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Bachelor of Science in English

Undergraduate

An English major is a good foundation for careers in communications, business, law, social work, the fine arts, and teaching. Course work introduces students to important literary texts and to the development of the English language and the origins of western literature and culture. Students can develop reading and writing skills, rigorous critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate complex ideas persuasively, all while obtaining a broad liberal education.

Advising

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. on Friday.

Iris Tabb
Iris Tabb
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-3499

Elisa Wang
Elisa Wang
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6793

Meet with Iris

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required course work

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Before enrolling in any literature course, you must satisfactorily complete Analytical Writing (U11 111)*

English majors are required to take 10 courses as noted below: two required introductory courses; four required 300-level courses (Introduction to Literary Theory, three historical); and four 300-level electives.

* This requirement effective as of Summer 2019. Students admitted to University College programs prior to Summer 2019 are expected to fulfill the requirements in place at the time of their admission.  

Two Introductory Courses

Intended to be taken first, which are critical surveys of the literary history of the major literatures in the English language. Along with an understanding of the historical movements in literature, these courses also will help students develop a vocabulary of critical analysis and literary criticism:

  • Early Texts and Contexts (U65 261)
  • Modern Texts and Contexts (U65 262)
Four 300-Level Courses

  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Three Historical Courses. You must select at least one course from each of the following groups:
    • Group 1: Medieval, Early Modern
    • Group 2: The Eighteenth Century, The Nineteenth Century, The Twentieth Century and later
Four 300-Level Electives

admissions requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
2.7 minimum GPA

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Transcripts

Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.

 

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Michelle Ellis

"Getting a degree from Washington University has opened so many doors for me. I utilize the skills I learned in my current job, in my personal life, and in just about anything that I do."

―Michelle EllisMS in Clinical Research Management, BS with a double major in English & Psychology

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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Victoria Thomas | (314) 935-7428 | vthomas@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu