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English, BA

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Deepen your understanding of literature, write more persuasively and develop your creative and critical skills. If you have a passion for reading and writing, the major in English will allow you to study what you love and provide you with the knowledge and skills to excel in any career field.

Program Description

The BA program in English is offered completely online.

Students supplement a core focus on critical studies and analysis with courses on literature, linguistics, film and media, and creative and nonfiction writing to complete a robust program of study.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

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Career Outlook

Degree programs in English prepare students for a variety of careers in diverse fields. Employers seek those with strong writing, communication and critical thinking skills. Some of the most common professions for English majors are in the fields of:

  • business
  • law
  • journalism
  • nonprofit service
  • publishing

Graduates often find roles where they spend time:

  • developing web content
  • editing
  • managing public relations
  • writing professional and technical content
  • teaching

This undergraduate program in English studies prepares students to continue their studies in graduate and professional programs.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Writers and Authors

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150


  • Growth: -4%
  • Median Salary*: 73080

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.2%
  • Median Salary*: 74280

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360

Public Relations Specialists

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 67440
  Bright Outlook

Search Marketing Strategists

  • Growth: 13.4%
  • Median Salary*: 68230
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writers

  • Growth: 6.9%
  • Median Salary*: 79960
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Studying abroad expands students' perspectives by exposing them to new and distinct cultures, communities and people. Students can explore the English language at a deeper level through an extended lens of dialects, literature and terminology in one of more than 300 study abroad programs.

Students can enhance their resumes and educational experience with the heightened cultural competency, communication and critical thinking skills they acquire through study abroad.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these study abroad programs for students majoring in English.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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