English

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in English teaches you to organize thoughts and ideas, and express them with eloquence and clarity as you explore English, American, and world literature. It also places an emphasis on preparing you to be successful in a variety of professions where exceptional communications skills are valued, such as public relations, editing, writing, reporting, legal, and research. A concentration in writing techniques addresses specific audiences in creative, technical, and professional arenas, and gives you the opportunity to develop articles and other writing samples as part of a portfolio.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Research, analytical, and written communication skills
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Complexities of sound, sequence, and language structure
  • History of the English language
  • British and American fiction and poetry
  • Literary figures such as Hemingway, Twain, Shakespeare, and Chaucer
  • Different methods of professional communication
  • Storytelling through personal essays and other types of writing
  • Worldwide cultures and their literary works

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively express ideas and evidence in writing.
  • Discuss representative literary texts and critical theory to enhance a life-long learning process.
  • Conduct an analysis of a literary work and discuss the history and characteristics of various periods and genres.
  • Analyze written materials and examine the relevance of multiple interpretations in a diverse society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literature in the British and American canon and beyond, in order to apply their interpretations against their own cultural experience.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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General

Allows you to select 6 courses from a list of 20 courses in writing and literature, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

View other concentrations in this program for more sample courses.

  • LITR324 - African-American Literature
  • LITR341 - Folklore
  • LITR355 - Latin American Literature
  • LITR365 - Middle Eastern Literature
  • LITR370 - African Literature
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Writing

Focuses on developing your writing skills by enabling you to select 6 writing courses in a variety of genres. Gives you the opportunity to develop writing samples as part of a portfolio.

Sample Courses

  • ENGL120 - Creative Writing
  • ENGL220 - Technical Writing
  • COMM350 - Journalism
  • ENGL225 - Business Writing
  • ENGL320 - Freelance Writing
  • ENGL322 - The Personal Essay
  • ENGL420 - Advanced Creative Writing

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.