English, BA (Online)

CBU's online Bachelor of Arts in English degree program prepares students to be well rounded and well-versed in writing and evaluating literature.

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Program Intro

Equip yourself with a powerful foundation in the English language. Students in CBU's online BA in English program develop skills in critical thinking, writing and analysis. An English degree is one of the most versatile, foundational programs, useful in various private and public sector jobs.

49 Units

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16 Months to Completion

*Based on a full-time course load and prior completion of general education and elective requirements

$520 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your BA in English (Online) at CBU?

Learn Truly Versatile Skills

Students who graduate with CBU's online BA in English degree will be prepared with a variety of skills useful in the workplace, such as writing, editing, publishing and analyzing literature. This versatile degree can be a foundation for advanced studies in other disciplines including teaching, marketing, advertising and law. 

Become Exempt from Taking the CSET or CBEST

Students who have earned the English degree and are interested in obtaining a California single subject (English) and/or special education teaching credential(s) would be exempt from taking the English California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Additionally, students could meet the credential's basic skills requirements through coursework and would be exempt from taking the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). 

Learn Flexibly Online, On Your Schedule

Program Details

  1. Writing, Editing, Revising: Write, edit, and revise a well-organized essay using clear syntax, diction, and style. (USO 3, 5)
  2. Critical Interpretation/Analysis: Critically interpret texts based on literary theory, genre, and context. (USO 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
  3. Research: Identify, navigate, and evaluate appropriate research tools and incorporate scholarly research into their own writing. (USO 3, 4, 5)
  4. Faith: Explain his or her worldview as well as biblical principles in relation to the creation and interpretation of literature. (USO 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
  5. Breadth of Literary Knowledge: Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of literary traditions including prominent authors, genres, literary movements, and styles.* (USO 2, 3, 5)
    *This particular SLO is holistic to the program and so it is "practiced" in each course until the students' senior year, when it is "demonstrated."​​​

ENG 343: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Literature

Neoclassical, Romantic and Victorian literature in historical context. 

ENG 365: Christian Classics

Surveys some of the great literary texts in the Christian tradition. Readings from primary works will provide opportunity to become familiar with a variety of voices in the history of Christian spirituality.

ENG 463: Language Structure and Acquisition

Linguistic theory and method. Includes the study of the five universal elements of language (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics) as well as the use of language and its variants in culture. Fieldwork required.

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Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

Online Semester Classes Begin
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28
Spring 2025 - Session 1 January 6
Spring 2025 - Session 2 March 3
Summer 2025 - Session 1 May 5
Summer 2025 - Session 2 June 30

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Career Possibilities

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Librarian
  • Author
  • English Teacher

*Some career options may require further education.

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Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!