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Literary and Cultural Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Smithfield, RI, United States
The Department of English and Cultural Studies plays an integral role in fulfilling the University’s mission by helping students comprehend the world around them, by guiding them to dynamic career paths in the arts, nonprofits, and the private sector, and by preparing them for graduate study. 
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Our department directly supports the University’s focus on character, passion, and diversity. Specifically, our programs are designed to:

Provide an array of courses and experiences that engage students directly with the humanities, creativity, and cultural and global diversity.

Help students discover their passion through a direct engagement with a variety of media (performance, literary texts, art, music, cultural analysis), cultures (African, Latin-American, Eastern and Western European, and U.S. communities, such as Native American, Asian-American, gay and lesbian, and women), and methodologies (philosophical, literary critical, and anthropological).

Encourage independent thinking and empathy with diverse populations by addressing complicated issues of difference, in courses that emphasize cultural understanding, ethics, and critical thinking.

Provide students with avenues to make a difference in the world through our integrated focus on social justice and literacy and through engagement with the most intimate forms of communications that cultures offer, including art, music, literature, performance, and philosophy.

The Department has a major, minor, and concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies. These programs involve a rich array of courses designed to introduce students to theoretical understandings (philosophical, anthropological, literary) of cultural artifacts (literary, musical, cultural, artistic). Specific concentrations also allow students to focus on one aspect of cultural analysis more closely: the concentration in Literature emphasizes literary critical interpretation; the concentration in Media and Cultural Studies combines Communication, Film, and Performance Studies; and the concentration in Creative and Applied Arts integrates studio-based art courses with courses in theoretical interpretations of creative production. The Department also offers a minor in Literature and a minor in Media and Cultural Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Workshop in Creative and Critical Practice

For more information please visit the program website page.

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.

General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application or completed Universal Application with Universal College Application supplement 
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor
  • Secondary school report, also from your guidance counselor. This tells Bryant about your high school, how many students it has, the types of courses they teach, and so on.
  • Official transcript showing senior courses and most recent grades. Minimum of 16 units must include:
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of math
  • 2 years of language 
  • 2 years of social science
  • 2 years of lab science
  • 2 years of additional academic discipline (math, language, etc.)
For more information please visit the program website page.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43076 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43076 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43076 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43076 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Smithfield

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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