What will I learn?

Suffolk’s English majors explore the powerful connections between literary themes and modern issues. You’ll learn to articulate strong points of view, compose your thoughts in an organized and creative way, identify major literary themes, and draw lessons from groundbreaking works that illuminate aspects of the human condition. Suffolk is also home to a branch of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

You’ll benefit from Suffolk’s proximity to the Boston Public Library, the country’s first large public library. Boston has been home to legendary writers for generations, including Emerson, Alcott, Thoreau, and Plath. So it’s not surprising that writing is a strong focus here, with its own specialized concentration and minor:

Literature Concentration

Concentration Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

Seminar Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

ENG-301 Literary Criticism Seminar

Literature before 1900 Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

A required upper level Literature Before 1900 course ensures that majors read, analyze, and interpret older texts in order to enhance their knowledge of the foundations of literary history.

Choose one of the following:

ENG-311 Medieval Literature Survey

ENG-323 Chaucer

ENG-324 Shakespeare's Comedies

ENG-325 Shakespeare's Histories

ENG-326 Shakespeare's Tragedies

ENG-33417th Century Literature

ENG-344 English Romantic Literature

ENG-348 Jane Austen

ENG-356 Whitman and Dickinson

ENG-H524 Honors Seminar: 1700 - 1900

Electives (3 courses, 12 credits)

Choose two ENG electives at the 300-level or above.

Choose one elective from any ENG course numbered above 104.

Learning Objectives

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach

Understand, effectively analyze, and evaluate literary, critical, and theoretical source materials

Use proper citation and research methods, including following MLA formatting

Demonstrate broad familiarity with British and American literary traditions through study of major English and American writers and the literary history of England and America

Gain exposure to diverse perspectives through study of literature with focuses on gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant experiences, or literary influences

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (126 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$41,242.00 (30,96,246) per year
USD $20,621 per Semester; 12-17 credits per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

73 Tremont Street,



02108, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have final high school transcript.

English language requirements

TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)

PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54

Application deadline for fall is February 15 and spring is December 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Suffolk University

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 areas of study.

  • Main urban campus in bustling Boston area
  • Large international student community
  • Industry connections and internship opportunities
  • Outstanding graduate outcomes