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The Department of Languages, Mountain Top University, was founded when the institution was established in 2015. As a degree-awarding department, it has earned accreditation on two consecutive occasions. The recent one was on the 13th of November, 2023. It has the mandate of the National Universities Commission to run two programmes – English Studies and French Studies. While the French Studies programme is being prepared to commence, the English Studies programme has successfully graduated five sets of students. Known popularly as the flagship programme of the University, the department boasts a state-of-the-art Language Laboratory and sound scholars both as full-time and part-time staff.
The objectives of the B.A. degree programme in English are:
Graduates of the English language can work as teachers, university lecturers, advertising specialists, scriptwriters, journalists, editors, book publishers, mass communicators, novelists, poets, playwrights, marketing copywriters, human resource directors, public affairs specialists, theatre managers, fundraisers, technical writers, documentarians, translators or interpreters in media houses; newspaper houses, radio, television, publishing houses, advertising agencies, government organizations, events and corporate communications, industries, and many other sectors.
They also have career opportunities in research institutes and government agencies like the Ministry of External Affairs, embassies of foreign countries, etc.
The Department of Languages has:
1. Undergraduate Programme
The Department offers courses that lead to the award of Bachelor of Arts (B.A. English) to prospective candidates who have been empowered to excel academically, and morally, and can compete with their counterparts across the globe. At the inception of the programme, language courses were predominantly available, but over the years, the course imbalance has continually been reviewed to incorporate literature courses, so that our students upon graduation, will be able to compete favourably with their counterparts nationally and globally. The expansion includes literature courses such as Introduction to Drama, Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Prose Fiction, Literary Theory & Criticism, African American Literature, Shakespeare, etc.
2. Certificate Programme
The Department runs a 4-month certificate programme for professionals and other people who are interested in improving their spoken English.
Admission into a certificate programme is through GCE or any lower certificate.
3. Post-graduate Programme
Post-graduate programmes started in the 2022/2023 session with PhD programme. The Department offers an M.A. in English for eighteen (18) months, an MPhil for two (2) years and a Ph.D. for three (3) years. PhD students offer courses in foreign languages and present seminars at the Department before they proceed to register their titles and obtain approval of supervisors at the School of Postgraduate Studies. Having completed their work in the Department, candidates proceed to defend their works at the PG School. Candidates are awarded degrees at the completion of their programmes.