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All That You Should Know About Studying English Honours: Delhi University

by Team FUCCHA

 Students have a huge misconception about the much hyped course – ‘English Honors’. It has become like a status symbol. While there is much truth hidden under the false cover of this ‘flashy’ course. The name is catchy indeed; an honors degree in the ‘superior’ language – English, who will not want that? But if you want to use it as a path to make a good corporate career, English (Hons.) is then not the right thing.

 

Try to explore other options like management studies, business management, mass communication etc. Why? I can give you sufficient reasons for that.

 

Literature is pure Art. By the end of your graduation you may be a lost soul if you don’t love literature at the first place. Your examinations will become a painful time and you may fail to answer any question even if you have thoroughly read every single ‘story’.

 

Let me tell you there are not only stories but a lot more to study in this course, like, theatre, poems, prose, essays, articles, historical background etc. Most Children are curious to read their literature books even before the session starts at school. But that does not mean everyone is ‘fit’ to study literature at the higher level of education.

 

With the introduction of the FYUP in Delhi University, things have changed even more. Now there is a lot more emphasis on studying ‘core’ literature. Students are involved into projects and assignments that only those who really appreciate and enjoy literature would like to carry out. If you are not, it will be complete boredom for you.

 

After you opt English Honors, all that they will make you study may not be in your good taste. Also, you will get constant insights of other subjects as well. In English Honors apart from only stories and literature there are elements of philosophy, psychology and history.

 

You will have to study a lot about historical movements, chronologies and also battle with complex theories like psychoanalysis. There is a deep theme of study of human nature. Moreover, a lot of what you may otherwise term as ‘derogatory’ or ‘vulgar’ or ‘unrefined’ will be a major part of your syllabus, like, Oedipus complex, prostitution, sex, rape etc. These topics and themes are an inevitable part of the syllabus. Plus, you just don’t have to study books, you have to think, analyze and criticize.

 

 

So, yes English Honors is not the course that you should study only to get a ‘sophisticated air’ about yourself. Pursuing English honors mind you won’t improve your grammar or vocabulary either. It will improve your vision, perceptive and social presence. One thing that studying English Literature at college can promise you is a complete makeover of your vision of the world, and that make over will be a positive one.

 

After graduation you may end up being a cynic, atheist and misanthropist, but if you are a real literature lover you will never regret. You will be curious to study more literature and get so absorbed in the subject that you will step into a completely different world, one that is creative, disillusioned and extraordinary. I studied literature because I want to become a writer. Only I can analyze how much it has helped me.

 

 

Conclusively I will suggest, English Honors may not end you up with a good corporate job but it will definitely make you a better human being. So, only if you want that, make your decision to study literature. It is true that after you have studied literature you can go into many different streams like management, marketing, journalism, research, social work, psychology to name some. But right after you step out of college, there are not much chances of your holding a wonderful corporate job offer letter in your hand.

 

 

So, PLEASE CHOOSE WISELY.      

 

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Article contributed by Ojaswini our sub editor.Ojaswini is pursuing English (Hons) from Bharti College (Delhi University). She is an avid reader and  loves travelling & writing.           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All That You Should Know About Studying English Honours: Delhi University

by Team FUCCHA

 Students have a huge misconception about the much hyped course – ‘English Honors’. It has become like a status symbol. While there is much truth hidden under the false cover of this ‘flashy’ course. The name is catchy indeed; an honors degree in the ‘superior’ language – English, who will not want that? But if you want to use it as a path to make a good corporate career, English (Hons.) is then not the right thing.   Try to explore other options like management studies, business management, mass communication etc. Why? I can give you sufficient reasons for that.   Lit