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English, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) New Orleans, LA, United States
Some things never go out of style, and the study of English is one of those things. That’s because the skills you learn—perceptive reading, analytical thinking, and clear, persuasive writing — are valuable in every endeavor, whether it be educational or professional. A degree in English from UNO can open up a world of possibilities.


The programme

  • As an English major at UNO, you may choose a concentration that best suits your interest — professional writing, journalism, prelaw, or creative writing. If your focus is on creative writing, you could submit a piece to Ellipsis, the literary magazine published annually by the English department; if you have a more journalistic bent, you could contribute to the school newspaper, Driftwood.
  • To expand your practical experience even further, you may take advantage of our internship program. Recent examples of our students’ internships include working for Gambit and Cultural Vistas, two New Orleans magazines; the Corps of Engineers’ Public Affairs and Planning Offices; UNO Information Services; the Louisiana State Representative’s Office; a technical firm that publishes equipment manuals and proposals; or the marketing office for the New Orleans Zephyrs.
  • These experiences will translate well to a number of professional opportunities. Your UNO English degree will make you proficient in the research, communication, critical thinking, and writing skills valuable to employers in all fields — including publishing, journalism, law, education, creative writing, marketing and communications, advertising, and public relations — value.
  • If your plans for the future include any of these professions, or if your plans for the future are still uncertain, then UNO’s English major is a great place to start.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • The Department of English offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major or minor in English is available through the College of Education. Students with any major may also choose to minor in English. 
  • The department offers courses in American literature, African-American literature, New Orleans literature, British, Commonwealth, and Postcolonial literature, creative writing, professional writing and editing, and journalism. Cross-listed courses in Women's Studies, International Studies, and Africana Studies are also offered regularly. Other programs closely affiliated with the Department are the UNO Women's Studies Program and the Greater New Orleans Writing Project.

English Language Requirements

  • 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 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

GPA & Curriculum RequirementAll in-state applicants are required to have a high school core GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale based on the Regents' Core (Core 4 or TOPS University Curriculum)*.International Freshmen Applicants.

Minimum admission requirements for freshmen:

  • Official transcripts with English translations
  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 as calculated by the UNO Admissions office
  • Math Test Scores (one of the following):      ACT 19      SAT 500
  • English Test Scores (one of the following):      ACT 18      SAT 25 (Writing & Language)      TOEFL 70      IELTS 6.0

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14190 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9354 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9354 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New Orleans

  • 1125 - 2160 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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