Since 1995, the Department of English Studies has been functional as one of the three departments that constitute the Institute of English and American Studies, and also as one of the largest departments at the University of Szeged. Relying on the achievements of its predecessor, the former Department of English Language and Literature, our department has been successful in establishing its national and international reputation by high quality research and teaching activities, projects and frameworks of cooperation. The careers of our graduates, our specialization programs, publications and international conferences are indicative of the wide spectrum of academic fields that the members of our faculty specialize in.
The Department of English Studies is responsible for the operation of the BA Program in English Studies as well as the MA Program which carries three specialization tracks: English Applied Linguistics, Interdisciplinary Study of Culture, Gender through Literatures and Cultures in English.
Our research activities are focused on the following academic fields:
- Applied Linguistics
- Gender Studies
- Interdisciplinary Theories of Cultural Representations
- Renaissance and Shakespearean Studies
- Theoretical Linguistics
We regularly organize and host the following national and international conferences:
- Current Directions in Hungarian Shakespeare Scholarship
- Iconography East and West
- Language, Ideology, Media
We have been contributing to the publication and editing of the academic series of the Institute, Papers in English and American Studies, as well as the series Iconology and Interpretation [Ikonológia és Műértelmezés] which has by now become one of the most important scholarly forums for research into the mediatization and the visual aspects of cultural representations.
Two research groups are active under the auspices of the English Department:
the Research Group for Cultural Iconology and Semiography, and the Research Group for Gender Studies.
Members of the department faculty include 2 emeritus full professors, 5 dr. habil. and 1 associate professors.