DT 517

BA (Hons) Languages & English Studies

Course Description


With marketable graduate attributes in mind, DT517 aims to cultivate sophistication in English while advancing proficiency in a foreign language.

Languages include French, German, Spanish

Subject to sufficient numbers, German and Spanish may run at both Post Leaving Certificate level AND beginners level.

The Entry Requirements are six Leaving Certificate subjects, including minimum grades of 2 H5s, O6/H7 in Maths and H4 in English.

Download BA English Studies and Languages Programme Structure

          This B.A. fosters competence in French, German, or Spanish alongside an enriched understanding of English.  Fluency of expression is a key priority in the world of work, and the aim of this programme is to increase linguistic versatility in every respect.  It is delivered over four years through three strands of subject matter including composition skills, literary studies, and language learning and teaching.  Graduates will be proficient communicators in their chosen European language and highly adept at text analysis and production in English.

          English modules include literature, composition, and linguistics, as well as cultural studies, cinema, and the teaching of English as a second language. French, German, and Spanish modules develop spoken competence, written accuracy, and intercultural understanding through translation and literary analysis.

          This four-year honours programme involves three years of study in the DIT and one year abroad at a partner institution in the country of the foreign language.  Alternatively, qualified students in Year Three may undertake an English language teaching assistantship in France, Germany, or Spain.

Year One

French/German/Spanish:  Language, Culture & Society; Communication; Modern Literature

English:  Composition & Writing Skills; Communicative Fluency; Text & Narrative; Text & Research; Introduction to Cultural Image & Identity; Cinema of the English Speaking World

Year Two

French/German/Spanish:  Translation; Professional Communication; Contemporary Literature

English:  American Vantage Points; Introduction to Linguistics; Text for Stage & Screen; Intercultural Studies; Language Learning & Teaching

Year Three

Abroad:  Study at Partner University or English Language Teaching Assistantship

Year Four

French/German/Spanish:  Current Affairs; Translation Studies; Literary & Critical Studies

English:  Modernism and English Literature; English Literature of Ireland; Creative Writing; Writing for Professional Purposes; Teaching English as a Foreign Language;  Dissertation

  • At a glance
  • Level 8
  • Duration 4 years

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  • Dr. Sascha Harris
  • sascha.harris@dit.ie
  • 402 4919
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The combination of a European language with English will widen career paths for graduates both within Ireland and internationally.  Bilingual communicators with critically refined understandings of the spoken and written word are prized in many fields of work including business, education, media, and government. 


Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may qualify for a range of post-graduate degrees in DIT and elsewhere, nationally and internationally.