This degree gives students access to the full range of English Studies. Alongside the traditional range of English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, students are able to study American, Irish and post-colonial literatures as well as cultural theory, creative writing and film. In the first year, students sample a wide variety of literature and cultural theory and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skill which they then build on in years 2 and 3. All courses are compulsory in year 1, while in years 2 and 3, students select their courses from a range of options. There is a compulsory long essay in the final year. Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. Find out more here . Aims The course aims to encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, incl. film, music, texts in the English language from British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present; provide an opportunity to study/specialise in literature, theory, film, popular song, and/or new media; enable the study of texts in historical/cultural contexts, develop an appreciation of the specific contexts that condition the representation of allegedly 'universal' concepts and an appreciation of how our own historical/cultural location affects our understanding of literature; familiarise students with and enable them to apply traditional and modern theories of literary/cultural criticism; develop students' powers of critical/analytical thinking alongside an appreciation of the crafting of written utterances and the interrelationships between texts, together with an ability to apply such techniques to sophisticated primary/secondary texts; encourage students to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word; enable them to carry this quality of response into future reading experiences; encourage enthusiasm for English and appreciation of its importance in the world today/in the future; foster sophisticated literacy skills whilst encouraging correct and appropriate presentation/referencing; develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral/written presentation; encourage continuous, developing reflection, enabling both responsibility for personal learning and the ability to make informed choices for future development; develop skills for employment/further study, both discipline-related and transferable to other contexts; sustain/enhance a body of knowledge about, and critical appreciation of, literature and other cultural forms, in preparation for postgraduate study/professional careers.