Department of English

Introduction from the Head of Department

The Department of English offers quality education through its rigorous programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels, offering BS/MPhil & PhD degrees. Communication skills, critical thinking and academic freedom are its fundamental commitments. Students are encouraged to learn, ask questions, think out of-the-box and analyze. The courses offered aim to broaden and deepen the understanding of the relationship between linguistics, literature and society. The department endeavours to ensure the development of students’ learning as well as personality grooming.

Our Vision

The vision of the department is to foster intellectual and philosophical vitality through teaching and research in the field of English Literature and Linguistics with a view to enhance critical and analytical thinking of the students.

Our Mission

The department endeavors to prepare graduates for the real-world challenges by inculcating critical and creative thinking and an understanding of diverse literature, linguistics and command of essential writing skills.

Our Objectives

  1. To provide excellent, accessible and affordable learning opportunities including new

trends in research.

  1. To prepare productive and responsible citizens by motivating undergraduate and

graduate students and researchers in the area of language, linguistics and English


  1. To engage students in academic activities in order to promote analytical reasoning.
  2. To facilitate students in developing intellectual flexibility, creativity and cultural


Dr. Humaira Riaz

Greetings, from the Head, Department of English! City University Peshawar(CUSIT) English Department welcomes you to visit our website. We offer both undergraduate in English and Graduate/Post Graduate /MA in English Literature and Linguistics. The Department of English at CUSIT is unique that its undergraduate programme brings together different but related areas of study: Literature and Linguistics. MA in English has two major streams, MA in Linguistics and MA in Literature. We strongly believe after a four and two year journey with English Department CUSIT, a graduate will be a better suit anywhere in his field. Our motto of the department is “Learn English, Earn Success”.
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Programs Offered in
English Department

BS-English (Linguistics & Literature)

MS/MPhil (Linguistics & Literature)

Ph.D English (Linguistics/Literature)

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Diploma & Certification

BS Psychology

English Department Events

Research & Publications

Ali, Z., Sheikh, S., & Khan, T. (2021). Constitutive Features of Deliberate Language Shift: A Case Study of Afghan Immigrants as a Community of Practice. University Of Chitral Journal of Linguistics & Literature, 5(I), 216-229. doi:10.33195/jll. v5iI.285

Ali, Z., Kainat, H.I; Khan, T. (2021) Language Shift and Maintenance: The case study of Hindko Community in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language, 7(2), 71-84.

Qadeer, A., Tahir, A., Ilyas, M, C, & Ali, Z . (2021). Discursive Practices of Pakistani Press through Headlines in Shaping up Political Realities. Erevna Journal of Linguistics and Literature, 4(2), 50-68.

Khan, T., Masroor, F., Ali, Z., Ahmad, N., N. (2020). An Acoustic Analysis of Back Vowels among Punjabi English Speakers in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Languages and Translation Studies (PJLTS), 8(1), 169-190.

Behavioural Pattern Towards English Language Learning. Pakistan Journal of Distance and Online Learning, 6(1), 129-142. Available online at content/uploads/2020/07/7TariqZulfiqarFarzana.pdf

Khan, T., Ali, Z., Masroor, F. (2020). Impact of Teaching Practices on Learners’

Newspaper Opinion Discourse across Cultures. The Dialogue, 15(1), 176-187.

Masroor, F., Khan, T., Ali, Z. (2020). ‘Credibility’ through Attribution to Sources in

Ali, Z., Masroor, F., Khan, T. (2020). Exploring Difference in Gender Perceptions Towards Teacher's Motivational Behaviour in English Language Classroom. Journal of Business and Social Review in Emerging Economies, 6(1), 333-340.

Ali, Z., Masroor, F., Khan, T. (2020). Creating Positive Classroom Environment for Learners’ Motivation Towards Communicative Competence in the English Language. Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan, 57(1), 317-328.

Masroor, F., Khan, T., Ali, Z. (2020). First Person Plural Pronouns for Written Argumentation in Media Discourse. Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan, 57(1), 103-113.

Bibi, I., Khan, T., Ali, Z. (2019). An Analysis of Parental Role in Socialisation of Children in Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences (PJSS), 39(4), 1283-1293.

English Language Learning Through the Application of Language Acquisition Theories. The Dialogue, 14(4), 174-183. Available online at

Ali, Z., Khan, T., Masroor, F. (2019). Managing Young Learners’ Motivation Towards

Khan, T., Ahmad, A., Ali, Z. (2019). Islam and Woman in the Contemporary Arab World: An Interpretation of Rajaa al-Sanea’s Girls of Riyadh from Islamic Feminist Perspective. Journal of Islamic &Religious Studies, 4(2), 71-81. Available online at

Masroor, F., Khan, Q. N., Aib, I., & Ali, Z. (2019). Polarization and Ideological Weaving in Twitter Discourse of Politicians. Social Media+ Society, 5(4),

Ali, Z (2012). Exploring an effective system of Evaluation of Assessment at Postgraduate level: A case study of Universities of District Peshawar’ Published in CURJ

Ali, Z., Masroor, F. (2017). Determining Teacher’s Role in Influencing Learners’ Emotional Attitude towards Learning of English Language’ Publish in Alama Iqbal Open University Journal

Riaz, H. (2016). Recreating History through Language: Allegorical Significance of Suleri’s Meatless Days Abasyn Journal of Social Sciences –2221-6782. Special Issue: AIC 2016 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (HEC Category X Journal 2016).

