Welcome to the Department of English at Umm Al-Qura University where a long history of expertise in teaching meets a renewed interest in different fields of study. Our department combines the study of English literature with applied and theoretical linguistics and translation studies. Joining our department is your chance to specialize in English language studies and related literature, which will prepare and qualify you to work in the field of teaching English, as well as a number of governmental jobs and those of the private sector; this is in addition to being your gateway to higher education and the world of academic research.
Establishment and Development
The first building block in laying down the groundwork for the Department of English Language came in 1382 A.H., upon the establishment of the Department of Social Studies and English Language at the College of Education. In the year 1385 A.H., after the bylaw of the College of Education was issued, the Department of English Language was separated from the Department of Social Studies, becoming an independent department with its own objectives and programs.
The Department of English Language was then affiliated to the College of Social Sciences, which was introduced at the beginning of the academic year 1404/1405 A.H. Accordingly, the objectives of the department have developed based on its new specializations.