The Department of English, Holy Cross College was established in 1923 to teach English to the students of the Intermediate classes. The introduction of the B. A course in English Literature in 1966, the post-graduate course in 1972, Research in 1992 and M.Phil. in 2003 are the important academic milestones of the department. The Shift II B.A. course was begun in 2008.
To fashion self-directed human beings through the study of literary works in English to become agents of social change
To provide academically excellent education to create morally, intellectually, aesthetically, socially responsible and professionally competent literary personnel.
Uniqueness of our Academic Programmes:
The programmes offered by our department allow the learners to embark on a voyage into the fathomless world of Literature. We offer contemporarily relevant courses that are tailor-made for the students at all levels, be it the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, M.Phil. or Ph.D. level. A yearly need-audit done with the student representatives in the Board of Studies meetings, has made our courses globally relevant. The curriculum is constantly updated to ensure that it caters to the needs of our learners. Part II English focusses on developing the LSRW skills of all levels of learners - first-generation, intermediary and advanced learners. Further, the UG, PG and Research Programmes also cater to the regional national and international interests of the learners by offering courses such as English for Competitive Examinations, Journalism, Theatre Arts, English for Eligibility Examinations, Spoken English and Effective Communication, English for Personnel Management, Group Dynamics, and Creative Writing which help our learners use their communication skills to branch out into any professional domain. Our programmes teach our learners to be socially knowledgeable, environmentally aware and importantly ethically sound. The department also offers our learners many opportunities to give flight to their creative imaginations through competitions, dramatics, seminars, assignments, etc.