I am delighted to welcome you to the Department of English at American University of Sharjah. The department is a diverse, energetic community, with students and faculty from all over the world. We offer an undergraduate degree in English language and literature, and a graduate degree in TESOL. In addition to its internationally recognized, peer-tutored Writing Center, the Department of English also offers a number of compulsory classes that develop academic literacy. These range from first-year writing courses, to the more specialized ESP courses for business or engineering students. A number of the department’s literature and creative writing courses are also very popular with non-majors fulfilling general education requirements. The department publishes AUS students’ creative and academic work in a number of online publications and hosts other creative activities, such as open-mic evenings.
Our faculty are very active in a broad range of research activities in English language, literature, TESOL, academic literacy development, creativity, gender and cultural studies, rhetoric and critical argumentation. Some of these are interdisciplinary, others are highly specialized, discipline-specific studies. Our wide-ranging scholarship activities inform our teaching, and we try to involve our students in our research whenever possible.
University is an exciting and challenging experience for students and that begins in the department’s first- year courses, which aim to support a rewarding first-year experience. We are well placed to advise our major students from their first day at the university with our courses, which help develop their awareness of their future preferences as they look forward to their more specialized degree study. Our overarching aim is to provide all our students with the most inspiring, rewarding and well-rounded university experience possible. We are constantly integrating new ideas and new technology into our teaching to ensure high student satisfaction ratings. We offer our students focused guidance on career choices. We also feel it is equally important to help our students to fulfil their potential and to prepare them for the kind of lifelong learning needed for their future careers in a multifaceted and ever-changing world.