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English, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The English program at Williams College emphasizes the idea that things in the world do not dictate their own descriptions or the stories we tell about them. Any object, person, or event we describe one way we could just as easily have described another. 
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The English program at Williams College is interested in the literary (or rhetorical) aspects of all language and storytelling, and not just the conventionally literary kind. Do historians write differently than novelists, even though both tell long stories? What are the conventions of science writing as writing? 

How do climate scientists make their insight persuasive to people who aren’t scientists? English majors working in this vein study language and storytelling across all media: film, TV, ads, comic books, news-reporting, digital media, non-fiction and scholarly writing, as well as novels, poems, and plays.

Courses Outside the Department

The department will give one elective course credit toward the major for a course taken in literature of a foreign language, whether the course is taught in the original language or in translation. Such a course may not be used to satisfy the department’s Literary Histories, criticism, or Gateway requirements.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Ruined America
  • American Girlhoods
  • "Making it New": The Modernist Experiment
  • Temptation
  • Everyday Stories
  • American Love Stories
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Rumble in the Jungle: Major Postcolonial Writers and Movements

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 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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