What is the difference between English (BA) and English Literature (BA)?

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Hey guys,
Yeah if anyone can help me with this please?
Do you still actually study literary works in depth in English (BA)?

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Hey guys,
Yeah if anyone can help me with this please?
Do you still actually study literary works in depth in English (BA)?

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It'll depend on the course however most universities will include an English Literature strand within a more generalised English BA.

The usual difference between the two is that English Literature BA's focus specifically upon the in depth study and analysis of literary works. There may be optional modules or joint honours available that will allow you to include Language, Film, American Studies or Creative Writing but, for the most part, you'll be focusing on literature.

On an English BA, you're likely to have literature as one strand of study but other strands might include English Language, Film & TV, Creative Writing, and Drama, or a more equal split between the study of language and literature elements.

As I say though, check the course content and prospectus as what universities mean by 'English' can vary from place to place. Some English BA's are, essentially, English Literature courses whilst others offer a greater focus on English Language, or on providing a broad base with other elements.

Hope that helps!

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It'll depend on the course however most universities will include an English Literature strand within a more generalised English BA.

The usual difference between the two is that English Literature BA's focus specifically upon the in depth study and analysis of literary works. There may be optional modules or joint honours available that will allow you to include Language, Film, American Studies or Creative Writing but, for the most part, you'll be focusing on literature.

On an English BA, you're likely to have literature as one strand of study but other strands might include English Language, Film & TV, Creative Writing, and Drama, or a more equal split between the study of language and literature elements.

As I say though, check the course content and prospectus as what universities mean by 'English' can vary from place to place. Some English BA's are, essentially, English Literature courses whilst others offer a greater focus on English Language, or on providing a broad base with other elements.

Hope that helps!

Amy Louise
Thank you so much for your help, that makes so much more sense now!
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Thank you so much for your help, that makes so much more sense now!
No problem! Hope you find a course that works well for you!

If you want to know about Keele's English courses, you can find all the details at https://www.keele.ac.uk/humanities/study/english/ - we run BA's in English Literature, English Literature and Creative Writing, and English and American Literature, as well as a number of joint honours English courses .

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It depends on the university, in most universities in the UK though "English" is used interchangeable with "English Literature" however. Courses specifically focusing on e.g. creative writing, English linguistics, and other more general topics as outlined above may be covered in a degree simply called "English" but also may not be.

You should look at the modules/papers on offer for any degree you are considering applying to, as that will tell you what the course actually consists of, far more than the degree name (e.g. English Literature vs English) or title (e.g. BA vs BSc).
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