The Department of American literature and Culture at Ege University aims to enable students to reach their full intellectual potential through a liberal arts education. Studying literature, language, and related humanistic disciplines equips students with the necessary skills to understand not only the ideas, attitudes, and values of their own culture but those of others as well. The Department of American Culture and Literature was established in 1992 in response to Turkey’s growing need for education that conforms to international standards. The objective of the program is to develop students’ ability to make critical analysis in many areas of social sciences and to be able to express their ideas orally and in written form. As the importance of borders and boundaries has diminished in this era of internationalization and the Internet, it has seemed appropriate to bring the related disciplines of literary and cultural studies together. In an age of globalization, the department offers a wide choice of courses offering insight into both the American and the international agenda. The result of this curriculum is to encourage a comparative perspective on the world.
Over the years, we have noted that our graduates enjoy productive careers in the public and private sectors of Turkey and countries abroad, in such fields as business finance, government, international relations, education, the media, technology, and the arts, to name only a few. The academic year at the Faculty of Letters is comprised of two semesters of 15 weeks each. The undergraduate program of the Department of American Culture and Literature is a 4-years, 8 semesters program. The student of the Department of American Culture and Literature has to pass all the courses of those 8 semesters successfully in order to obtain a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
With 11 faculty members, The Department of American Culture and Literature has an average enrolment of 200 undergraduate students. Faculty facilities include a central library, fully equipped computer laboratories and a conference hall. Courses are assessed by written examinations, submitted coursework essays and presentations. The students are required to attend 70% of the classes. Final grades usually consist of one midterm and one final exam and the students has to get 60 points out of 100 to be able to pass a course.