Online Bachelor’s in English Program Guide

Writers today can add value in a wide variety of workplaces. When you earn your Maryville University online bachelor’s in English  you can learn from experienced writers what it takes to stand out as an effective communicator.

Here, you can fully immerse yourself in literary studies while you build your writing, reasoning, and critical thinking skills. Then you can customize your degree with a career-focused minor to pursue more opportunities, from shaping young minds to reaching readers online.

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At a glance

Apply with no application fee or entrance exam requirements.

Access 100% online coursework and digital research tools.

Choose a minor that complements your English degree.

Complete an internship to gain experience writing and editing in your preferred setting.


Maryville’s online Bachelor of Arts in English comprises 128 credit hours and includes coursework in general education, your English major, your minor, and general electives. Students also complete a capstone project and an internship.

Required English Major Courses

  • ENGL 205 Writing About Literature
  • ENGL 312 History of Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 316 Grendel to Gutenberg: English Literature I
  • ENGL 317 Gulliver to Google: English Literature II
  • ENGL 499 Internship

Additional English Major Courses

  • ENGL 108 Multicultural Voices in American Literature
  • ENGL 118 Literary Forms: Fable to Film
  • ENGL 307 Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENGL 317 Gulliver to Google: English Literature II
  • ENGL 319 Survey of Women’s Lit
  • ENGL 321 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 336 African American Literature, Music, and Protest
  • ENGL 356 World Mythology
  • ENGL 357 World Literature I: The Dawn of Story
  • ENGL 358 World Literature II: The Modern Mind
  • ENGL 370 History of Western Theatre

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry demands.

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Admission requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA for freshman applicants: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Minimum GPA for college or university transfer applicants: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended
  • Official high school transcript (required for applicants with fewer than 60 transfer hours from a regionally accredited school)
  • Eligible transfer credits accepted; associate degree completion may satisfy general education requirements
  • No standardized tests required

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission.

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Why Maryville Online?

We’ve been progressively challenging the norms of higher education for nearly 150 years. We started as one of the first universities to educate women. Today, we continue to push the boundaries and prepare students like you for a digital world. At Maryville, we understand what it takes to step beyond your comfort zone.

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus. We’re located just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Enhance your skills. Broaden your career.

Top 4 skills you can develop:

  • Creative application
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Creative, technical, and professional writing ability
  • Understanding of how classical and contemporary literature impacts our lives

Top 4 careers you can pursue:

  • Author or writer
  • Managing editor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Legal editor

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