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Columbia College Bachelor of Arts in English

Learn how authors express themselves and help us see the world in new ways with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Columbia College.

Explore literature and writing at Columbia College

An English degree from Columbia College provides a foundation for a variety of careers. You’ll develop strong communication and critical thinking skills grounded in a liberal arts education that offers a basis for understanding the human experience.

English majors learn to analyze and critique literature, write critical arguments, conduct literary research and identify the cultural contexts of diverse works.

Choose the literature emphasis to explore a range of literary traditions. You’ll study the theories behind literature and understand how it emerges out of history and culture.

Choose the creative writing emphasis to hone your writing skills. You’ll write and workshop fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, and you’ll interact with professional writers too.

Opportunities to study:

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

Prepare for a variety of careers

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

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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Dr. Peter Monacell

"Dr. Monacell brings a great deal of experience to this position, and his passion for the humanities and for teaching was evident immediately after my first conversation with him."

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Available program formats

  • Core requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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