Department of English started to function as a department in the University of Calicut. It began to function as an off campus department in 1974.Later , when Kannur University was established in 1996, the department was shifted to Kannur University under the name ' Institute of English and Foreign Languages '.It was one of the first departments in the newly established Kannur University. The Centre for Canadian Studies, attached to the Department, was established in 2004. In the same year, the name of the department was changed to Department of Studies in English under the School of English and Foreign Languages. The Department offers courses in Ph.D., M. Phil and M.A. The Department continues to contribute to the social and cultural life of the locality where it is situated. The department promotes research in areas such as Literature, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Visual Culture and Film Studies, Minority Discourse, Gender and Sexuality, hermeneutics, Life Narratives etc.