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English - Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Topeka, KS, United States
The critical thinking and research skills students acquire in the English - Literature program of Washburn University prepare them well for a wide variety of personal and professional goals, ranging from attending graduate school to teaching literature and language in the classroom, or any other disciplines which emphasize a strong background in critical reading, research, and writing. 
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The English department offers a variety of period courses from the Medieval to the Contemporary, including authors from Great Britain, America, and other world cultures. These courses are taught by literature faculty who maintain an active research agenda in their areas of expertise. 

The students in the English - Literature program of Washburn University are also able to specialize more closely when they take a course on a Major Author, study a more focused topic in the senior Capstone, and/or work on an Independent Study with a chosen faculty member. Class sizes remain small as students and faculty work together to understand the multiple perspectives and critical approaches of a particular language, literature, and culture. 


Academic development outside the classroom is possible through several opportunities. You can develop your reading and writing skills through the annual Bunge reading and through yearly prizes for academic writing in British, American, and world literature. You will also have the opportunity to travel to conferences and other public forums to present work and learn from other literary students and experts.

Careers for Literature students

If you study literature, you’ll develop comprehensive written and spoken communication skills, becoming adept at arguing a point, framing a narrative and analyzing various levels of meaning. These skills are useful for a variety of future careers and further education.

Many English majors develop careers in media, journalism, publishing, advertisting, and public relations. These are all careers that rely heavily on communication skills. Some choose to get an advanced degree in literature and teach at a university. 

A bachelor's degree in English will prepare you for graduate school by providing you a solid foundation of advanced analytical reading and critical thinking skills. Some of the more common studies pursued by English majors include law school, graduate studies in humanities, sociology/anthropology, business and more.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Domestic students can apply to Washburn up until one week prior to the last day to enroll for a given semester.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literary Criticism & Theory
  • English Grammar & Linguistics 
  • Senior Seminar
  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • World 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:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

  • International Online Application for Admission
  • Signed and Completed Financial Disclaimer Form
  • Original Financial supporting documents, such as a current bank statement
  • USD $70 non-refundable application/processing fee. 
  • Original transcripts. 
  • iBT TOEFL or IELTS score report if applying for full admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    681 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 681 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    681 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 681 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    300 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 300 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Topeka

  • 900 - 1400 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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