On October 1, 1949, the English Literature Faculty was one of the first six faculties established by the National University. Opening of the faculties is not separated from Prof. Dr. Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, who since 1946 has established the Association of Promoting Science and Culture (PMIK) along with a number of Indonesian struggle figures, among them Poerwadarminta, Mr. Ali Budiardjo, and Prof. Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, with the principle that the intellectual life of the nation is an integral part of the nation's struggle.

In 1984 the Faculty of Literature of Indonesia, the Faculty of English Literature, and the Faculty of Literature of East Asia joined under one roof named the Faculty of Letters of the National University, while English literature became one of the courses, the English Literature Study Program.

The English Literature Study Program has three concentrations: Literature, Linguistics, and translation. Currently, it has implemented a competency-based curriculum in terms of language that includes the ability to speak, hear, read, write and translate. In addition, the English Literature Study Program also continues to enhance cooperation programs with foreign universities, cultural exchanges, performances and literary and linguistic discussions.