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Bachelor's degree
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University of Richmond

Program description


The Department of English offers students deep engagement with literary study, a pursuit that develops writing and critical reading abilities along with strengthening communications skills and critical thinking.

The study of literature is more than just the critical analysis of written works throughout the centuries—it is the study of human cultural production and aesthetic experience. Students approaching graduation, in particular, ask ‘Why English?’ when confronted with the prospect of finding a career. Many students feel they must choose between personal interest and career preparation, between the kind of intellectual interests they would like to pursue and the realities of a tight job market. However, employers recruiting at Richmond say they want graduates who can think and express themselves effectively, who have experience with a variety of intellectual methods and perspectives and who enjoy work that genuinely engages the mind.

Most English majors have an avid appreciation of literature as well as a love of language and of writing. As a result, the curriculum not only strengthens their writing skills and stimulates critical thinking but also engages their passions.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Group A: Courses in Literature Before the Early to Mid-19th Century

  • Literature of the English Renaissance
  • Shakespeare
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: The Lyric Tradition
  • English Literature of the Restoration and 18th Century
  • English Literature of the Romantic Movement
  • Age of the American Renaissance
  • Selected Topics in Literature before the Early to Mid-19th Century

Group B: Courses in Literature After the Early to Mid-19th Century

  • Literatures of Africa
  • Literatures of the Caribbean
  • American Indian Literatures
  • Literatures of Globalization
  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • English Literature of the Victorian Period
  • Modernisms
  • Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Fiction
  • Literature and Film
  • Post-Soul Literature and Culture
  • Indigenous Film in North America
  • History and Aesthetics of Film
  • American Culture/American Film
  • Selected Topics in Literature after the Early to Mid-19th Century

Group C: Other Advanced Courses in Literature, Language, and Writing

  • Film Theory
  • Modern Literary Theory
  • Film Directors
  • Special Topics: Film Genres
  • Modern Grammar
  • Introduction to Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Fiction Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Literary Translation
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Literary Editing and Publishing
  • Selected Topics in Writing
  • Independent Study
  • Selected Topics
  • Junior/Senior Seminar
  • Creative Writing Portfolio

Group D

  • Individual Internship
  • Summer Undergraduate Research
  • Honors Thesis Research
  • Honors Thesis Writing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills of English Majors

English majors acquire a range of skills that have, over the years, proved invaluable to people in a wide variety of professions. Employers are looking for workers with a broad set of skills, such as the following that our English majors gain:

  • Critical thinking and analytical rigor
  • Influencing and persuading
  • Presenting alternative viewpoints
  • Drafting documents
  • Applying close reading and interpretation
  • Using information resources
  • Thinking independently
  • Using theoretical approaches
  • Writing concisely and creatively
  • Effective communication in both speech and writing
  • Shaping general ideas into specific points and programs
  • Synthesizing ideas and themes

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University of Richmond

Located six miles from a vibrant capital city, the University of Richmond provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other, offering 3,000 undergraduates from 70+ countries an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts and sciences with a top-ranked...

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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