What will I learn?

The English department curriculum teaches an understanding of the way the English language functions and how people use it to create and communicate. We teach all students the fundamental skills needed to succeed in college, at work, and as citizens. As one of the core disciplines in the liberal arts, English fosters critical thinking, leadership ability, and democratic engagement.

Students interested in a BS degree in English need to complete 12 credits in addition to the general education requirements; these credits must be taken in linguistics, natural science, mathematics, social science, or selected courses in kinesiology.

Those interested in civic discourse and oral communication can also major or minor in Speech Communication (see the catalog listing Speech Communication). Students in secondary education can also earn an ESL endorsement through classes in the English Department (courses are indicated below).

An undergraduate major in English can be a solid basis for the professional study of law, medicine, theology, and business or careers in education, arts management, and publishing. An undergraduate major in Technical Communication can prepare students for careers in nonprofit and government communication, web design and communication consulting, software documentation, and scientific and technical writing and editing.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,142.00 per year

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

Start date

22 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent qualification.

For international students

Equivalent of a minimum 3.0 high school GPA on 4.0 scale. In addition to the requirement, students must meet the following minimum high school course requirements: 4 years of English or your native language; 3 years of science (including at least two years of laboratory science courses which emphasize elements of biology, chemistry, or physics); 3 years of math (including algebra and geometry); 2 years of social studies.

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL - Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) score of 71 with a minimum score of 17 in both the Writing and Speaking sections and Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT) score of 530

IELTS - Overall band score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5

PTE - Score of 48

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


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