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Online Bachelor's Degree


Bachelor of Arts
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $318 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Gain the skills you need to succeed in graduate study or in an in-demand career.

Earn an online English degree from University of Maryland Global Campus and learn about literature while receiving a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or pursue graduate study. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, integrates theories with real-world applications and practical skills. Through this program, you will develop in-demand skills in research and writing that have a wide application in the job market.

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses: 33 Credits

  • (3 Credits, ENGL 240)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 250)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 303)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 310)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 430)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 459)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 495)
  • Upper-level ENGL courses (12 credits): Focused study in American literature or British literature recommended

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

American Literature Focus
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 363)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 364)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 433)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 441)
British Literature Focus
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 311)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 312)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 386)
  • (3 Credits, ENGL 406)

General Education Courses: 41 Credits

Review the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees.

Minor and Elective Courses: 46 Credits

Review a list of available academic minors or see the course catalog or Schedule of Classes to help you select elective courses.

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (3 Credits, PACE 111C) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
3 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
4 (3 Credits, CMST 301) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
5 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
6 (3 Credits, ENGL 102) General Education: Communication
7 (3 Credits, ENGL 281) General Education: Communication
8 (3 Credits, MATH 105) General Education: Math
9 (3 Credits, ENGL 240) Major
10 (3 Credits, ENGL 250) Major
11 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
12 (4 Credits, BIOL 103) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
13 (3 Credits, BEHS 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
14 (3 Credits, ARTH 334) General Education: Arts & Humanities
15 3-credit elective course Elective
16 (3 Credits, ECON 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
17 (3 Credits, ENGL 303) Major
18 3-credit elective course Elective
19 3-credit elective course Elective
20 (3 Credits, ENGL 310) Major
21 3-credit elective course Elective
22 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
American Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 363)
British Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 311)
23 (3 Credits, WRTG 391) General Education: Communication
24 3-credit elective course Elective
25 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
American Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 364)
British Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 312)
26 3-credit elective course Elective
27 3-credit elective course Elective
28 (3 Credits, ENGL 430) Major
29 3-credit elective course Elective
30 3-credit elective course Elective
31 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
American Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 433)
British Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 386)
32 3-credit elective course Elective
33 3-credit elective course Elective
34 Choose the course that aligns with your degree focus:
American Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 441)
British Literature: (3 Credits, ENGL 406)
35 3-credit elective course Elective
36 3-credit elective course Elective
37 3-credit elective course Elective
38 3-credit elective course Elective
39 (3 Credits, ENGL 459) Major
40 (3 Credits, ENGL 495) Major
41 (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) Elective

Accelerated Pathway

Through an accelerated pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for a Master of Arts in Teaching by up to 12 credits.

Search Course Catalog

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in education, law, publishing, journalism, public relations, business, or management.

Samba J., Watertown, NY

English Jobs
There are more than 1.7 million people employed in the field of English in the United States as of 2020.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Field of Degree: English" | 2020

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Sigma Tau Delta (English)

Sigma Tau Delta provides opportunities to associate with students, alumni, and faculty members who have a common interest in writing and English language and literature. It is available to undergraduate students. To be eligible, you must have earned at least 45 credits toward a bachelor's degree, with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. At least 18 credits must have been earned at UMGC and must include 9 credits of English, at least 6 of which are upper-level. Students must also have earned a GPA of 3.6 in English coursework at UMGC. For more information, please email


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