Calicut University
BA Functional English
Course Details

BA Functional English Course details, Latest Syllabus, Semester wise subjects and Job opportunities.

What is BA Functional English?

BA Functional English (Bachelor of Arts in Functional English) is a 3-Year Undergraduate degree program divided into 6 semesters which aims to build students Communication Skills, Writing Skills, etc. in English language to an advanced level.

A BA Functional English degree will provide you with knowledge in the basic language skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing). The Course covers wide variety of areas in Linguistics like Grammar and Phonetics.

As English is the Universal Language the Opportunities for Jobs is also high. A good Communication skill in English can get you vast variety of Jobs. A graduate in BA Functional English can find his Career in the fields of Managerial posts like Associate Community Manager, Technical Account Manager, Cross Functional Marketing Manager or work as a Media Writer, Content Writer for Organizations, Copy Writer, Technical Account Assistant, Teacher, Correlation Specialist, Bilingual Translator & Interpreter etc.

After the completion of BA Functional English you can go for post-graduation degrees such as MA Functional English, MA English Literature, MA Gender Studies, MA Mass Communication and Journalism, Master of Social Work (MSW) etc. or even an MBA.

The Fee structure of BA Functional English is around Rs. 9000 per semester (taken account of University of Calicut). The fee can vary according to the type of College you choose whether it is aided or unaided (Government-based or Self financing

The eligibility criteria for this course is to qualify 12th from any recognized board of institution.

Following are the list of Subjects under each Semester in BA Functional English.

 Semester 1

  • Communication Skills in English
  • Literatures in English I (Complementary)
  • Cultural Studies I (Complementary)
  • Common Course
  • Second Language

Semester 2

  • Advanced English Grammar
  • Literatures in English II (Complementary)
  • Cultural Studies II (Complementary)
  • Common Course
  • Second Language

Semester 3

  • Language and Technology
  • Applied Phonetics
  • Literatures in English III (Complementary)
  • Cultural Studies III (Complementary)

Semester 4

  • Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • Business English
  • Literatures in English IV (Complementary)
  • Cultural Studies IV (Complementary)

Semester 5

  • Translation Studies
  • Print Media
  • Theatre for Communication
  • Contemporary Literary Theory
  • Open Course

Semester 6

  • English Language Teaching
  • Electronic Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
  • Elective 1 – Language for Advertising: Theory and Practice
  • Elective 2 – Women Studies
  • Project

About Common Course: In Semester 1&2 there two common course in English and a Second Language (Select as per your choice) along with Core Subjects.

About Complementary Course: There are two Complementary Courses in first four Semesters which is Literature in English and Cultural Studies. They are Type I and Type II respectively and it depends on colleges to choose either of them to be Type I or Type II.

About Project Work: During the final year (sixth semester), you have to submit your main project.

There would be options for you to choose what kind of project you want do for project. (Option would be given from your college.)

Download Calicut University BA Functional English Latest Syllabus

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FAQ's on BA Functional English Course

What is the difference between BA English and BA Functional English?

In BA English Literature, the course is primarily dealing with the language whereas in BA Functional English, it is designed in a way that it deals with the real-life usages of the language.

What should I do after BA FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH?

There are plenty of opportunities for BA Functional English candidates who possess excellent communication skills and good knowledge in English language like bilingual translator and interpreter, Teachers, Caption Writers, Copy Writers, etc. or can go for Media field as a Journalist. Else you can go for Higher studies like MA Functional English, MBA, etc.


Yes, you can go for MBA after qualifying BA Functional English. You need to write Entrance exams in some Colleges before applying for MBA.

What are the Job opportunities BA FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH graduate?

There are various field of Job opportunities for BA Functional English graduates like: Teacher, Copy writer, Bilingual translator, Technical manager, Opportunities in Media fields or with experience and good communication skill you can get some Jobs in Managerial level like: Associate Community Manager, Technical Account Manager, etc.

What are the Subjects in BA Functional English?

The Core Subjects that covers in BA Functional English are: Communication Skills in English, Advanced English Grammar, Language and Technology, Applied Phonetics, Literatures in English, Fundamentals of Linguistics, Business English, Translation Studies, Creative Writing, etc.


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