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English - Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Berea, KY, United States
Upon declaration and acceptance into the English major, either with a concentration in Literature or Writing, a student begins to work closely with her or his advisor to define an area of Focus that connects the field of English studies with courses in other disciplines, whether taken to fulfill General Education requirements, a minor or second major, or as elective courses.
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Within one semester of acceptance into the major, the student must submit to the Department a written Declaration of Focus defining a field of inquiry structured around Literature and/or Writing and no fewer than three courses outside the English department, as well as the most relevant ENG courses.

The Declaration of Focus statement is a preliminary articulation of the student’s understanding of how ENG courses and the named other courses cohere in a field of emphasis, to develop the professional and intellectual goals the student establishes for her/his education. In consultation with the advisor, the statement of focus is regularly reviewed and may be revised to accommodate shifts of emphasis in the student’s curricular choices. Possible foci are almost infinite in number, and might develop (for example) around questions of language, translation, visual culture, gender, race, class, identity politics, representation, cultural or regional studies, material culture, quantitative analysis in the humanities, new media and digital humanisms, journalism and media, SLIS, literacies in English, or other themes of the student’s choosing. Courses relating to the Focus need not all come from the same program or department, but they must form a coherent group. Courses with the ENG rubric will not count as courses outside the major. An updated focus statement and a reflection on the success and evolution of the collateral focus must be included in the English Portfolio, which is also signed by the advisor and submitted to the Department in order to complete a major in English.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intro to Literature in English
  • Studies in Cultures
  • Seminar in Authors
  • African-American Lit (AFR)

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:


    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

  • Complete the Berea College Application for Admission, which also serves as your Tuition Promise Scholarship application.
  • Schedule an appointment for your personal interview.
  • Complete and return two Freshman Evaluation and Endorsement Forms from a current/former teacher, principal, or other school administrator or community leader.
  • Complete and return the high school Counselor Evaluation Form
  • Complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA to determine your financial eligibility.
  • Complete your Financial Resource Questionnaire (FRQ) to determine your financial eligibility.
  • Send us your Official High School Transcript 
  • Send us your Official ACT or SAT scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berea

  • 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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