Online Bachelor of Arts in English

Are you interested in gaining skills in writing, linguistics, analysis and research? Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in English may be the right fit for you. As a graduate with well-rounded knowledge and abilities, you’ll be prepared for career paths in creative or professional writing, marketing, communication and more.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 39

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

Degree questions, answered

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What can you do with an English degree?

Oral and written communication skills are in demand by employers across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. This online English degree can help prepare you for careers in nearly any discipline, including journalism, education, public policy, social media and communication.

This program is an ideal choice for those looking to advance in their careers or enter a new field. Your coursework will emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving, as well as the value of multiple perspectives and experiences.

The skills you’ll gain as an English major

In this program, you’ll develop the ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences, lead teams and solve complex problems. You’ll also explore perspectives on a variety of themes from environmental concerns and the rhetoric of crisis management to contemporary approaches for studying literature and digital narratives.

In your courses, you’ll build transferable competencies in areas such as:

  • Contextual analysis.
  • Conventions of literacy.
  • Critical reading and writing.
  • Cross-cultural awareness.
  • Digital and multimodal composition.
  • Linguistics.
  • Storytelling and narrative development.
  • Rhetorical scholarship.

Can you become a teacher with an English degree?

No. However, a bachelor’s degree in English can be a stepping stone toward becoming a K-12 teacher. Certification and licensure requirements vary by state and typically require additional courses in education.

Please note: If you’re interested in pursuing teaching, you must check the requirements of your state licensure board.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a variety of graduate and professional programs, such as those that lead to teacher certification. Other advanced studies you can pursue include law, journalism, communication and medicine, among others.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Online English courses

You’ll take a set of core courses designed to build your writing, revising and editing skills, as well as knowledge of analysis and contextualization. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a variety of English electives, such as creative and business writing, environmental nonfiction, medieval literature and more. Courses may include:


The jobs you could get with a bachelor’s degree in English

The broad skills and knowledge you’ll gain in this program support an array of career opportunities. You can pursue roles such as advertising copywriter, instructional designer, editor, publications researcher, social media manager, web content writer and more. Additional potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

Communications Specialist


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $73,150

Editor


Growth: -4.0 %
Salary: $73,080

English Professor


Growth: 1.2 %
Salary: $74,280

Freelance Writer


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $73,150

High School Teacher


Growth: 1.0 %
Salary: $62,360

Public Relations Specialist


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $67,440

SEO Specialist


Growth: 13.4 %
Salary: $68,230

Technical Writer


Growth: 6.9 %
Salary: $79,960

Study with experts in the field of English

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.
  • Pulitzer Prize winners.

Study with experts in the field of English

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.
  • Pulitzer Prize winners.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$170 million


in research expenditures in 2022.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

100+


undergraduate degrees.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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