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English - Literary Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Wilmington, NC, United States
Students can choose from two other tracks: Professional Writing and Teacher Licensure. English - Literary Studies at University of North Carolina Wilmington cultivates an intellectual curiosity and a broad and intensive knowledge of literature, critical theories, and the varied nature of contemporary writers and their works.
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A student in this English - Literary Studies option at University of North Carolina Wilmington studies classic works and those out of the mainstream, as well as literary theories that cut through a cross section of viewpoints. In this way, students develop their critical thinking, reading, writing, and communication skills.

Undergraduate majors take a range of courses that are geared to connect them globally -- across the centuries and across cultures. The option also helps the student put these literary works in perspective, taking their place in history and in society.

By stressing critical thinking, the study of language itself, and cutting-edge technology and research skills, the literary studies option also encourages students to develop the kind of mental flexibility that will serve them well in a wide range of careers.

Students hone their analytical skills through:

  • reading primary and secondary texts in a close, critical way,
  • learning primary research and technological skills,
  • writing in a disciplined way by outlining, drafting, revising, and reflecting on their own - and others'- work
  • and creating original, sustained, thoughtful, and persuasive arguments.

Building this foundation of knowledge and acquiring these analytic and creative skills prepare students for a broad array of careers, including teaching, law, business, editing, writing, public relations, and reporting, among many others. See our Alumni Update page for a look at what our graduates are doing.

As well as paving the way to a successful future, students who focus on literary studies also gain an awareness of themselves as members of the community and can participate in all manner of social, cultural, and political debates.

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:

  • Literary Studies
  • A course in Shakespeare
  • A course in literature before 1900
  • A course in literature after 1900
  • A writing course 
  • A course in the English language

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.

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    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.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completed online application.
    • Non-refundable $80 application fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to UNCW).
    • Essay & short answer
    • An official transcript, translated into English (translation must be certified), of grades from secondary school.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9254 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9254 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    4444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2222 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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