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AB in English in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in English (ABE) is a four-year degree program that centers on the theoretical aspects and practical applications of the English language and literature. Its curriculum is designed to equip students with proper knowledge and skills for them to become articulate English speakers and achieve a high level of English proficiency; and apply it government and law, education, media, business, and the industry as an official language of the Philippines.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in English are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Basic Communication Subjects
  • Preparatory English I & II
  • Business  Communication
  • History of the English Language
  • Advanced English Grammar
  • The literature of the World

  • Children’s Literature
  • Phonology
  • Socio-linguistics
  • Research Writing
  • Technical Writing

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in English are expected to be able to:

  • Explain the English language system and development comprehensively
  • Fluently, accurately, and creatively communicate in English in a diverse social, cultural, academic, and professional settings
  • Facilitate learning of the English language
  • Effectively participate in oral communications where language systems may vary
  • Produce well-written texts for different academic and professional purposes

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in any educational institutions, government offices, publishing companies, and production companies.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The AB in English does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in English may pursue a career path in educational institutions, government offices, publishing companies, and production companies. They may apply as an English teacher, English tutor, language trainor, English translator, marketing communications specialist, public relations officer, and an academician.

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Reviews of AB in English graduates:

L. F.
◈ Studied AB in English
◈ At Polytechnic University of the Philippines
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose English: I wanted to be a better writer. I thought that majoring in English would give me enough chances to hone my skill set.

list bulletAbout my college education: Majoring in English was very a fun time in my life. I studied literature, linguistics, communication, translation, foreign language, TESL, and even debate, among others.

As a liberal arts degree, it's level of difficulty is not exceedingly high, and anyone can pass it's exams if they study hard enough. Subjective exams are also very common. In fact, I don't remember answering a lot of objective-type tests when I was in college.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a writer and editor for a company that provides online English tutorial services to students based in Japan. I take part in the format development and production of materials for ESL learners.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Everything I learned in college would have been more useful if I were a language teacher.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was already working as a part-time online English teacher before I graduated. A month after graduation, I worked as a creative writer and staff trainer before landing my current job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying English: Contrary to popular opinion, employment opportunities for English majors aren't really that slim. You just have to find your niche (e.g. Writing or teaching) and be ready to work your way around it. English majors, depending on their skills and interests, can become writers, teachers, public speakers, and even lawyers.

The salary, however, is not as desirable as in other professions. If you wish to earn as much money as possible, this major is not for you.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Think twice before majoring in English. Don't treat this field as an easy route out of college. While it's demands are not as high as other majors, you are still expected to deliver a high level of excellence when studying, especially in areas that concern writing and teaching.
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