English, B.A. | Duke University | Durham, United States
48 months
62941 USD/year
62941 USD/year
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In the Duke University English Department and Bachelor in English program you will encounter a range of learned and passionate professors who will introduce you to the transformative voices of great literatures written in English from the British Isles, America, and the many countries of the world in which English has been used. 


The Duke English Department has long occupied a vital and distinctive place both in the discipline and in the university, where it has served as one of the defining spaces of thought, conversation, teaching, and inquiry. We have played a crucial role in defining the history, present, and future practices of reading and interpretation and the paradigms of research, pedagogy, and critique common to and distributed across the humanities as a whole at Duke.

The Bachelor in English program at Duke University offers classes that opens you up to your agency – that is, your capacities and power – in the humanly distinctive medium of language. To explore the indispensible medium of expression, of representation, and communication in the hands of its exemplary users, whether these are poets, essayists, or novelists, is life-enhancing. It is also no surprise that the skills of English majors are in high demand in so many professions and walks of life from law to business, and even medicine. Professional schools and businesses have long acknowledged the great benefits of rigorous training in English. 

Learning Objectives for the Bachelor in English program

The learning objectives for the major are consonant with the general philosophy of Trinity College, with the departmental goals outlined above, and with the more specific guidelines on education in modern languages set forth by the Modern Language Association.
  • Majors should be able to read literary and cultural texts in relation to philosophical, cultural, social and historical contexts.
  • Majors should be able to close-read literary and cultural texts, engage in critical analysis of these texts, and make arguments about them based in a disciplinary understanding of argument and evidence.
  • Majors should be able to write about literary texts with conceptual complexity, informed at least in part by familiarity with literary and cultural theory.
  • Majors should be able to locate their own argument in in a critical conversation, with understanding of discipline specific use of secondary sources.
  • Majors should be able to write rhetorically powerful original literature (in the case of creative writing) and/or rhetorically powerful and logically convincing work about literature (in the case of literary criticism).


Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Composition and Language
  • Special Topics in Literature: Gothic Science
  • Being Your Self(IE): On Authenticity
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Documentary Writing: Creative Nonfiction Through Fieldwork
  • Representative American Writers
  • Road Trip
  • American Dilemmas
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Reading Historically
  • Readings in Genre: Memory in Early Modern Lit
  • English - Readings in Genre Historical Fiction: Anatomy of a Fascination
  • Reading in Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Political Theater
  • Reading in Genre: Conjure in African American Lit
  • Sex, Death and Money
  • Reading in Genre - Persuasion: Voices in Dialogue
  • Reading in Genre: War & Worship, Wine & Women
  • Reading Thematically
  • Living with others: literature, intimacy and (dis)closure
  • Special Topics in Language and Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts for all academic work completed in high school are required and must be submitted by your school counselor or another school official
  • All applicants must complete either the ACT or SAT
  • If you are a non-native English speaker or if you are not currently studying in an English-medium curriculum, we recommend but do not require that you take an English proficiency test (DUOLINGO, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)
  • A one-page personal essay as well as short essay questions specific to Duke
  • We require three letters of recommendation for each applicant: one from your school counselor and two from teachers who have taught you in major academic courses (English, mathematics, social studies, sciences, foreign languages)
  • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
  • To obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States, a foreign citizen must furnish his or her home country’s U.S. consulate with proof of ability to meet educational expenses, along with the I-20 form.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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