The English Department was established in 1976. It provides courses in language, linguistics, literature, comparative literature, translation, and writing. It also provides major and minor English programs. <span style="font-size: 12.16px; line-height: 1.3em;">In addition to the B.A. in English Language and Literature, the Department offers two M.A. English programs: Language and Linguistics, and Literature and Criticism. M.A. students can follow one of two study tracks: The Thesis Track or The Comprehensive Exam Track. There are about 300 M.A. students in the two tracks, and about 1000 B.A. students. The Department used to offer until 2010 an M.A program in Translation. This program was moved then to the newly established Translation Department.
There are 26 faculty members in the Department, most of them got their MA's and Ph.D's in British or American universities. The faculty members also participate in the courses and language services which Queen Rania Centre for Consultations and Community Services offers to the local community. Such courses cover English for engineers, English for physicians, English for bank officials, and English in many other occupational fields.
One of the major academic events held by the Department is its bi-annual international conference which covers language, linguistics, literature and translation. Holding this conference was suspended in 2010 due to financial reasons. In addition, the Department hosts a number of one-day seminars on topics of close relevance to the courses in the B.A. and M.A. programs.
The teaching plan of the B.A. program has been reviewed and updated with courses and topics which meet new developments in language, linguistics, and literature. The new plan has been offered to 2008 students. Language courses in the 2008 plan are enhanced by e-learning programs which provide free access to electronic programs that focus on listening, pronunciation, speaking, note-taking, reading, and cultural studies that familiarize the students with cultures of other peoples through the medium of English.
The department's BA and MA graduates constitute a sizable proportion of the faculty members (MA and Ph.D. holders) in English and Translation departments at many Jordanian universities like Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Philadelphia U and Jadara U.
The Department aspires to be a distinguished and model one at the national and regional levels, seeking innovation and improvement of education and scientific research and aiming to supply the labour market in Jordan and the Arabian Gulf states with competent and skilled graduates.
The department aspires to achieve distinction in teaching, scientific research and student services through offering high-level academic programs and graduating skilled generations of students that possess science, knowledge and the ability to cope with modern developments and to compete at the local and regional levels.