Bachelor - English

The Bachelor of Arts in English program at Ashford University offers you the opportunity to develop critical thinking and writing skills through a rigorous study of literature. You can learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in English program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's online Bachelor of Arts in English program will introduce you to linguistic theory, literary research techniques, literary theory, and various literary genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and the novel. Throughout the program you will read and critically analyze American literature from early colonization to the present; British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the mid-eighteenth century, and various selections from the Romantic period to the present; and current international writing. You will have the opportunity to participate in creative writing workshops and develop composition skills for writing narrative, reflective, and research essays.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in English program should enjoy reading and world literature. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in English program requirements totals 120 credits. This includes 36 major credits, 46 general education credits, and 44 elective credits.

English Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
ENG 341 Studies in Literary Genres
ENG 201 American Literature to 1865
ENG 202 American Literature After 1865
ENG 345 British Literature I
ENG 346 British Literature II
ENG 325 Intermediate Composition
ENG 321 Introductory Linguistics
ENG 317 International Voices
ENG 380 Literary Research
ENG 318 Creative Writing
ENG 438 Literary Theory
ENG 497 English Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in English program can prepare you for entry into a variety of fields by offering you critical thinking and communication skills that can be valuable in many professions. Depending on your personal interests and professional goals, you could work in schools, businesses, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, or government agencies. As a graduate of the program, you could seek entry-level positions such as:

  • Copywriter
  • Technical writer
  • Corporate communication specialist
  • Publications researcher
  • Journalist
  • Retail manager

Advanced Degrees

After completing Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in English program, you may wish to continue your education with graduate studies. As an English major, there are many options available to you. You could earn your teaching credentials, or go into law, science, medicine, or business. You have the freedom to choose from a wide range of programs based on your professional and educational goals, including:

  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Education in English
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Juris Doctorate
  • Doctor of Medicine

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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