Read. Write. Understand.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Arts and Science | Department of English
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Typical transfer student needs: 60 credit hours
  • Typical program cost: $21,879.00*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online English bachelor’s degree can help you

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. Read more about some of our faculty’s published work.

Career prospects

Job growth1
Salary increase2

1 Burning Glass Technologies. 2019. Employment growth numbers are based on models that consider Bureau of Labor Statistics data for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Broadcast News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents, Editors, Technical Writers, Copy Writers, Proofreaders and Copy Markers, Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers.

2 Median earnings and unemployment rates of full-time wage and salary workers with bachelor’s degrees compared to those with some college but no degree. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2015)

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 bachelor’s 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

Meet our faculty

Alexandria Socarides

Associate Professor and Chair

Dr. Socarides’ research and teaching focuses on 19th-century American literature and culture, poetry and poetics, and women’s literature. She is the author of Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics, a literary journey that takes readers through the actual steps and stages of Emily Dickinson’s creative process. She has been awarded the Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.

William Kerwin

Associate Professor

Dr. Kerwin teaches Shakespeare and early British poetry, as well as Irish literature, literature and medicine, world drama and fiction of immigration to America. His book Beyond the Body: The Boundaries of Medicine and English Renaissance Drama considers medical instability and Renaissance drama. He is a winner of several teaching awards including the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of English.