BA program


For a list of first-year BA courses offered during the academic year 2020-2021, click here .
For a list of second-year and third-year BA courses offered during the academic year 2020-2021, 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 (Language, Literature, and Linguistics) which introduce them to the methods and concepts in different fields of English studies, improve their language, writing and critical thinking skills, and give them the necessary tools to teach English as a second language. In the Language module, 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 lecture courses in Advanced linguistics and Modern and Contemporary Literature (autumn semester) in their second year and the lecture courses in Medieval Literature and Early Modern Literature (spring semester) in their third year.

For the exam reading lists in Medieval, and Modern and Contemporary Literature, 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 the English electives module. In the linguistic or interdisciplinary reinforcement module, they must choose one more approved course from an outside discipline (see list) , 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.

For all questions regarding the English BA study plan, please contact Patrick Vincent.