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Humanities

English

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Discover world-changing stories and the ideas behind them.

You think the book is always better than the movie. You’re the type of person who remembers every word of a favorite poem. Bookstores are like your second home. It’s obvious: You’re meant to be an English major.

Bring your creativity to understanding great works of literature. Explore the ideas of remarkable writers from the past and present. And discover your own voice as a writer and critical thinker.

Our reimagined general education curriculum will get you ready to succeed in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global world. You’ll graduate with the skills and work experience to open major doors in whatever field you pursue, whether education, tech, business, government, or the arts.

With an English degree from Lesley, you'll blaze a trail in the literary field as you grow into your career as a writer, publisher, multimedia producer, museum educator, reporter, and many more possibilities.

Embark on an exploration of the most significant writers and works from American, European, and world literature. Pursue the big questions, such as: What does it mean to be human? How does this change throughout different times and places? And begin to grasp how literature provides a way of understanding the human experience in all its complexity.

As an English major at Lesley, you’ll take an up-close look at specific themes, literary periods, genres, and authors. Through your small-group discussions, critical essays, oral presentations, and research, you’ll engage with ideas held by some of the most notable thinkers in human history.

The broader literary, cultural, and personal knowledge you develop in the classroom will be put into action through your real-world internships in Greater Boston—one of the world’s most literary cities. With close guidance from faculty, the connections you make in your internships at place like the New England Historical Society, Boston Magazine, Candlewick Press, Artscope Magazine, and many more, will help launch your career.

Undergraduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

120 Credits
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Craft Creative Combinations
As an English major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our English program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students. You'll receive hands-on attention from our specialized faculty, who will share their passion and expertise in everything from creative writing to gender, race, and sexuality studies, and more.

Internships
Where You'll Intern
You'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience before graduation, with at least two internships in places like:
Careers
Where You'll Go Next
Alumni go on to rewarding jobs in a variety of fields, and often pursue graduate study to enhance their careers.
doble campus during the fall

Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're studying history, creative writing, or another humanities major at Lesley, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll explore passions that you'll weave into your career, whether through art classes in our Lunder Arts Center or science explorations in our state-of-the-art lab. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunities, service work, culture, and fun that few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program.
English
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,600
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,900
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, more than 98% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,600
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,900
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, more than 98% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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