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BA program

  • For students registered before 2013

    For a list of first-year BA courses offered during the academic year 2015-2016, click here .
    For a list of second-year and third-year BA courses offered during the academic year 2015-2016, click here .

    Our Bachelor (BA) Program in English was designed to prepare students for an advanced degree (MA or HEP) by offering comprehensive coverage in all four areas of study offered by the institute. It is comparable to English Bachelor programs at other universities in Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States. Students for whom English is a specialized primary branch are able to acquire more specialization and to pursue individual interests. These might include receiving credits to study abroad, to follow cross-disciplinary courses or even a professional internship.

    For the  Plan d'études du Bachelor en Anglais , click here.

    English may be followed:

    1. as a primary branch (70 ECTS, pilier principal or PP)

    2. as a specialized primary branch (90 ECTS, pilier principal renforcé or PPR )

    or, 3.  as a secondary branch  (40 ECTS, pilier secondaire or PS)

    Coursework for all students enrolled in the BA program begins with a core sequence of gateway courses (Modules PP1-PP3 and PS1-PS3) that introduces them to the methods and concepts used in the various fields in English studies (Practical Language, Linguistics, Literature), improves their language, writing and critical thinking skills, and gives them the necessary tools to teach English as a second language. In Module PP1, students have the option of studying English abroad, outside the academic year.

    In the second and third year courses (Modules PP4-PP7 and PS-4), students acquire more specialised knowledge in various fields (Advanced Linguistics, Medieval English literature, Early Modern Literature and Modern and Contemporary Literature) and apply the skills learned in their first year. Modules are usually composed of one mandatory lecture course and one seminar. These may both be taken in one semester or spread over two: thus either lecture course (A) followed by seminar (S) or seminar (A) followed by lecture course (S). Though students may take the four modules in any order over the two years we HIGHLY recommend that they take PP4 and PP7 in the second year and PP5 and PP6 in the third year. To facilitate planning the lecture course for PP6 is scheduled in the Spring semester. For the reading list, click here .

    Students studying English as a specialized primary branch may follow two more second- and third-year courses of their choice to fulfill the requirements of Module PP8 (English electives module). In Module PP9, they must choose one more approved course from an outside discipline (see list in pdf) , and have the choice between following a second cross-disciplinary course, receiving credits for a professional internship (more information in pdf), or improving their English with a language stay abroad . Note that students cannot obtain credit twice for the language stay abroad.

  • For students starting in autumn term 2013

    For a list of first-year BA courses offered during the academic year 2015-2016, click here .
    For a list of second-year and third-year BA courses offered during the academic year 2015-2016, click
    here .

    Our Bachelor (BA) Program in English has been designed to prepare students for an advanced degree (MA or HEP).It is comparable to English Bachelor programs at other universities in Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States. Students for whom English is a specialized primary branch are able to acquire more specialization and to pursue individual interests. These might include receiving credits to study abroad, to follow cross-disciplinary courses or a professional internship.

    For the  Plan d'études du Bachelor en Anglais , click here .

    English may be followed:

    1. as a primary branch (70 ECTS, pilier principal or PP)

    2. as a specialized primary branch (90 ECTS, pilier principal renforcé or PPR )

    3. as a secondary branch  (40 ECTS, pilier secondaire or PS)

    Coursework for all students enrolled in the BA program begins with a core sequence of gateway courses (Modules PP1-PP3 and PS1-PS3) which introduce them to the methods and concepts in different fields of English studies (Practical Language, Linguistics, Literature), improve their language, writing and critical thinking skills, and give them the necessary tools to teach English as a second language. In Module PP1, students have the option of studying English abroad, outside the academic year.

    In the second and third year students acquire more specialised knowledge in four fields (Advanced Linguistics, Medieval English literature, Early Modern English Literature and Modern and Contemporary Literature in English) and apply the skills learned in their first year. They are required to follow the lecture course in each of these four fields and to take an oral or written exam at the end of it. They should then choose 4 seminars in any of the given fields. Students may take the lecture courses in any order over the two years, but we recommend that they take the courses in Advanced linguistics and Modern and Contemporary Literature in their second year and the lecture courses in medieval literature and early modern literature in their third year. To facilitate students’ planning the lecture course in early modern literature is scheduled in the Spring semester. For the reading list, click here .

    Students studying English as a specialized primary branch may follow two more second- and third-year courses of their choice to fulfill the requirements of Module PP8 (English electives module). In Module PP9, they must choose one more approved course from an outside discipline (see list in pdf) , and have the choice between following a second cross-disciplinary course, or receiving credits for a professional internship (more information in pdf), or improving their English with a language stay abroad . Note that students cannot obtain credit twice for the language stay abroad.