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Literature (English, B.A.)

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.

Literature (English, B.A.)


What is Literature at ODU like?

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

What makes Literature at ODU unique?

  • 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


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.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary



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.




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




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

Human Resources Specialists



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


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Library Technician, Haymarket Community Library (LIT 2014); International Program Coordinator, Operation Smile (LIT 2016); Instructor of English, Eastern Shore Community College (LIT 2003); Corporate Facility Security Officer, Valkyrie Enterprises (LIT 2012)  


What are some courses offered in Literature at ODU?

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.

ENGL 465W:
African American Literature

An investigation of how African American literature has innovated, influenced, and been influenced by literary movements, historical events, social transitions, and political upheavals. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: One 300-level literature course or permission of instructor and a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and a grade of C or better in one of the following: ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C.

ENGL 493:
Contemporary World Literature

Fiction, poetry, and plays written during the last fifty years in nations throughout the world. Most texts will have been written originally in languages other than English. The course will focus on a comparative study of works produced in a variety of cultural contexts, and will explore a range of approaches to defining or circumscribing world literature. Prerequisite: One 300-level literature course or permission of the instructor.


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)


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


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

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