What will I learn?

People may ask you why you want to be an English major, and beyond telling them that you enjoy reading and writing, you might enjoy having some evidence to demonstrate that it is a versatile–and valuable–degree. Just take a look at the many career options open to English majors or the lengthy list of famous people who earned degrees in English. Another great resources is Dear English Major, a website dedicated to showing English majors all that is possible with an English degree.

Based on a strong general education foundation in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, the undergraduate major in English is built around a set of core requirements. All English majors take six courses (18 hours) in American, British, and World Literature, Film, Rhetoric, and Linguistics.

Beyond the core, English majors must choose a 21 hour concentration from the following five options:

Creative Writing, Film Studies, Language Writing & Rhetoric, Linguistics, Literature, Teacher Education

Skills You Could Develop

Written communication

Career Titles

Technical Writer
Advertising Writer
Marketing Rep
Media Relations
Administrative Manager
Various Business, Government & Nonprofit Careers

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,045.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

106 Caldwell Hall,

Campus Box 8101,


North Carolina,

27695, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper Based score of 563; PTE Academic score of 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub score).

For international students

Freshman applicants must submit an official high school transcript (academic record)

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.5 in each sub score)

TOEFL IBT: 85 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub score)

PTE Academic: 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub score)

English Composition I and II from an accredited U.S. College or University: Grade of C or higher

Application Deadlines:

Fall Entry: January 15

Spring Entry: October 1

*We have extended our application deadline to October 15

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


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