The Department of English was one among the pioneering departments of Sree Narayana College, Kollam at the time of its inception in 1948. The academic activities of the college were historically set rolling with an inaugural lecture in English for undergraduate students in that year in the presence of its founder Sri R. Sankar. The first-generation faculty has been hand-picked by the visionary Founder from among the best academics in English available at that time. The acclaimed Indian poet in English A.K. Ramanujan had been one among them. Since then, the department has had a history of consistent performance in excellence, both in academic achievements of the students as well as that of the faculty.
BA English Language & Literature course was started in the year 1957 and the department was upgraded as a Postgraduate department in 1961, and as a Ph.D. Research Centre in 1991. Dr. S. Sreenivasan was instrumental in upgrading the department to a Research Centre. During his tenureship as the Head of the Department, the research centre conducted one-year Part-time M. Phil Course from 1991 to 1993. It has, over the years, bagged university ranks, both at the UG and PG levels, while consistently maintaining the sheen of its overall results. The Research Centre has so far produced 25 Ph.Ds., and currently 12 scholars are pursuing their Ph.D. at the centre under the supervision of 3 Research Guides. Scores of our MA students have been successful in clearing the NET/JRF and are now either teaching at various colleges in the State or are doing research for PhD. The department faculty consists of 16 well-qualified teachers who, alongside teaching, are also engaged in research and extension activities.
The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism started functioning in 2014 and is currently integrated with the Department of English. The specialized UG programme BA in Journalism, Mass Communication and Video Production includes Journalism and Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Visual Communication and Practical along with Language Studies through complementary courses. The Programme gives practical as well as theoretical knowledge in Print, Online, Visual Media and industry-relevant skills with the aid of a well-equipped Media Lab, besides getting the students placed in the fields of Journalism, Advertising and Film. The department has produced many University rank holders and the majority of our students seek higher education in various Indian and foreign universities.
Aims: A comprehensive learning of the foundations of communication studies and a training on the practical aspects of mass communication is necessary to pursue a structured academic and professional activity in the field of mass media. The course gives exposure to the fundamentals of communication and media studies and enables a discussion on the concepts and perspectives of journalism.
Outcome: The course exposes the students to the basics of communication studies and familiarize them with every aspect of communication and social science. Thus, it is expected that students will be able to catch up with emerging technological advancements and will be exposed to learn and experience both the visual and virtual world.
Aims: Books, and the authors who write them, have a complex relationship with the societies that produce them. This course will help students develop both an understanding and an appreciation of some of the complexities involved in the production and reception of world literature.
Outcome: This course offers a comprehensive understanding of the discipline of literary studies. It also contributes to the realm of knowledge production with an increased intellectual, creative, critical and multi-disciplinary capabilities.
Aims: To enable students to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of selected text. This course also aims at developing in students an appreciation of the nuances of literary language through an understanding of the way the English language functions.
Outcome: To demonstrate the ability to engage critically with a wide range of selected text by offering interpretation and evaluation from multiple perspectives. It is also hoped that the students can also demonstrate the research and language skills necessary to do independent and innovative research.