• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #651 (QS) Williamsburg, VA, United States
Are you thinking of declaring a major in English at the College of William & Mary? Most of our students report that they choose English because they love reading and talking about literature. In our department, we offer courses that speak to almost any literary interest, from the Old English poem Beowulf to American indigenous literatures. 
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Our students spend their time learning how to analyze and articulate their own responses to literary texts, and improving their critical thinking, writing, and collaboration skills. A major in English from the College of William & Mary is a gateway into a wide range of careers in the professional, corporate, educational, and nonprofit fields. 

Opportunities for undergraduate research include independent study, summer research scholarships, research assistantships, and internships. During the senior year a student who qualifies may pursue Honors in literature or creative writing.


  • "Why major in English?" It's a question that you may be asking yourself as you think about career options. 
  • Graduating with a degree in English will provide you with both skills and flexibility as you enter your career path. 
  • Many professions prize articulate writing, convincing arguments, critical thinking, and the ability to craft a clear narrative.
  • These abilities are particularly relevant in a post-graduate world where only about thirty percent of graduates find jobs that relate directly to their majors. 
  • Analytical thinkers with strong communication skills never go out of fashion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Epic and Romance
  • Old English 
  • Beowulf 
  • Topics in Old English Literature
  • Medieval Literature 
  • Early Modern British Literature 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A submitted application through The Common Application or The Coalition Application
  • The Secondary School Report form complete with a high school transcript and counselor letter of recommendation
  • The Midyear School Report form, should be submitted to the admission office with an updated transcript as soon as first semester grades are available.
  • $75 application fee payment, or a fee waiver request

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    17434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17434 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Williamsburg

  • 1306 - 2140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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