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English (B.A.)

Explore the opportunities offered by our innovative program, which integrates writing, rhetoric, discourse, technology, and textual studies. Our courses offer creative reinterpretations of these fields within the discipline of English. We emphasize research on texts and media as they are affected by form, purpose, technology of composition, audience, cultural location, social practices, and communities of discourse.

English (B.A.)


Description


What is this program at ODU like?

Explore the opportunities offered by our innovative program, which integrates writing, rhetoric, discourse, technology, and textual studies. Our courses offer creative reinterpretations of these fields within the discipline of English. We emphasize research on texts and media as they are affected by form, purpose, technology of composition, audience, cultural location, social practices, and communities of discourse.

Program Highlights


What makes this program at ODU unique?

  • The English undergraduate program offers five concentrations, including Creative Writing, Journalism, Professional Writing, Literature, and Applied Language Studies

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Writers and Authors

$72,120

MEDIAN SALARY


Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Public Relations Specialists

$67,990

MEDIAN SALARY


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$61,040

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

$72,120

MEDIAN SALARY


Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Courses


What are some courses offered in this program at ODU?

ENGL 307T:
Digital Writing


This course introduces students to issues of writing in various digital environments like web pages, email, blogs, wikis, and discussion boards. It also introduces fundamentals of hypertext authoring, digital and visual rhetoric, and image manipulation. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

ENGL 333:
Introduction to Critical Theory


This course introduces students to theories about the nature and value of literature and gives them experience in applying such theories to specific literary texts. Prerequisite: Three hours of literature or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 433:
Victorian Literature


A study of the chief writers and the cultural and philosophical backgrounds of the Victorian era, touching on the changes from the early to the later part of the period. Works analyzed include fiction, nonfiction prose, and poetry. Prerequisites: One 300-level literature course or permission of instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for this program at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in this program should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Upon completion of ENGL 110C, intended majors should apply to the chief departmental advisor for English to declare the major.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Chief Departmental Advisor


Name:

Heather Weddington


Location:

5006 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4036


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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