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Online Bachelor of Arts in English

Continue your story with your online bachelor’s in English.

Making connections that click — that’s what great writing and great careers have in common. That’s why your writing can help you stand out in any career. Earn your Bachelor of Arts in English online and choose from diverse minors to connect your intensive literary studies to jobs in media, education, law, marketing, psychology, tech, and more.

At Maryville University, you can develop valuable skills to evolve as a writer, researcher, and critical thinker operating in traditional and digital settings. You can also find unique degree pathways so your online B.A. in English can lead to even more options.

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Why earn your online B.A. in English?

Your online B.A. in English can help broaden your worldview, strengthen your research skills, and prepare you to provide in-depth critical analysis across a wide range of fields. You can increase your understanding of cultural context, historical knowledge, and textual analysis, and transfer these skills to any work environment. At Maryville University, we can show you how.

Our online English degree is highly adaptable, with options to expand the scope of your degree through elective courses, a writing internship, and your minor. During your capstone course, you can engage critical thinking abilities to analyze how writing is changed by its culture and circumstance, offering you an experience that teaches you to research and present ideas in any setting, from classrooms to conferences.

You can build knowledge that extends beyond the major literary works that still inspire culture today, allowing you to frame your insights within the context of critical analysis and narrative understanding. By earning your English degree, you’ll have the opportunity to develop expertise that can translate to effective career skills and help you excel in any area that interests you.

Flexible, affordable — and 100% online


100% online coursework:
No campus visits required.


Research- and project-based:
Gain real-world experience by completing a relevant internship.


Supportive faculty:
Engage with expert faculty to help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.


Study at a respected school:
Join Maryville University, listed among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes and the best values in private colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

What can you do with an English major?

The skills you develop as an English major can help you prepare for careers in many fields where critical thinking and writing skills are in high demand. From traditional settings like classrooms and newsrooms to emerging opportunities in startups and tech companies, there is an increasingly diverse range of jobs available for online English degree graduates today.

You can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Advertising firm
  • Virtual education
  • Media/communications company
  • Tech company
  • Private corporation
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Education organization
  • English education
  • Broadcasting agency

Career opportunities for online English degree grads include:

  • Author
  • Editor
  • Teacher
  • Copywriter
  • Copy editor
  • Web content writer
  • News editor
  • Web editor
  • Researcher
  • Reporter
  • Senior writer
  • Managing editor
  • Grant writer
  • Legal editor

What’s the market outlook for graduates with an online B.A. in English?

Diverse job opportunities.

Whether it’s to debut a new tech product or improve a brand presence online, storytelling is an in-demand skill. According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, full-time employment for English majors within six months of graduation was was up nearly 4% in 2015 compared to 2014, and average salaries were up about 15%. Even tech companies — most notably Google, in a 2013 report — now recognize the value of the skills an English degree can help build, including communication and critical analysis.

Higher earning potential.

Writers and authors earn average salaries of $61,820, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with higher earnings reported by professional and technical writers on average than media and communications workers. Editors earn $58,770 annually on average. PayScale.com recently found that by mid-career, an English major can earn on average $76,300. The highest-paid writers and editors earn more than $110,000 annually.

More teachers needed.

You can supplement your online degree with the requisite training and credentials to become a high school teacher, where you can earn an average salary of $59,170, according to the BLS. Job opportunities for teachers vary by region, but as the popularity of virtual schools continues to grow, as the Wall Street Journal reports demand for tech-savvy educators capable of providing quality online education services will increase, too.

Why choose Maryville University’s online English degree program?

At Maryville University, our online B.A. in English program prepares you to use digital resources to enhance your point of view and improve your writing. It’s designed to help you become a more flexible writer and savvy literary mind so you can use advanced storytelling skills in your career. We support your growth with an expert faculty comprising esteemed professional writers and literary scholars who use the latest learning technologies to engage you fully in our virtual classrooms.

