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AIMS AND SCOPE OF THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME

Our undergraduate studies allow students to develop a broad knowledge in basic fields of the humanities but also to specialize in areas that interest them most. By involving them in the academic disciplines of literary and linguistic studies, and by guiding them to major in one of the two fields after their sophomore year, we encourage students to develop their intellectual and aesthetic faculties, their intercultural awareness, their ability to question commonsense reality, to carry out research, to think critically and learn independently.  Internal assessment and evaluation of the undergraduate programme of studies results in innovations and revisions through which we aspire to educate and train our students as scholars and future professionals. Our specific goals are to:

  • provide our students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for understanding how language operates, what the structure and the functions of the English language are, how language is used as social practice,
  • help them develop the necessary knowledge and communicative abilities in order to use the English language fluently for general and academic purposes,
  • help them develop their ability to apply theories of language and language learning to achieve research and educational objectives,
  • train them to apply linguistic theories in socially purposeful ways and be able to undertake projects in educational language planning, translation, the use of multimedia in research and education, lexicography, etc.
  • examine and conduct research in the literature and culture of Anglophone peoples,
  • study Greek culture and literature and their relation to Anglophone literature in general and, in particular, to European literature and culture,
  • cultivate analytic and synthetic thinking, and the ability of students to write academic papers on Anglophone literature and culture, as well as in theoretical and applied linguistics,
  • develop their ability to analyse critically and evaluate texts through the acquisition and use of the proper theoretical tools and methodology with an aim of promoting research.

A high level of proficiency in English and initial training in TEFL ensure that our students are well prepared for a successful career in language education. Moreover, given the interdisciplinary character and the quality of our programme of studies, there is a low unemployment rate among our graduates. While the majority of our graduates go into teaching English in the public or private sector, a considerable percentage makes career choices that have to do with publishing, translation, advertising, the media and the arts, as well as speech therapy. Some of them find work in the civil service, banks, and private enterprises of all sorts in Greece and abroad.

Studies in our Faculty do not merely aim at the development of academic competences and professional skills. They also aim at the development of our students’ social, political and cultural awareness. This is particularly true as regards the role of English, which is not viewed as a neutral tool of communication or a mere means through which to access knowledge and participate in the international job market. Its ideological role and political importance is taken into account knowing that English has an important part to play in the shaping of a global culture. Finally, our studies aim at cultivating students’ social sensitivity, as this is considered fundamental for their self-realization as active citizens, and at developing their social consciousness, which will allow them to critique cultural practices and ideologies.