The Department of English Language and Literature has been established since the establishment of An-Najah National University in 1978. Over the years, the Department advanced in curriculum plans, number and ranks of staff, quality and number of students, as well as academic programs incorporated in the Department, including a post-graduate Applied Linguistics and Translation program, and a diploma in American Studies; the Department also offers an English minor to students of other departments.
Thousands of students have graduated from the English Language and Literature department, and have sought employment in Palestine and abroad. The Department works vigorously to stay up to date with the ongoing advances in pedagogy, technology and other sciences, in general, in order to produce better graduates able to adapt to the social and market needs of domestic and international work fields.

The Department of English Language and Literature at An-Najah National University provides its graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and training so that they become active civilians in their country, the Arab region and the world. It also improves their critical thinking skills in accordance with their heritage and culture, scientific research potentials and acquisition of knowledge. Furthermore, the Department enhances the principles of vocational guidance and leadership in response to the reality of the world in learning and education.
The Department of English Language and Literature provides English language learning opportunities to prepare students to the jobs requiring excellence . It also encourages research in the field of learning to solve problems, since the Department provides the educational environment which leads to creative critical thinking. The Department takes responsibility for providing Palestinian and Arab markets with culturally and nationally enlightened graduates who are professionally and intellectually reliable. Regardless of the hardships, the graduates find their way towards success to become leaders in disseminating information and knowledge wherever there is a need for it. Through their study, these students learn to become eloquent interlocutors, and world civilization participants who respect diversity, and appreciate others’ ideas.

They are to help students to

  1. employ their English language expertise and skills in serving their community and/or other communities in the region or the world at large.
  2. acquire the skills of critical and creative thinking, problem solving and decision making.
  3. seek cultural exchange to make the required intellectual impact on the cultural rapprochement.
  4. develop the capacity for independent and continuous learning.
  5. promote the ability to work within a team and accept different views.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
 It is expected that by the end of their B.A. study, students should be able to do effectively and efficiently the following:

  1. use the English language effectively in writing and conversation and in different contexts in oral and written forms.
  2. translate to and from the Arabic and English languages and cultures.
  3. write linguistic and literary scientific research which serves their area of specialization.
  4. teach English language in Palestine, the Arab World and possibly other countries.
  5. handle well the culture and technical practice to be employed in the daily life, labor market, education and learning

 BA Programs

  1. English Language and Literature (single specialization)
  2. Major: English Language and Literature /Minor: French
  3. Major English Language and Literature/Minor American Studies

 * MA Program in Applied Linguistics & Translation

Successive Chairpersons:

2022- Now:
  • 2021-2022

    Dr. Ahmad Qabaha

  • 2020- 2021:

    Dr.Sufyan Abuarrah

  • 2014- 2020

    Dr. Ekrema Shehab

  • 2013-2014

    Odeh Juma H Mohammad Odeh

  • 2010-2013

    Fayez Mohammad Abdel-Rahman Aql

  • 2008-2010

    Odeh Juma H Mohammad Odeh

  • 2007-2008

    Ayman Rafeeq Hussein Nazzal

  • 2005-2007

    Abdel-Kareem Tawfiq Daraghmeh

  • 2003-2005

    Abdallah Hamed Hamad Salhab

  • 1999-2003

    Odeh Juma H Mohammad Odeh