Bachelor of Arts in English 

Explore the rich history of American, English and global literature with the Bachelor of Arts in English in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. This 123-credit undergraduate degree program helps you develop the skills to become an inventive writer and strong critical thinker. Learn to conduct research, formulate fresh and compelling arguments, and solve problems with creativity. 

Through the English BA curriculum, you will explore artistic, linguistic and literary movements throughout history, deepening your social intelligence and cultural awareness. Perform in-depth analyses of classic and contemporary works of literature, examining major themes through various critical lenses. 

The English BA prepares students for graduate-level study in English literature and other disciplines. It also positions students to immediately enter the workforce. Graduates are prepared to edit and write professionally in various forms, including

  • advertising,
  • essays,
  • grant proposals,
  • legal documents,
  • poetry, 
  • research projects,
  • speeches and
  • stories.

Through a well-established internship program and career seminar, this bachelor’s program lays the groundwork for careers in several fields, including

  • advertising,
  • business,
  • education,
  • government,
  • journalism 
  • law
  • marketing,
  • public relations,
  • publishing and
  • social services.

Classes & Curriculum

Courses offered in the English BA degree program include the following.

  • Analytical Reading and Writing
  • Interpreting Literature
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Introduction to British Writing
  • Introduction to Global Writing

Students are required to complete a capstone course during their final year.

Learn more about the English BA curriculum.

Related Graduate Degrees

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You can focus on English or you can take the following concentration.

  • Creative Writing

    Develop the skills critical to reading and analyzing complex literary texts across a variety of historical contexts and cultures. Prepare for professional writing and editing in fields such as business, public relations, publishing and journalism, and more.

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Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement degree programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year