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English - Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The English - Literature program of the Southeast Missouri State University increases insights into human behavior; emphasizes reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing skills; elevates social and historical consciousness; fosters success in communication and interpersonal interchanges; and enhances creative abilities. The literature curriculum teaches ethical complexity, interpretative multiplicity, and the importance of empathy in human relations.

What You'll Do

  • Develop key skills in navigating today’s fast-changing world: written and oral communication, digital and traditional research methods, textual analysis, and understanding of our global community
  • Interact with qualified, award winning faculty in a small-class environment.
  • Gain skills necessary for a wide array of career paths.
  • Gain professional experience by having access to English department resources including internationally renowned Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University Press, Center for Writing Excellence, and student-run journals such as Literati: An Annual Journal of Literary Studies and Journey.
  • Study narrative strategies, critical theory, historical and cultural context, and diverse literary genres.

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • Public and private parochial schools
  • Libraries
  • Ph.D. programs
  • Law schools and other professional programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health care industry
  • Publishing and editing
  • Local, state, and federal governments
  • Parks and recreation
  • Financial industries
  • Technical and professional writing
  • Human resources
  • Marketing/Advertising

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:

  • Writing About Literature
  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • World Literature
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Early Twentieth-Century British 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.

General Requirements

  • Submit your Online application
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Passport
  • Academic transcripts
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of finances
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) for scholarship consideration (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    225 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 225 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cape Girardeau

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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