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English Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Creighton’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English gives you a solid foundation for careers and leadership roles in many professional fields. An English major is your pathway to jobs in law, medicine, administration, research, education, writing, business, public and foreign service, and more.

Learn about linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and explore literature from around the world, while fostering the communication, creative and analytical skills needed for today’s jobs.

Our committed faculty will help cultivate an understanding of literature and human issues with an emphasis on the Jesuit values of social justice and commitment to service.

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Program Details

The Bachelor of Arts in English prepares graduates for various pathways to a fulfilling career in almost any field that requires strong skills in communication, analysis and creativity. Graduates with Creighton’s BA in English regularly go to law and medical school. In fact, surveys show that law and medical schools prefer English majors to many others. Others go to graduate school in English studies and creative writing.

As an English major, you’ll learn:

  • Critical-thinking skills
  • An appreciation for language and literature
  • How to communicate and express yourself through the written word


Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 36 credits within the English curriculum.

Graduate Studies

English graduates pursue a variety of postgraduate programs:

  • 5-10% go into graduate studies
  • 10-15% go to law school
  • 10-15% enter other professional schools such as medicine or dentistry

Minor in English

A minor in English is a wonderful complement to many majors in the sciences and humanities. Your English classes are flexible and provide a strong training in essential academic and professional skills, including critical analysis and writing. For more details including course requirements, please visit the catalog.

Film Studies Minor

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that gives you an appreciation of film as an expressive art form, with emphasis on film history, criticism, theory, aesthetics and narrative techniques. See the film studies curriculum.


The Certificate in Creative Writing explores imaginative writing and is perfect for those looking to expand their creativity or enhance their career.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Abigail Joiner
“My English major at Creighton is my favorite part of college. The faculty care so deeply for their students, and the classes are engaging. I love being able to participate in all the different facets of my major and what the department has to offer.”
— Abigail Joiner, English Major
Surbhi Malik
“Stories are at the core of most human interaction, including in professions such as law, medicine and nursing. The creative and analytical skills students acquire in Creighton’s English program prepare them for excellence in a variety of jobs.”
— Surbhi Malik, PhD, Assistant Professor of English
Nika Swift
“The English program is built to impart knowledge and allow for individual expression. It’s a community of people who are ready to learn together. It is so enriching to dive deeper into the written world, while also finding meaning for oneself.”
— Nika Swift, English Major

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