• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States | Asheville, NC, United States
At Western Carolina University, English takes students where they want to go. Alumni include journalists, lawyers, writers, bankers, children’s authors, technical editors and NASCAR publicists. The university’s English program offers students a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in literature, professional writing and motion picture studies. 
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Key facts:

  • The English degree program prepares students for active engagement and professional success in an incredible range of career areas. In addition to liberal studies, language and introductory courses, the curriculum includes upper-level courses and electives designed to allow students to immerse themselves in their areas of concentration. Students learn from faculty members who encourage them to think critically, communicate effectively and make connections between their studies and professional aspirations. 
  • Outside of the classroom, students broaden their educational experience through organizations and clubs such as the WCU English Department Spring Literary Festival, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and The Creative Writing Club. The university supports English majors by offering a number of dedicated scholarship and award opportunities.
  • Taught by professors who are experts and enthusiasts in diverse subject areas, students routinely augment their learning through literary, creative and research opportunities. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that English majors lead not only the university but also the nation in service, undergraduate research and community engagement.
  • Students who pursue a B.A. in English can choose from concentrations in Literature, Motion Picture Studies, Professional Writing, or English Studies Pedagogy.
  • In today’s job market, employers consistently look for potential employees who are critical and creative thinkers, and articulate professionals—Western Carolina University English graduates exceed these expectations. Literature graduates become teachers, technical writers, biographers, artists, reporters, photographers, web designers and technical support specialists. Motion picture studies graduates find work in advertising, politics, the military, business and government, and institutions and organizations that use visual productions to promote products and engage audiences. 
  • Professional writing graduates enjoy opportunities in a variety of fields, including marketing, public relations, technical writing and mass media. Alternately, many graduates choose to pursue graduate and professional studies in English, linguistics, writing, law and education in order to deepen their knowledge and further expand their career opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

English degree curriculum include:

  • English Major
  • Composition 
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Wellness 
  • Formalism and American Literature
  • Research and Brit Literature

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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  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs

  • Asheville, United States

    1124 - 1870 USD/month
    Living Costs
  • Cullowhee, United States

    900 - 1400 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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