Bachelor's in English

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Why Study English? 

With a bachelor’s in English, your options are endless—not just in advertising and media, but in marketing, public relations, non-profit settings and government agencies. You’ll master the technical skills and creative theory to communicate complex ideas that tell our most important stories and shape the voice of the organizations and clients you work with. 

What You'll Learn 

Our transformative coursework and accomplished faculty will sharpen your skills in writing, research and critical analysis, and guide you through your chosen emphasis. The literature emphasis explores a range of literary traditions to understand literary theory and how it emerges out of history and culture. In the creative writing emphasis, you’ll write and workshop fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, and you’ll interact with professional writers too.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor's in English from Columbia College.

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science require slightly different coursework. A Bachelor of Arts allows you to take more classes in the humanities, specifically foreign language. A Bachelor of Science requires more courses specific to your major.

  • American literature 
  • British literature 
  • Literary Theory and Criticism 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Poetry 
  • Fiction 
  • Creative Nonfiction 
  • English Language History and Grammar

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

English majors at Columbia College work in a variety of industries and settings. You’ll be prepared to develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, journalism, blogs and other forms of media. Students are also prepared for graduate-level studies in English. 

Work for companies that rely on communication for marketing and public relations. Work in a non-profit setting to help charities convey their needs and services. Or work for governments and agencies that need to convey important messages to their constituents. Some English majors also provide services through freelance work or become independent writers. 

  • Advertising 
  • Corporate Communication 
  • Editing 
  • Education 
  • Library Sciences 
  • Public Relations 
  • Publishing 
  • Pre-law

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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