IKU, The Department of English Language and Literature offers an in-depth study of literary and cultural traditions in English and teaches analytic, critical and communication skills, with a particular focus on written and spoken academic English. Emphasizing the linguistic features of literary and cultural texts, as well as the historical and culture-specific aspects of language, its curriculum brings together literary, linguistic and cultural studies to offer fresh ways of reading a large variety of classical and contemporary texts. Students also engage with the broader social, historical and cultural contexts from which these texts emerge, developing an understanding of the role of language and culture in their production, dissemination and consumption.
The degree in English prepares students for further academic study as well as careers in secondary and higher education. As critical thinkers, insightful interpreters of all kinds of texts, and effective communicators in both oral and written English, the graduates of the department go on to pursue careers in many different fields, including media and communications and business.
The Department of English Language and Literature was founded with the unanimous senatorial resolution of Istanbul Kültür University at the ninth meeting on 26 January 1999. Professor Nebile Direkçigil was the first chair of the department. It is the second department founded under the Faculty of Science and Letters.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Literature.
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Admission and Registration Requirements
The undergraduate programme of the Department of English Language and Literature admits 60 students every year based on the results of the Central Placement Examination administered by ÖSYM. The candidates are placed in the programme according to their DİL-1 scores, their own preferences and the requirements and quotas of the programme. Registration and admission of the students are executed by the Students Affairs Office
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Double Major–Minor Programs
Successful students of the Department of English Language and Literature can pursue a minor certificate programme in the departments of Turkish Language and Liaterature, Communication Design- Multimedia, International Relations, Business Administration and Psychology.
To obtain a BA degree in English Language and Literature, students should complete the required credits (240 ECTS) with a minimum of 2.0 GPA over 4.0.
The Department of English Language and Literature has Erasmus partnerships with the following Universities:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Universität Trier, Germany
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Universitè De Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
The degree in English prepares students of our department for further academic study as well as careers in secondary and higher education. As critical thinkers, insightful interpreters of all kinds of texts, and effective communicators in both oral and written English, the graduates of the department go on to pursue careers in many different fields, including media and communications and business.
Access to Further Studies
MA in English Language and Literature
• Candidates need to hold a BA degree in English Language and Literature, American Culture and Literature, Comparative Literature, English Language Teaching, Translation Studies or in a related field in the humanities.
• Unless they have sufficient content knowledge to pursue the MA programme, students may be required to follow remedial courses from the undergraduate programme of the Department of English Language and Literature.
• This programme consists of 60 ECTS of course work followed by a dissertation of around 20000 words on an approved topic.
Candidates are required to take a subject evaluation exam (both written and oral) which is prepared by the Department of English Language and Literature.
Candidates need to supply the following documents:
• ALES score with a minimum VERBAL score of 55.
• BA diploma and transcript.
• Candidates need to provide a valid score from one of the recognized English Language proficiency exams.
ViaTalks III – Literature and Ecocriticism Conference was held at Istanbul Kültür University by the Department of English Language and Literature on 30-31 March 2017. Scott Slovic opened the event with a keynote speech. This was followed by a roundtable attended by Professor Scott Slovic, Idaho University, Professor Serpil Oppermann, Hacettepe University, and the department chair of Istanbul Kültür University English Language and Literature Department, Professor Yusuf Eradam. The second day of the conference was devoted to a writing workshop held by Professor Scott Slovic about environmental writing.
For recent conferences and workshops held by our department, please see the link below:
For Previous program activities (www.iku.edu.tr/8/1487/gecmis-etkinlikler.html)
viaTALKS 2012: Narrative and Narrativity
viaTALKS: Narrative and Narrativity Conference was held at Istanbul Kültür University by the Department of English Language and Literature on 9 – 10 May 2012. Gerald Prince opened the event with a keynote speech on ‘Narratology and Its Future’. This was followed by a roundtable on contemporary issues in critical and creative aspects of narrative and narrativity. Two distinguished colleagues, Professor Dilek Doltaş of Doğuş University and Professor Sibel Irzık of Sabancı University, and the celebrated fiction writer Erendiz Atasü joined Professor Gerald Prince and Professor Sevda Çalışkan in this discussion. The series are devoted to the exploration of various aspects of language, literature and culture “via” the experts in the field. The general purpose is to provide a forum for the discussion of the meaning and value of literary and cultural studies by taking up specific subjects and showing their relevance to a broader interpretive context.
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The Sixth International IDEA Conference
The Sixth International IDEA Conference was held at Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul Turkey on 13 – 15 April 2011.
The Conference was jointly hosted by The Department of English Language and Literature of Istanbul Kültür University and The English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA).
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Representations of Food In British Literature
The Conference was held at Istanbul Kültür University by the Department of English Language and Literature on 15-16 November 2007. The plenary speakers of the Conference were Professor Michael Alexander (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) and Dr. Sarah Sceats (Kingston University, England). The objective of this international conference was to examine, explore and widen awareness of the representations of food in British Literature throughout time.
Uluslararası Antik Çağ Sempozyumları
Uluslararası II. Antik Çağ Konferansları (2 - 5 Mayıs 2007)
Uluslararası III. Antik Çağ Sempozyumları (16 - 18 Nisan 2008)
BRITISH DRAMA: From Page To Stage
The Symposium was held at Istanbul Kültür University by the Department of English Language and Literature on 17 May 2006. It addressed the processes of the translation of the ‘text’ into ‘performance’ by exploring a variety of perspectives and approaches comprising the literary, performative, popular, linguistic, social, historical, political, cultural sites.
Head of English Language and Literature Department
Professor Işıl BAŞ
Tel: 0212 498 46 96
Fax: 0212 465 83 10
Address: TC Istanbul Kültür University Ataköy Campus
Faculty of Science and Letters
Bakırkoy/34158 Istanbul Turkey