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English

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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What is English?

This major studies literature, text, and culture. You’ll learn how to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of pieces of literature. You'll look at situations from new angles, and communicate your ideas through writing. Your coursework will delve into subjects like:

  • Fiction
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Film
  • Essays

You will also have the opportunity to take many writing-based classes to hone your professional writing skills. English may be right for you if exploring modern and historically complex issues sounds interesting. A Secondary Education option is also available for the teaching of English in high schools.

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Library and information science
  • Media
  • Publishing

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

67% employed after graduation

19% attending graduate school

$37,070 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana High School, Becker's Healthcare View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago-Kent College of Law View All

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

96% freshman retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,254
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $32,214

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,704
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $50,004

International

  • Tuition: $32,094
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,394
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