Welcome to English studies at Karlstad University. We are proud of our internationally diverse academic staff. At Karlstad University you will study English with experienced teachers from four continents and will be exposed to a truly global perspective on English and its varieties worldwide.
Ongoing internationalisation means that language skills and cultural understanding are becoming increasingly valuable competencies in many fields. Studying English means acquiring the knowledge and tools needed to interact with the rest of the world, and to lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Studying English also opens up many exciting benefits and career opportunities.
As a university subject, English is concerned with studying the language and its use, as well as English-language cultures and the way these cultures are expressed, for example, in literature, film and the mass media. Undergraduate courses in English cover three areas: linguistics, language proficiency, and literary and cultural studies. For a list of our courses, see Courses under ‘Education’ in the menu bar to the right.
We also offer the opportunity to study abroad through our international exchange programmes.
At Karlstad University, English has two distinct research fields: linguistics and English literature
In English literature, our research projects cover a wide range of areas. Current projects include research into Renaissance literature, nineteenth-century American literature, the Nordic Gothic, and the borderland between literature and rhetoric.
Research in English linguistics also spans a wide field, including areas such as English syntax, semantics and pragmatics, second language acquisition, language teaching, conversation analysis, and bi/multilingualism.
Doctoral students in English are currently writing dissertations on a diverse range of topics: post-apocalyptic science fiction; religious imagery in Dickens; the teaching of English as a foreign language in China; form in Cormac McCarthy; English as a Lingua Franca; family language policy in English-Swedish bilingual families; and fairy figures in the modern fantasy genre.
Several teachers are involved in The Centre for Language and Literature in Education (CSL), an umbrella group for teachers and researchers specialising in teaching methodology, and in KuFo, a strong research group in culture studies.
- The Uses of Aesthetics. September 12-14, 2019
- ASLA 2018 – Biennial Symposium of the Swedish Association of Applied Linguistics, upcoming, April 12-13, 2018
- OFTI 35 – Områdesgruppen för forskning om tal och interaktion, September 21–22, 2017
- Erotema – A Conference on Rhetoric and Literature, September 14–16, 2017
- “Gothic and Uncanny Explorations”, 2014
- “Currents and Counter-Currents. The 23rd biannual conference for the Nordic Association for American Studies”, 2013
- “Space, Haunting, Discourse”, 2006
- “Memory, Haunting, Discourse/Discourse, Haunting, Memory”, 2004
- SWESSE – National Forum for English Studiesof the Swedish Society for the Study of English, 1999