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Turn your passion for reading and writing into a rewarding career. A bachelor's degree in English helps prepare graduates to become articulate global citizens who can:

  • Understand literary and cultural works from across history;
  • Analyze how changing media affect the world;
  • Communicate clearly and creatively.

No matter where you are in your career, a bachelor's degree in English from Mizzou will help you stand out. Prepare to enter the workforce, change your career or advance your current position. Our faculty are nationally recognized scholars and writers who provide a high-quality education to our students. 

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Writing and editing
  • Problem solving
  • Research methods
  • Cultural literacy

As an English major, you will have an incredibly diverse array of job opportunities available to you upon graduation, from writing and editing to business and advertising. The online bachelors program at MU also prepares graduates for further graduate study in a wide range of disciplines such as education, law and the helping professions.

Program structure and topics

The online bachelor's in English is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Online courses have varying lengths. Time to graduation depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Course work covers

  • American and British literature
  • Writing about literature
  • Creative writing
  • History of the English language
  • Research methods

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of English program as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.
  2. For freshmen: Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT. Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades. For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements: https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-freshmen/admission-requirements/
  3. For transfer students: Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 195. Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 15
November 15
April 15


  • .Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)
  • ENGLSH 2100Writing About Literature3 Credits

    Introduces the student to reading in three or four genres (fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction) and to literary concepts and terms and their application in literary analysis.

  • ENGLSH 4970WCapstone Experience (Writing Intensive)3 Credits

    For students in their last semester, this course focuses on a major project and the processes of selection, research, and writing leading to its completion. Includes a professional component (resume, cover letter).

  • .Electives at the 1000 and 2000 level (no more than 3 credit hours)
  • ENGLSH 1310Introduction to American Literature3 Credits

    A basic introduction to the concepts, terms, and practices commonly encountered in literary study, presented by way of texts from the history of American literature that appropriately demonstrate such concepts, terms, and practices.

  • ENGLSH 1510Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction3 Credits

    Introduces basic narrative techniques, including writing original stories.

  • ENGLSH 2009Studies in English: 1890 to present3 Credits

    Underclass topics. Subjects vary from semester to semester. No more than six hours may be taken in the Topics in English Studies series.

  • ENGLSH 2150Popular Literature: Tolkien3 Credits

    Study of literary genres, such as science fiction and the detective novel, that may be overlooked in traditional literature classes.

  • ENGLSH 2150Popular Literature: Literature of Baseball3 Credits

    Study of literary genres, such as science fiction and the detective novel, that may be overlooked in traditional literature classes.

  • ENGLSH 2189Introduction to Women's Literature, 1890- present3 Credits

    (same as WGST 2189). See ENGLSH 2180 for course description.

  • .Electives at the 3000 level and above
  • ENGLSH 3200Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 17843 Credits

    Historical survey from beginnings of British literature through the age of Johnson, with readings representing significant writers, works and currents of thought.

  • ENGLSH 3210Survey of British Literature: Romanticism to the present3 Credits

    Historical survey of British literature from the Romantic period to the present, emphasizing important writers and significant intellectual and cultural movements.

  • ENGLSH 3300WSurvey of American Literature: Beginnings to 18653 Credits

    A survey of major writers and movements in American literature from Colonialism to Romanticism.

  • ENGLSH 3310Survey of American Literature: 1865- present3 Credits

    A survey of major writers and movements in American literature from realism to postmodernism.

  • ENGLSH 3400WSurvey of African American Literature: Beginnings to 1900 (Writing Intensive)3 Credits

    (same as BL_STU 3400). A survey of major authors and movements in African American literature from its beginnings to 1900.

  • ENGLSH 4040Studies in Writing3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ENGLSH 7040). A hybrid reading/writing course that focuses on a form of nonfiction prose, such as the experimental essay, art criticism, book reviews, spiritual writing, nature writing, etc. This course is not a workshop, although it may incorporate workshop elements. Designed for English majors who may or may not have taken creative writing courses.

  • ENGLSH 4140Modern Literature3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ENGLSH 7140). A study of selected twentieth-century literature within the intellectual and cultural contexts of the modern era.

  • ENGLSH 4179Comparative Approaches to Literature: 1890- present3 Credits

    Study of works separated by the places or eras of their composition, but united by themes or traditions. Topics (e.g., Poets of African Diaspora, Literatures of Exile) announced at time of registration. No more than six hours may be taken in the Comparative Approaches to Literature.

  • ENGLSH 4188Major Women Authors; 1890- present3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ENGLSH 7168). See ENGLSH 4160 for course description.

  • ENGLSH 4220Renaissance and the Seventeenth Century Literature3 Credits

    Topics (e.g., The Metaphysical Poets, Themes in Shakespeare) announced at time of registration. No more than six hours may be taken in the Renaissance and Seventeenth Century Literature.

  • ENGLSH 4610History of the English Language3 Credits

    (same as LINGST 4610; cross-leveled with ENGLSH 7610, LINGST 7610). Historical changes in the grammar and pronunciation of the English language from Old English to the present. Introduction to Indo-European origins of English.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $299.00
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $356.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $897.00
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1068.99
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $382.40
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $439.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1147.20
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1319.19
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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