College Magazine ranked Purdue’s Department of English third for “Top Ten Best Schools for English Majors” in June 2015. Purdue’s English students gain skills in critical thinking and creative problem-solving; the ability to conduct research; facility with language and written and oral communication; respect for diversity; and the capacity to explain complexities as succinctly as possible. Students interested in English can choose from four Bachelor of Arts programs: English (focused on literature), English Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. Students join organizations such as Student English Association, Haraka Writers, and the Professional Writers Club.

English Website

Plan of Study

English, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in English

  • Graduate or professional school
  • Publisher/editor
  • Business jobs in training/management
  • Reporter/writer

Transfer to English

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

Contact Information
Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
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