The Department of English

The Department of English, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń was established in 1945 but already in 1952 was closed for political reasons (in the Stalinist era English studies were viewed as potentially subversive). It was re-opened in 1986 and the first graduates completed their studies in 1992. In 2011 the Department was moved to a new site, one of the most modern university buildings in Poland.

Today our Departament is one of several English departments in Poland with the right to confer the degrees of licencjat (B.A. equivalent) and magister (M.A. equivalent) on its graduates. The English Department employs some twenty five academics specializing in several fields (see the STAFF tab) and has about 450 regular, extramural and doctoral students.

It provides a dynamic scholarly environment for quality teaching, research and conferences in literary and culture studies (postcolonialism, SF and fantasy, postmodernism and feminism) and linguistics (cognitive stylistics and textual analysis, construction grammar, evolution of language, and translation studies). For details see the staff CVs and the list of lectures and seminars.

The NCU English Department boasts two specialized units promoting the culture and literature of two nations, i.e. Canadian Resource Centre and the Centre for Australian Studies, respectively.

The NCU English Department offers three kinds of programs:

  • regular full-time undergraduate studies (a three-year BA program that can be later continued for another two years in a full-time graduate mode);
  • regular full-time graduate studies (a two-year MA program for the holders of the undergraduate degree);
  • its extramural equivalents (two-year long MA studies for the holders of the undergraduate degree, weekend program).
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