Bachelor of English Language and Literature (BAELL)

As a student in the Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature (BAELL) program, you will acquire skills in English-language teaching (TESOL) and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of trends in linguistics, critical analysis, translation studies, and English, American and world literature. The three strands of the program – TESOL, Linguistics, and Literature – each focus on different learning outcomes, but all can be applied to the wider market of language teaching and education. At the same time, you will develop skills in critical thinking and literary analysis that are part of the portfolio of qualifications for today’s well-rounded professional and informed graduate of the Liberal Arts.

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Strengths of the BAELL Program

The program offers solid theoretical grounding, research-based teaching & practice-based activities to improve your employability in an international marketplace. We focus on the individual student and have a passionate commitment to teaching—together with the varied range of courses you would find in larger institutions. Program strengths include the following:

  • A choice of three different areas of study in English Language and Anglophone Literature:
    • Linguistics (areas of concentration include discourse analysis and sociolinguistics)
    • Literature (areas of concentration include international literature, film studies, cultural theory, and creative writing)
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; methodologies and pedagogy)
  • Hellenic American University’s B.A. in English Language and Literature is the only undergraduate degree in Greece to include a program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that has been accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The CEA is recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions.
  • A wide selection of electives such as Semiotics and Film, Language and Gender, The Short Story, Masterpieces of 20th Century Theater, Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Translation Studies.
  • Exposure to faculty actively involved with research and with broad professional experience in their fields of expertise.
  • Faculty mentoring and personal support for your academic and professional development of each student.
  • The opportunity to earn internationally recognized professional certifications such as the TESOL Diploma.
  • Ability to earn a minor in areas such as Sustainability, Psychology, Theater, Translation or a double major in any of the University’s other degree programs.
  • A flexible class schedule, with afternoon, evening and e-learning courses to accommodate students’ work schedules.
  • Opportunities to present student work in larger public forums such as the annual Student Research Conference.
  • Career counseling and networking opportunities through the Career Development Office during and after your studies.

BAELL Career Paths

The program provides a well-rounded education in which you not only acquire professional teaching skills, but also develop character, intellectual breadth, social skills and self-confidence. You’ll acquire the credentials needed to build a career in the fields of teaching (particularly for those in the TESOL strands), linguistics, and research in areas of cultural studies, translation and literature. You will also be prepared to continue your studies at the graduate level in one of the Master's or Ph.D. programs offered by the university.

Degree Recognition

Students who successfully complete the degree program with the TESOL concentration and obtain recognition of professional equivalence for their degree from the Greek Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports can apply for a teaching license, which will allow to teach in foreign-language schools. In addition, as per Law 4653/2020, graduates are also eligible to seek employment as teachers in primary and secondary schools.

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Program Structure

You will need to complete a total of 40 courses including a mandatory Practicum (121 credits) to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature degree. Full-time students may complete the program in 8 semesters, while part-time students will need between 5 to 8 years to complete their degree, depending on the number of courses taken each semester. An academic year includes two semesters, each semester running for 15 weeks. Consult the Hellenic American University website for a detailed list and description of courses in the degree program.

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What students and graduates say about the program

  • I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hellenic American College and I have gained a lot, academically and personally. The BAELL program is welcoming and encourages students to achieve their full potential. I found the lectures stimulating and up-to-date, and the classroom environment highly conducive to learning. The instructors are friendly, supportive, and always available to listen to your concerns and help you. Generally, the HAEC community has great vibes and aims at aiding its students in the best way possible.

    • Margarita Kyritsi
    • BAELL ‘20
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