DEPARTMENT OF AMERICAN CULTURE AND LITERATURE
Head of the Department
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Department of American Culture and Literature was established in 1957 under the chairmanship of Prof. İrfan Şahinbaş. The first academicians who specialized in the field were graduated from Department of American Culture and Literature. The students who are qualified for four years postgraduate education in Department of American Culture and Literature must be successful in English Proficiency Exam, which is provided by School of Foreign Languages. In the first two years of undergraduate study, a great importance is assigned to English language training. The students are taught introduction lessons to literature types and American novel, poem and theater in addition to advanced English lessons beginning from the second year. The courses also include information on American culture and history. The students are also offered courses such as Ancient Literature, Mythology and Latin I-II, Aesthetic and Philosophy of Art as part of Europe Union Socrates-Erasmus Higher Education Programme. Students are allowed to attend elective courses of other departments or sub-departments mainly department of English Language and Literature. Language of education is English except translation courses. The students are required to prepare undergraduate thesis of 8-10 thousand words as a special study in order to carry out independent research and study on a certain subject. The students write their undergraduate thesis on an author or a cultural research subject, which they choose from their lessons in their department. Providing training for masters and doctor’s degree, the Department of American Culture and Literature alternately offers post graduate courses and seminars on Modern American Literature, American Cinema, Women Authors, Literary Criticism and Theories and Literary Analyzing Methods. Students can start teaching at primary and high schools affiliated with the Ministry of National Education by attending “English Teaching Certificate” upon their wish. Career opportunities for the graduates of the Department of American Culture and Literature are quite diverse. While some of our graduates work as teachers in primary schools, high schools and universities or private schools, others work at ministries, banks and companies.