What will I learn?

Why study English BA/MA at UB?

In the English department, students — majors and minors, alongside interested students from a range of disciplines — discover the power and resources of the English language primarily through the study of British, American, and Anglophone literary traditions. Thanks to the range of the department’s course offerings, students often broaden the focus of their studies to include film and video, popular culture, mythology and folklore, as well as foreign-language literatures in English translation. All students are encouraged to become critical readers, learning to employ — both inside and outside the English classroom — the skills of close reading, historical contextualization, and theoretical reflection. As critical writers, in turn, they learn how to formulate compelling questions and to craft original essays that effectively intervene both in academic and cultural conversations. Some students develop as creative writers through workshops that emphasize the writing of poetry, prose fiction, autobiography and plays. Others will take the opportunity to practice the craft of journalism and work on the student newspaper.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Think, read, speak, and above all write critically and creatively
  • Be able to read in detail and in cultural context
  • Understand critical methods and theoretical concepts
  • Gain an understanding of periods and genres
  • Develop ability to articulate an idea lucidly and persuasively in writing
  • Develop skills for doing research and deploying evidence appropriately
  • Appreciate aesthetic experience

Career Outlook

Skills gained in this program include:

Writing: Writing creatively, creating persuasive messages, using precise language, assessing an audience, presenting specific viewpoints, writing concisely, drafting documents, and editing.
Research: Defining problems, establishing hypotheses, gathering information, using original sources, interpreting data, summarizing and presenting information, and evaluating results.
Critical Thinking: Thinking independently, reading critically, understanding components of complex problems, perceiving patterns/structures, comparing/contrasting, synthesizing themes, and summarizing ideas.

Career Choices:

  • Advertising specialist
  • Author
  • Broadcaster
  • Editor/publisher
  • Educator
  • Film/arts critic
  • Freelance writer
  • Grant writer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative assistant
  • Librarian
  • Market research analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Public relations director
  • Radio production assistance
  • Screenwriter
  • Speech writer
  • Writer's agent

70% of graduates go on to find related employment. 20% go on to graduate school.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,740.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected February, November 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,


New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class.

You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university.

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world. They know how to compare your country’s grading scale to the one we use here at UB.

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 70, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 523, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.0, the minimum score of PTE is 50, the minimum score of ACT (English and Reading) is 18, the minimum score of SAT I Critical Reading (Old Version) is 450 and the minimum score of SAT I ERWS (New Version) is 500.

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


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