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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of arts in English


University of Missouri

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of English

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Freshman credit hours


Freshman estimated cost


Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

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

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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length


Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Sheri-Marie Harrison

Dr. Harrison researches and teaches Caribbean literary and cultural studies, contemporary global Anglophone literature and mass culture of the African Diaspora. Her first book Difficult Subjects: Negotiating Sovereignty in Postcolonial Jamaican Literature was published by the Ohio State University Press in 2014, and her research has been published in various venues including Modern Fiction Studies, Small Axe, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Sheri-Marie Harrison, PhD
Associate Professor
William Kerwin

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.

William Kerwin, PhD
Associate Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of English