you. In choosing to study a Modern Language alongside English Literature you will greatly enhance your communication skills and gain the experience necessary for a successful career in a wide range of exciting professions. If you love exploring and analysing literary texts and their relationship to society and culture, opt for our English Literature route. Your Modern Language studies will focus on developing excellent verbal and written communication skills in your chosen language while exploring the society and culture of the countries where your language is spoken. You will have the opportunity to spend a period abroad in order to immerse yourself in that language and culture. Students choosing the English Literature pathway will study traditional figures such as Shakespeare and Dickens alongside options in American literature and culture, gothic, graphic novels, drama, theatre, film, children’s literature and the fairy tale. You will learn about the relationship between literature and culture, understanding the vital role played by literary productions in interpreting the world around us. You’ll also learn to communicate with clarity and precision in oral and written forms, appreciating the value of aesthetic qualities in all modes of human interaction. You can participate in a Live Literature project – our students have organised creative writing events, worked with literary festivals and book awards, as well as organising a major ‘Comicon’ event. Members of our English team work with the media, including the BBC, both television and radio and have acted as consultants with a range of businesses, such as Lancaster Theatre Productions and The Lancaster Literature Festival. We are also involved with events at the Whitworth Gallery, The Harris Museum and Library and International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. Each year we welcome leading experts and guest speakers from the creative industries. These have included playwright Caryl Phillips, Broadways actress Judy Blazer and Professors Rod Ellis and Ritsuko Kikusaw, both leaders in the field of language and linguistics.