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Shippensburg, PA, United States
The English program offered by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania features historical breadth and depth, with courses ranging from Medieval and Renaissance periods through the Modern and Post-modern eras, as well as a wide range of culturally diverse courses in Women's Literature, Queer Studies, Ethnic Literature, and African-American Literature.
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The English program offered by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania prepares you for any kind of career that involves:

  • Textual analysis
  • Information and content management
  • Critical thinking
  • Clear and convincing writing skills
  • An appreciation for creative expression

More than preparing for a profession, studying English allows you to work closely with accomplished faculty in a field that is at the heart of a liberal arts education. Students have opportunities to meet with distinguished visiting writers, editors, filmmakers, and scholars. The study of language and literature at Ship provides our students with skills that never go out of fashion, skills that continue to develop, nourish, and preserve the legacies of human cultural expression now and for the future.

Students become proficient in online research methods, digital literacies, and multimodal learning. The Department of English has a computer lab, located in Dauphin Humanities Center, specifically equipped for writing instruction and web design. Our students develop their skills in writing and research through a rich array of online resources available through the university's learning management systems and its academic databases.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, our students follow a variety of post-graduate educational and professional paths. Many embark on careers in:

  • Publishing
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Government
  • Administration
  • Related fields

English majors who pursue teaching certification use their specialized training to find teaching positions across Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Others earn graduate degrees in English, creative writing, law, and other professional specialties at prominent research universities. Some former Ship English majors, like best-selling writer Dean Koontz or New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, achieve national reputations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Domestic students: Rolling admissions

    International students deadline: 

    • Fall Semester — no later than April 30
    • Spring Semester – no later than September 30
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Multicultural Literature
  • Language, Writing, and Criticism
  • Literary Traditions
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Women's Literature
  • Queer Studies
  • Ethnic 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.

  • 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

  • Complete the online Undergraduate Application for International Admissions
    • Pay the $45.00 USD application fee
    • Submit a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign secondary school, college, or university work
    • Submit Financial Support Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    319 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 319 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Shippensburg

  • 1000 - 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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