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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Arts in English Degree

4 years

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Register by: Apr 21, 2021

Be the creative difference. Immerse yourself in a world of literature, composition and rhetoric with an English degree. You’ll prepare for creative opportunities in professional settings, such as public relations or technical or freelance writing.

  • Understand written texts and apply rhetorical concepts in a variety of diverse communication situations

  • Analyze literature and critically read written communication

  • Author expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive pieces of writing

  • Apply collaborative skills in analysis and composition in order to collectively create a well-written product

  • Research authors, historical contexts and theoretical frameworks to deepen comprehension of written works

  • Evaluate literary and rhetorical works for quality and purpose

  • Contextualize major literary genres, authors, and forms

  • Think critically, analyze, collaborate, and communicate effectively



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Your academic counselor will help you schedule classes for our online Bachelor of Arts in English program.

What you'll learn

When you earn your English Degree, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Applying learned  principles in rhetorical strategies of exposition, persuasion, narration, and descriptive writing.
  • Understanding  texts and rhetorical concepts relevant to a variety of communication situations and contingencies.
  • Analyzing and collaborating in the creation of a written product.
  • Comparing literature across forms, genres, and schools, and identifying essential elements used by authors in written works.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Arts in English?

A BA in English can prepare you to become a:

  • Creative writer
  • Technical writer
8 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for technical writers is projected to be faster than average between 2018 and 2028.


Paying for school

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Save time and money on your Certificate

Credit transfer made easy

Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

Enrollment representative


Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at (844) 937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.


Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Take one class at a time and choose a start date that works for your schedule.

Online or campus-based learning

Enroll in online classes and study anytime of the day or night, 24/7/365. Or enroll at a campus in your state to attend classes virtually with your peers.

Around-the-clock support and resources

Access our online resources 24/7 or reach our trained representatives by phone or chat 20 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Faculty & Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

Have questions about how to enroll in the online English degree program or any other program? Fill out the request for information form – and we’ll get you in touch with an enrollment representative.

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While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.