The Department of English

Situated in one of the oldest buildings in the city’s historical centre, the Department of English at the University of Basel conducts research and teaching in English linguistics and Anglophone literary and cultural studies at a high level of excellence. We offer our students a supportive environment in which to work towards either a BA, MA or a PhD degree in English.

The Department consists of about 20 full-time and part-time instructors and around 500 undergraduate and graduate students. Our four chairs cover the Linguistics of English, Cognitive Linguistics and Language Acquisition Research, English Literature since the Renaissance, and North American and General Literature. Our teaching is informed by current research, and our staff are involved in research projects, both individually and within national and international networks.

Out activities, can be gleaned from our individual publication lists and websites as well as our annual reports.

Posters created for the Golden Jubilee exhibition, November 2019 (design: Daniela Keller)