Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Gain real-world experience in professional writing with local businesses, non-profits, and a wide variety of publishers through our internship program.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty including Fullbright and National Endowment for the Humanities recipients, Mellon Fellows, and Distinguished and Trustee Professors.
  • Research and write about the study of literature, as well as non-literary works such as film, television, fashion, and ritual.
  • Study abroad for either a semester or full year and explore literature worldwide.
  • Immerse yourself in impactful events including our faculty lecture series, the Stonecoast Creative Writing Conference, the annual O’Brien Poetry Event, and Celebrate Writers.
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Program requirements

Build a strong academic foundation through the fundamentals of literary research and analysis. You’ll explore a range of literary traditions while sharpening your critical writing skills. You’ll also build a body of original research through your senior capstone.

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A versatile degree

Interested in education or publishing? Our program will prepare you for both, along with careers involving communication, analysis, and creativity. We can also help you get ready for a potential MA and PhD in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, and more.

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Creativity in practice

Our award-winning, widely published faculty cover a diverse range of subjects and expertise. Along with their active roles in campus literary life and research, they are producing new work in a multitude of genres and mediums.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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