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B.A. in English and Comparative Literature University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill



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Students majoring in English and Comparative Literature study literature, film, and media of broad geographic and cultural provenance, giving them opportunities to practice comparative thinking. Moreover, students write and research about texts, film, and media inflected with markedly different generic and linguistic features, and this variety hones their research and writing skills. English and Comparative Literature majors can choose to concentrate in seven different areas:

  • British and American Literature
  • Comparative and World Literatures
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
  • Science, Medicine and Literature
  • Social Justice and Literature
  • Writing, Editing, and Digital Publishing

Student Learning Outcomes

Major concentrations in English and Comparative Literature train students to achieve specific outcomes:

  • the ability to produce clear and persuasive analytical writing and/or creative writing (which demonstrates the qualities of literature)
  • the acquisition of research methods
  • the development of critical reading skills
  • the capacity for comparative thinking
  • an understanding of historical contexts

Particularly at this moment in American culture and history, we believe these skills are essential, both in the workplace and in the public sphere more broadly. The core curriculum in each concentration ensures that students gain historical breadth in their discipline in the form of surveys, as well as depth, in courses that focus on a single genre, topic, or author, which allow for a sustained emphasis on close analysis. Individual concentrations also provide additional outcomes specific to their area of study.

Honors in English and Comparative Literature

The department offers at least two honors seminars each semester. In addition, students seeking a degree with honors in English and Comparative Literature (a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and a 3.6 grade point average in major courses required) undertake a year-long independent project during their senior year (ENGL 691H and ENGL 692H or CMPL 691H and CMPL 692H) and usually produce a 40- to 70-page thesis under the direction of a faculty member. Students pursuing a degree with honors normally meet every week with the professors supervising their projects. This opportunity for individually directed research and writing often proves to be a high point of the student’s academic career.

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Full Time (120 semester hours of coursework)

Tuition fees

$36,522.00 (26,23,375) per year




College of Arts and Sciences

Campus Box 3100,

205 South Building,


North Carolina,

27599, United States

Entry requirement for international students

All students will be expected to have completed the pre-university curriculum (Secondary School/High School) in their country prior to enrolling at UNC-Chapel Hill. English Language Tests: TOEFL minimum is 100; IELTS minimum is 7.0; PTE minimum is 68.

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