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English Literature, B.A. / B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Why We Love Literature and What It Teaches Us

To study literature is to engage in a fundamental human endeavor: to tell a story. We listen or read in wonder as a story unfolds, asking critical questions about the meaning.

Long ago, stories helped people imagine their relationship to the cosmos as they huddled around a fire, and other stories communicated effective strategies for hunting. Today, too, literature grants us insights into the human condition.

Characters come alive in the theaters of our minds, and we ponder how we share their decisions and losses and triumphs, too. A poem leaves us stunned with beauty or moved by an evocation of pain. A play comes alive and touches us with its magic as we marvel over how words written long ago are imagined anew.

The extraordinary power of literature to stretch our everyday language and open up new possibilities teaches us what it means to be human. To engage in this vibrant world of words and wisdom makes our own lives more rich and full.

Why Employers Seek Literatures Majors

Majors of the English Literature program of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater learn:

  • To think and write analytically and creatively, preparing them for the changing realities of the twenty-first century. When analyzing a text, literature majors first focus on details and then how those details fit into a larger pattern. This is the key endeavor of literary training.
  • Persuasive, well-honed communication skills to create a paper that articulates an analysis. These steps mirror the central career skills that are in demand in today's economy. Employers want people who can analyze data, notice a pattern, and articulate why that pattern matters.
  • Sharp research skills, including the ability to find, contextualize, and evaluate a variety of sources. Such skills prepare people for every field that requires a nimble and imaginative thinker, an accomplished writer, and a sophisticated reader of texts of all kinds.
  • And develop a keen sensibility to the way cultural differences shape human perception, making literature majors able to navigate the complexities of the new global century with assurance and attentive understanding.

Careers for English Majors

The English major offers a strong foundation both for graduate and professional schools as well as for a number of careers, including those in law, publishing, writing, business, education, politics, the arts and medicine.

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:

  • Critical Writing in the Field of English
  • British Literature Survey
  • American Literature Survey
  • African-American Literature, 1800 to Present 
  • Classical Myth and Legend as Sources for Literature 
  • American Literature to 1890

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.

    Start practicing IELTS today!

General Requirements

  • Submit an application and pay the non-refundable $50 application fee
  • A copy of your high school transcript
  • English Language Proficiency Scores
  • Submit the Certification of Finances Form
  • Submit a bank statement showing enough liquid funds to cover the total cost outlined here
  • Submit the biographical page in your passport electronically

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16416 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16416 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16416 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16416 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7694 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7694 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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