Nanjing Audit University set up the English Major (English Language and Literature) in 2011 and has achieved considerable development in the disciplines represented by English and American Literature, Linguistics, Translation as well as English and American Culture after several years’ efforts. Each discipline is lead by professors or associate professors and a research team with a reasonable structure in age and education background is well formed. At present, there are 4 professors, 12 associate professors, 7 lecturers. Most of them are PhD or PhD candidates equipped with excellent teaching and research ability. The employment rate and level of graduates remain high and many graduates were admitted to famous universities belonging to the "211" or “985” projects as well as many other universities abroad in the developed countries. Most of the graduates now work in educational, governmental, financial and trade sectors as well as in the foreign-founded enterprises.
The major of English (English Language and Literature) has the following features and advantages, namely, "wideness" (language skills training), "thickness" (professional skills training) and "flexibility" (adaptation skills training), etc. The development mode of "wideness" focuses on the cultivation of students’ linguistic competence. To put it in another way, it’s centered on the penetration of students' English knowledge and the expansion of their ability and it focuses on the cultivation and improvement of language skills: listening, reading, writing, translation and especially the speaking skills. It aims at cultivating students with broad professional knowledge, basic humanistic knowledge and solid English skills so as to meet the needs of lifelong education and society development. "Thickness" focuses on the cultivation of professional ability, which means to broaden the professional knowledge, to lay a solid foundation for the knowledge of English language and literature and to focus on the improvement of English communicative competence and systematic teaching of language and literature. "Flexibility" focuses on the adaption ability, which is to enhance the flexibility of future job-hunting. The curriculum setting should give full respect to students' learning autonomy through professional electives or interdisciplinary elective courses, and we’ll also adjust the course content of professional elective courses according to market changes to enhance graduate vocational ability and competition ability.