• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The study of language and writing is central to the English program.  The departmental objectives are to help students write clearly and forcefully and to appreciate the artistic and cultural values of literature.

Degrees offered by the department include a Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts in English as well as an interdepartmental major in Afro-American Studies and English.The department regularly offers courses in the full range of English and American literary studies, including Chaucer and Shakespeare, the different periods and genres, linguistics, and special topics seminars.

With language, we communicate, imagine alternate worlds, reimagine our own, express ideas, and connect with others.  If you have found yourself lost in a book, pulled into a story, or just fascinated by how words work, then a major or minor in IUN’s English Department might be the place for you!  Our professors can help foster your reading skills, sharpen your writing skills, and prep you for a future in graduate school or a wide variety of jobs.  You’ll get to work on learning how to research, read closely, think critically, and understand diverse perspectives. 

We have courses that range from creative writing to professional writing, from British literature to World literature, including courses in Gender Studies, Film Studies, and Japanese literature.  So, no matter if you want to spend time reading Chaucer or Toni Morrison, we have a class for you! 

We offer two tracks, a BA in English, Literature, and a BA in English, Writing, and we offer three minors in English: Writing, Creative Writing, and Literature.

Program Highlights

Composition courses make extensive use of university computer labs, and certain sections of “Professional Writing Skills” are presented in an online version.

The department maintains a Writing Center to help students in any class or program address their deficiencies in writing. The Writing Center employs capable and trained students as tutors.

Career Opportunities

An English degree is a useful, well-received, and marketable major. It offers the option of graduate school in English or a professional school, such as law school, and provides for qualified entry into any business, state or national civil service, or educational administration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • ENG-L 211 or one course from the sequence ENG-L 305 to ENG-L 315
  • ENG-L 212 or one course from the sequence ENG-L 326 to ENG-L 348
  • Shakespeare: Eng-L 315 (3 cr)
  • Senior Seminar: Eng-L 440 (3 cr) (also fulfills capstone requirement)
  • Selection one of the following in Literature in a World Context: Eng-L 201, Eng-L 207, Eng L-249, Eng-L 382, Eng-L 364, Eng-L 370 (3 cr)
  • Students must submit a Senior Portfolio. (Requirements for this are available in the English Department.)
  • Grammar: ENG-G 207 (3 cr)
  • Professional Writing: ENG-W 231 (3 cr)
  • Writing Fiction: ENG-W 301 (3 cr)
  • Writing Poetry: ENG-W 303 (3 cr)
  • Select one of the following: ENG-W 311 or ENG-W 350 (3 cr)
  • One literature classes at the 300-400 level
  • Shakespeare: ENG-L 315 (3 cr)
  • ENG-L 440 (3 cr) (also fulfills capstone requirements)
  • Recommendation

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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.
  • There is no minimum score for admission to IU.
  • IU super scores* both SAT and ACT.
  • High scores mean scholarship, honors, and direct admission opportunities

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 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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