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Bachelor of Arts in English Degree


Bachelor of Arts in English Degree

Bachelor's degree

4 years

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Register by: Jun 14, 2023

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:

  • Develop knowledge related to foundations in literature, writing, research, and rhetoric.
  • Apply relevant theory and research to the analysis and critique of written works.
  • Create original written work that responds to a specific purpose and audience.
  • Integrate feedback to revise and enhance written works.

Careers & Outcomes

Careers & Outcomes

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

A communication program can prepare you to be a: 

  • Creative writer
  • Technical writer


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for media and communications occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

You'll have a team of advisors at University of Phoenix



Paying for school

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Cost per credit

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You’ll enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That’s your Tuition Guarantee.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy

Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.


Your prior credits can cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree to help you graduate in as little as a year.

Enrollment representatives are ready to help

Need some help?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

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.

real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience




Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

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Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

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Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Arts in English degree

An English degree focuses on writing and literature while building skills that promote critical thinking, information use, collaboration, communication and analysis — all of which are essential to effective and efficient work.

Because graduates have versatile skills, they can apply to a variety of industries such as marketing, media (public relations, advertising, copywriting, website development), technical writing, public service (politics and government), human resources, healthcare and others.

Teaching at the primary or secondary level typically requires certification that is dependent on state requirements. Teaching English at the college level mainly requires a master’s degree or above, and a bachelor’s degree in English can prepare you for graduate work in this and other disciplines.

An English degree at the University of Phoenix allows students to choose a balance of courses in both literature and writing. You’ll complete a set of required core courses. And you’ll have the flexibility to choose elective courses within the degree to either focus or broaden your English knowledge.

Yes, you can earn your Bachelor of Arts in English degree from University of Phoenix with 100% online classes that you can access 24/7/365.

Our online English degree is designed specifically so that working professionals like you can earn it without leaving your current role. This degree gives students a well-rounded background by offering a solid foundation for three major fields within English studies: writing, rhetoric and literature. The program blends a multifaceted understanding of major literary genres, authors, and forms, along with proficiency in the English language.

Additionally, the program is structured to allow you to personalize your program through a Focus Study cluster of courses in areas outside of English, such as business, psychology, environmental science or cybersecurity, which could help you prepare for a writing career in that field.

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.

Effective communication is paramount in today’s workforce. You’re ready to take on your future – and we’re behind you. Together, we rise.

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.