• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Newport News, VA, United States
The central strength of English program from Christopher Newport University is the study of literature. You’ll choose courses in American, British and world literatures, as well as study a single author of your choosing. 
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Through upper-level writing courses you will develop advanced rhetorical and composition skills, while linguistics and film studies courses enrich and expand your understanding of texts and language. Finally, you’ll bring it all together in a capstone seminar, producing an in-depth independent project with the guidance of a faculty member.

As a major of the English program from Christopher Newport University, you can concentrate in literature or writing.

Mission Statement

The CNU English Department instills in students the habits of mind required to pursue informed and purposeful lives in a diverse and interconnected world. Through intensive programs of reading, writing, and research, the department’s faculty fosters in its students the capacity for independent thought and reflection, as well as an ever-opening awareness of the world and a keener capacity to observe that world. To that end, the department engenders respect for the English language throughout its history and in its various forms, expressions and functions, while situating English within a larger, global context. Throughout the English Department’s curriculum, students work toward finding their own critical voices, as they encounter literatures of the world, writings of various fields and disciplines, and language varieties of the local community. Students receive individual attention from their professors, who are published experts in their fields, as well as from leaders in the local community who mentor students in professional settings.


The English Department is at the heart of a liberal arts university. Grounded in the study of literature and literary tradition, the English major fosters critical-thinking, a talent transferable to all areas of life. The major is an especially good choice for students who want to pursue careers demanding a high degree of cultural literacy and attention to language, such as graduate work in primary, secondary and university level teaching and scholarship, law, advertising, journalism, public relations, publishing,  communications, diplomacy, and human relations.

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:

  • Literary Foundations: Ancient through 17th Century
  • Literary Foundations: 18th Century through mid-19th Century
  •  Literary Foundations: Mid-19th Century through 21st Century
  • Literature, Theory, and Culture
  • Shaping Language: An Exploration of Creative Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Writing for the Professions
  • Shakespeare
  • Major Authors

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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    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

  • Essay
  • $65 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Virginia In-State Tuition Rates Eligibility You must complete all questions in the Residency and Parent/Legal Guardian Residency sections of the application to be eligible for in-state tuition. 
  • Applying to the President’s Leadership and/or Honors Program
  • Select “Yes” for President’s Leadership Program and/or Honors program in the Academics section of the application.
  • Complete the mandatory essay questions.
  • An interview is required in order to be considered for these programs.
  • Submit your most recent official high school transcript. Paper transcripts are accepted, but we encourage electronically submitted transcripts. (Please note: Applications submitted through the Coalition Application will be reviewed using the self-submitted transcript information)
  • Have your SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores sent directly to Christopher Newport (unless you choose to apply test-optional).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27790 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13895 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27790 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13895 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    14924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7462 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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