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English: Literature, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The English: Literature program of Northwestern University will allow students to use their abilities to use language as a tool for analysis and communication.
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The English: Literature program of Northwestern University will deepen student's literacy to the point where you can make literal and figurative sense of virtually any English-language text. You will sharpen your skills in research and critical analysis in order to reach reasoned judgments – and your skills in writing and oral argumentation in order to persuade others of the validity of your positions. And you will do all this by studying some of the most aesthetically beautiful creations in the English language, from Beowulf to Beloved, from faculty members who have won teaching award after teaching award from Northwestern University, Weinberg College, and the Associated Student Government.

Career paths

Given these credentials, it’s not surprising that Northwestern English majors have achieved success in a wide variety of fields. Top employers for our recent graduates range from Teach for America and Chicago Public Schools to Buzzfeed and the Washington Post to Google and Deloitte. In the last few years, our alumni have also gone on to nearly every kind of professional school—including business, law, medicine, education, public policy—and have pursued graduate studies in literature at some of the best universities in the world. All of these organizations, and many more, value the top-notch analytical and communication skills you will learn in your Northwestern English classes.

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:

  • English Literary Traditions
  • American Literary Traditions
  • Reading and Interpretation
  • 19th Century American Poetry
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • The Bible as Literature

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 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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