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BA English

The study of English has long been considered one of the best ways to obtain a liberal education. Courses offered by Portland State University are designed to develop students’ critical capabilities, to deepen their understanding of diverse cultural issues, and to improve their abilities to analyze and produce complex texts.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Various concentrations in literature and writing allow students flexible ways to combine interests in the literary arts with personal and professional goals. Community-based learning courses encourage students to integrate their academic skills with experience in the metropolitan area. Indeed, the breadth of knowledge and the communication skills that English majors typically acquire make them attractive to many potential employers and prepare them for graduate work leading to professions such as law.

For those who wish to teach, the English Department prepares majors for graduate work leading to teaching certification or for entry into graduate master’s or doctoral programs in English. PSU graduates in English have gone on to succeed in advanced degree programs at many major universities.

The Department of English offers undergraduate degrees in English as well as minors in English and Writing. We also offer an interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies through the Departments of English, Communications, and Theater Arts.

Your Potential To Be Exponential

At Portland State University , you feel like you’re part of a movement. The kind that keeps your classmates rooting for you and your professors pulling for you. You’ll form bonds with faculty and friends in small classes that dive deep into the issues that matter most to you. We are proud to be one of the nation’s most transformative universities. Because every time your success inspires others, you change the world.


Courses Included

  • American Indian Literature
  • Jewish and Israeli Literature
  • African American Literature
  • American Literature and Culture
  • Topics in Literature, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Topics in Literature, Race, and Ethnicity
  • Women’s Literature
  • Caribbean Literature
  • African Fiction