Our online English degree provides convenient access to courses that invite you to think critically about world literature’s most widely discussed ideas. It also connects you with relevant internship opportunities, where you can gain experience writing and editing before you graduate.

Customize the program to your career goals: Our graduates can go on to work as teachers, journalists, communications directors, digital content producers, and many other roles in diverse fields where an English major is increasingly sought.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been helping brave, motivated professionals start and enhance their knowledge and careers with industry expertise ever since. Ninety percent of our full-time faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth, and affordability, because it demonstrates our devotion to helping students like you advance and achieve their goals.

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Celebrated writers help you push your skills further.

Dr. Jessica Bowers Assistant Professor of English

Meet Dr. Jessica Bowers.

Dr. Jessica Bowers is an assistant professor of English and a writer of short fiction. She won the 2014 Midwest Short Fiction Prize and the 2016 Winter Anthology Prize. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and she has received consideration for several other awards and honors. Her work on literary tourism was published in Poe Studies, and her short fiction has appeared in publications and literary journals like The Portland Review, cream city review, Redivider, StoryQuarterly, The Indiana Review, Zone 3, Oyez Review, and more. Through her creative writing expertise, she can help you expand your craft to give you a stronger understanding of how to create engaging, powerful stories.

Assistant Professor of English

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • M.A., Hollins University
  • B.A., Goucher College

As you analyze American, English, and world literature, you can use your online B.A. in English to invigorate your own writing. Creative writing is a key aspect of understanding how language is used in the context of culture, and Maryville instructors such as Dr. Bowers teach from their extensive experience.

During more than 10 years of teaching, Dr. Bowers has taught a diversity of courses and content, but the bulk of her work is focused on the art of writing — the research process, composition, storytelling, fiction writing, and critical analysis. In addition to her years as a professor, Dr. Bowers has a history in fiction, nonfiction, and criticism publication that spans nearly two decades.

As your instructor, Dr. Bowers brings her extensive knowledge and experience to the online classroom to help you reflect on literature, workshop your ideas, and push your writing further. She is emblematic of the standard to which we hold our online B.A. in English faculty. Our academic community comprises authors and writers who publish regularly, appearing in both academic and literary journals. Join Maryville, and our online English degree faculty can help you advance as a writer in your chosen field.

Online B.A. in English Curriculum

The online Bachelor of Arts in English is designed to help you develop a mastery of writing, critical thinking, and academic reasoning — all humanities-based skills that many employers seek in job candidates today. Our program spans 128 credit hours and comprises coursework from the following areas:

English major: Dive deep into writing technique, creative writing, literature, analysis, communications, and other topics and issues that can help you build a complete understanding of English language and literature.

Minor: Customize your degree to fit your career goals by choosing a minor to give you a more robust skill set and knowledge base. Possible minors include communications, education, business, or many other subjects.

General education and electives: Round out your education with college-level skills and knowledge in language, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. You also will have the opportunity to take non-major electives.

There are as many ways to adapt your B.A. in English as there are to apply your degree in the field. And you can utilize your choice of internship experiences to gain the real-world knowledge to give you an edge as you pursue your career.

More paths to choose with your English major.

Earning your B.A. in English online can prepare you for a wide range of professions or lead to your next degree.

When you earn your online English degree from Maryville University, you can qualify for early access to online master’s degree programs. These unique degree pathways can help graduates prepare for everything from teaching certifications to the LSAT. Moving beyond your English major can be a meaningful first step toward a broader career path.

When you’re ready to go further, consider bolstering your language and writing skills with one of these online graduate program options:

A Master of Business Administration, featuring twelve concentrations in communications-heavy areas like marketing, management, and project management.

A Master of Health Administration, where you can use your language and communications skills to lead in the healthcare business.

A Doctorate of Higher Education Leadership program, with options to earn your EdD in 32 months.


Learn more about the online B.A. in English at Maryville University.