At the College of Liberal Arts, you can major, minor or earn a certificate in English. You can even earn an English degree with a concentration in creative writing and contribute to the Hyphen Interdisciplinary Journal. At Temple University, you’ll get the academic advising and professional development to make sure you fly in four years and are on track for a career after graduation. Still have questions? Find out what your tuition and fees would be, learn about your financial aid options and admissions deadlines and read over our additional resources.
Major in English at Temple
English majors become reflective readers and strong, inventive writers. Courses in the Department of English explore past and present artistic, linguistic, literary and social movements and their aftermaths. Learn about topics that range from Shakespeare to depictions of race in literature from distinguished and internationally renown faculty. Like all undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, majoring in English teaches you how to think creatively and critically, cultivate social intelligence and solve problems. A BA in English not only prepares you for graduate-level study in English literature and in other academic disciplines, but also prepares you for careers that include advertising, business, education, government and law. We offer a well-established internship program and a popular career seminar that prepares English majors for life after graduation.
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Minor in English
The Minor in English is an excellent way to extend the breadth of your education and experience the rich history of American, English and global literature. Whether you plan to become a lawyer, a doctor or a social worker, minoring in English helps you develop strong analytical thinking and writing skills. As a result, minoring in English gives you better leverage in the job search or in graduate admissions after college. English minors take introduction courses in American, British and global literature in addition to a course in interpreting literature.
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Certificate in Professional Writing
If you attend a different Temple program, the Certificate in Professional Writing allows you to focus on the skills and theory of writing. Powerful writing is an invaluable asset for people in all walks of life. This certificate is designed to give students training that will prepare them to be polished communicators in a variety of professional environments, effectively use digital tools, skillfully convey field-specific information, productively collaborate with diverse teams, and competently interact with cross-cultural audiences.
Students will put the specific knowledge and skills learned in their majors to work in publishing, editing, content-generation, development, communications, or administration in for-profit, non-profit, government, and free-lance settings, among others. At the conclusion of the certificate, they will have assembled a portfolio of accomplished work. The certificate provides maximum flexibility, allowing students to focus on the specific skills and competencies that are most relevant for their chosen field.
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Creative Writing Concentration
If writing is your passion, Temple’s Department of English offers a BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Our students are immersed in poetry and fiction and gain experience writing in different genres. Prominent and award-winning writers lead Temple’s undergraduate Creative Writing program - students work closely with faculty to become better writers and readers. We recommend Creative Writing Concentration students focus on either fiction, poetry or screenwriting.
Hyphen Interdisciplinary Journal
Hyphen is Temple’s only undergraduate student literary magazine. Founded by Professor Jena Osman twelve years ago, the journal has published close to 400 fiction writers, poets and visual artists. We release a print magazine every spring and host open mic nights and other events to support Temple’s literary and artistic community. To get involved, please contact us at email@example.com.
Academic Advising and Professional Development
Take full advantage of the College of Liberal Arts’ flexible curriculum with the help of our award-winning advisors. We help you select a major or a minor, and graduate on time. Beyond academics, our advisors ensure that you have a rich experience at Temple by complementing your academic work with internships, study abroad programs and other experiential learning opportunities.
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Fly in Four
Take charge of your future and limit your debt. The Fly in 4 partnership allows you to complete your degree on time — or Temple will pay for your remaining course work. Graduating on time means your path to success starts sooner. We provide you with the resources you need to graduate in four years, like academic advising and classes offered when you need them. You commit to doing what it takes to blaze your career path in four years.
Tuition and Fees
For more than 130 years, we have focused on providing a world-class education at an affordable price. Just compare Temple to other universities and see what we mean. Temple tuition rates vary by college or school, residency status, student level and more. Use the Temple Tuition Calculator to estimate your tuition rate.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
At Temple, we believe that students from all walks of life should have access to an outstanding college education. If you need help paying for your education, you aren’t alone. Most students receive some form of financial aid to fund their education. About 60% of first-year Temple students receive need-based financial aid, and the average first-year financial aid package is about $15,000. Eligible students receive financial assistance from federal, state, private and university sources. Explore your financial aid options and apply early to make your college education an affordable experience.
Temple Admissions Deadlines
- Feb. 1: Freshman Application Deadline for Fall Semester
- March 1: FAFSA Financial Aid Application Deadline
- Nov. 1: Transfer Deadline for Spring Semester
- June 1: Transfer Deadline for Fall Semester