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English Literature, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Decatur, TX, United States
The English department at Agnes Scott College believes that the study of English Literature , language, and writing elevates our minds, enlarges our capacity to understand and communicate, and integrates liberal learning. Our curriculum includes courses in British, Irish, American, and postcolonial literatures; film, the history and structure of the language; and creative writing. 
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The English Literature major at Agnes Scott College exposes students to a variety of ways of reading, understanding, and writing about literature. Our courses are characterized by frequent discussion, and most emphasize original analysis and independent research. 

The requirements for the major ensure that each student will have a grounding in literary history, as well as many opportunities to choose courses that reflect and develop her particular interests. A system of rotating course topics assures that students have a wide variety of courses to choose from during their four years at Agnes Scott. All English majors take a foundation course, Perspectives on Literature (ENG 280), and a capstone course, Senior Research Seminar (ENG 480), in which they produce a substantial original work of literary criticism. Prospective English majors should enroll in ENG 280 and at least one more 200 level English course as early as their first year, but certainly during their sophomore year.

What You'll Learn

Students majoring in English Literature take courses emphasizing both breadth and depth of knowledge and addressing a variety of literary periods, genres, and creative approaches. In addition, students hone their skills in literary and cultural analysis, performing original research, and writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. You'll learn to:

  • analyze literary works and demonstrate knowledge of major texts and literary traditions, style and convention, and historical, social, and cultural contexts of literatures written in English;
  • engage in a writing process that promotes thoughtful, well-researched, and original interpretation and argument about literature and its contexts, in written and oral forms, and for various audiences;
  • evaluate works of literary criticism and theory and employ them in analysis of literary and cultural production; and
  • apply understanding and knowledge gained from the study of literature to other disciplines, problems, and contexts.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Early British Literature  
  • British Literature Since 1700  
  • True Americans: American Writing 1600-1900  
  • Survey Of American Literature: 1900-present 
  • Literature Of Ireland  
  • Topics In Black Writing.

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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General Requirements

  • An application for admission, via the Common Application, which includes:
  • Agnes Scott Supplement
  • Teacher Evaluation Form (teacher invitation sent via Common App)
  • Secondary School Report and International School Supplement from counselor or school official (invitation sent via Common App)
  • Official High School Transcript in English
  • Application fee of US $30
  • SAT/ACT Test Scores, evaluative interview with Agnes Scott admission counselor, InitialView Interview, or Duolingo English Proficiency Test
  • Agnes Scott's SAT school code is 5002; ACT school code is 0780.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Find details on our Admission Requirements page.
  • Agnes Scott's TOEFL school code is 5002.
  • International Student Certification of Finances (PDF)
  • Copy of Passport Biographical Page or National ID Card
  • Midyear Report (submit as soon as available)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43920 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43920 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Decatur

  • 1072 - 1990 USD/month
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