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 Major, 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 Major 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.

Certificate Programs

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

Classes & Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in English is a 123-credit program that can be completed over four years of full-time study. Courses offered in this 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 required courses for the English BA.

Related Graduate Degrees


You can focus on English or you can take one of the following concentrations.

    • Creative Writing

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 2018–2019 academic year.

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