About this Program

The B.A. in English Literature Emphasis adds expertise in interpreting literary and other creative cultural texts to the grounding in all aspects of English Studies provided by the core requirements for the B.A. in English.

Program Highlights

  • Gives students a comprehensive understanding of the history and cultural significance of American, British, and other literary traditions written primarily in English

  • Includes focused study of culturally diverse literary traditions, such as African-American, Native American, Asian American, and World literatures

  • Gives students comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the various methodologies for interpreting literary works that literary scholars have developed

  • Offers students curricular flexibility in choosing which areas of literature they wish to focus on

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Modes


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$68,230 Median Salary

Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Human Resources Specialists

$66,220 Median Salary

Perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,660 Median Salary

Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


$60,760 Median Salary

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers

Alumni Careers

Library Technician
Haymarket Community Library
International Program Coordinator
Operation Smile
Instructor of English
Eastern Shore Community College


What are the requirements to apply for Literature at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Literature should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

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