Riaz, H., & Babie,R. (2015). Inner Alienation: Diasporic Consciousness in Kamila Shamsie’s Salt and Saffron Published in Advances in Language and Literary Studies ISSN: 2203-4714 Vol. 6 No. 5; August 2015. Australian International Academic Centre, Australia

Riaz, H., (2016). Human Adaptation: Ecological Study of The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Proceedings of 2nd International Multi-Disciplinary Conference 19-20 December 2016, Gujrat University Pakistan.

Riaz, H., (2018). A Critical Enquiry of Racism ‘within the idioms of religion’ in America. FWU Journal of Social Sciences, Winter 2018, Vol.12, No.2, 12-23 HEC Category ‘X’

Riaz, H., (2020). Islamophobia: Literature Review of its Definitions and Early Twenty First Century approximations. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation ISSN: 1475-7192. Volume 24, Issue 6. 2020. Pages: 821-833. HEC Category Y. Scopus Indexed.

Sohail, J., Riaz, H., &Khan, T. (2020). ‘Talk of Sunlight’: Exploring Ecofeminism through Metaphors in Selected Poems of Daud Kamal Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL) HEC Category Y Journal. Vol. 7 No. 1 (2020): Vol 7 (1) 2020.

Riaz, H. (2020). Gender Discursive Practices: From Texts Books to Pakistani Urdu Digests. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology. ISSN: 1567-214X. 17(7) 2020. Scopus Indexed. HEC ‘Y’ category. December 2,2020.

Ishtiaq, M., Riaz, H., Ullah, I., &Ali, Z. (2021). Representation of ‘Queer Troubles’ in The Kite Runner and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Ilkogretim Online - Elementary Education Online, Year 2021; Vol. 20 (Issue 4): pp. 1358-1365. HEC Category X, Scopus Indexed.

Shah, A. & Riaz, H., & Ahmad, S. (2021). ‘Irreversible Damage to Psyche’: Representation of Trauma in Fatima Bhutto’s Narratives Ilkogretim Online - Elementary Education Online, Year 2021. Vol. 20 (Issue 4): pp. 1358-1365. HEC Category X, Scopus Indexed.

Riaz, H., (2021). Innocent Texts Conspiring with Imperial Desire: A Critique of Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran Linguistics and Literature Review. 2021. VOL 7 NO 1. 43-55. HEC Category Y Journal.

Iqbal, S. & Riaz H. (2021). ‘War As Remedy or Poison’: Reading The Blind Man's Garden And The Kite Runner With A Critical Lens Of Mbembe’s Necropolitics Journal Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews. Vol.9 No.3. HEC Category W. May, 2021. Scopus Indexed.

Nazeer, S. Riaz, H., & Khan, M. (2021). The Working of Masculine Mind Vs Feminine Mind in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Psychology and Education. Pages. 5761-5769 Volume. 58. No. 5 HEC Category Y, Scopus Indexed. 2021.

Riaz, H., Shah,A.,& Ahmad,S. (2021). Veiled Chronicles of Race And Gender: Re-conceptualizing Intersectionality in American Fiction. Palarch’s Journal Of Archaeology Of Egypt/Egyptology 18(10), 1283- 1294. ISSN 1567-214x. September 12, 2021. HEC Category X (Humanities), Scopus Indexed.

Riaz, H., Muhammad. N., & Mirza,E. Politics of Aurat March: A Gendered Neo-Liberalist Insight Into International Women's Day Celebration In Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Social Research ISSN 2710-3129 (P) 2710-3137 (O) Vol. 3, No. 4, December 2021, pp. 590-598 HEC Category Y.

Usman, R., Riaz, H. & Ishtiaq, M. (2021). A Comparative Study of the Lexical Differences in Speech of the Graduate Working and Non-Working Women in District Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. FWU Journal of Social Sciences, Winter 2021, Vol.15, No.4, 114-131 DOI: pp.115-130. HEC Category Y.

Riaz, H. & Khan, T. (2021)., Coronavirus Rhetoric in Pakistani Media: A ‘Solution Aversion’ Pandemic Situation, Erevna: Journal of Linguistics and Literature: Vol. 5 No. 2 (2021): Erevna Journal of Linguistics and Literature. HEC Category ‘Y’.

Zahid, M., Arif, M., & Riaz, H. (2022). Extension and Continuation of the Colonized Misrepresentation of the Pakhtun Society: An Analysis of the selected Narrative. Global Language Review (GLR). HEC Category ‘Y’.

Shah, M. & Riaz, H. (2022). Understanding Women’s English Writings as a Paradigm of Resistance. Journal of International Women’s Studies. Volume 24, Issue 1 May 2022. HEC Category ‘X’.

Riaz, H. & Shah. A. (2022). Claustrophobia in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane: Negotiating the Past with the Present. International Journal of Linguistics and Culture ISSN(P) 2707-6873Volume 03, No 01, June 2022. HEC Category ‘Ý’