The vision of the Department of English Literature at Government College University is to enable the students to cope with the radical changes taking place in the field of knowledge and to stimulate humanistic learning and the capacity to respond rationally and imaginatively to literature and the life it reflects. Through the advancement of knowledge, skills and human creativity, the Department prepares students to be independent and enlightened thinkers, professionals and opinion leaders of tomorrow.
The mission of the English Department Literature at Government College University is to inspire an appreciation for the English language and its literatures, and to cultivate its effective use in creative expression and day-to-day life. The Department strives to enhance student success by fostering an environment conducive to intellectual and personal growth and aims to preserve and protect academic freedom and intellectual independence, and provide a forum for critical inquiry and debate. Our mission is to instill in the students a spirit of critical inquiry, capability to look beyond their parochial surroundings and analytical vision to place and define themselves in the wider social, cultural, political and ideological environment. Through our extensive curriculum, we aim at development of an educated and enlightened population capable of informed judgment and responsible citizenship and the availability of persons who have the knowledge, skills and adaptability required by public and private enterprise.
The Department of English Literature is one of the leading departments of the University with a rich history of excellence, quality teaching and research spanning over decades. The Department has always been committed to the symbiotic relationship of teaching, research and the larger concerns of society. The Department of English seeks to provide for the diverse needs of its students by offering them the opportunity to read widely, to understand and enjoy what they read, and to express themselves both orally and in writing with ease, force and clarity. The English Department maintains its strong commitment to traditional areas of study, while also supporting groundbreaking research and teaching in new and interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies. Courses are designed to be challenging, interesting and intellectually stimulating. The state of the art courses like Post-Colonial Literature, Modern Literary Theory, Literature around the World and Pakistani Literature in English, Popular Narrative, Media and Culture Studies and Comparative Literature have been added in the curriculum to give a diverse perspective to the students and to convey knowledge of literary history, literary forms and literary theory.
The Department grants BS, MA, and M Phil degrees. We are one of the largest departments in the university with over 30 faculty members. The Department of English caters for the needs of other departments related to English language, hence maintaining close ties with other departments. English Department teaches across the whole range of English literature and language studies. Our aim is to provide students with a stimulating environment in which to develop skills in all areas of English.