English Bachelor's Degree


The B.A. in English is a flexible degree that provides students with a foundation of knowledge and skills that prepares them for further study and a wide variety of careers. Core requirements cover American and British literatures, literary theory, linguistics, language and advanced writing and research. Because nearly half of the English course work required for the degree is elective, students can individualize their degree plans to focus on areas of their greatest interest: literature, creative writing, film/television, technical writing, or culture/gender.

The general education and departmental requirements for the B.A. in English leave students with over 30 hours of true electives. Some students use these hours to take additional English courses, but others add a second major or minors in creative writing, film studies, journalism, TESOL, Spanish, German or Japanese.


HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • English majors can take advantage of Study Abroad opportunities such as Literary London.
  • English majors can participate in the community projects sponsored by our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English Honor Society.
  • English Education majors can gain valuable editing and publishing experience by enrolling in either ENGL 2881 Practicum: Literary Journal Publication or ENGL 4881-4 Practicum: Editing Literary Journal. The student editor and staff produce two issues of Tech's nationally distributed literary magazine Nebo each year.



  • Mastery of the conventions of standard written English.
  • Advanced skill in critical thinking and literary analysis
  • Familiarity with major figures, works and movements in British and American literature
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Awareness of the cultural role of languages in the global community.
  • Ability to apply current instructional methods in teaching and assessing English language arts at the secondary level.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Professor
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Dell Medical School
  • Union Christian Academy

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • The B.A. in English is an excellent preparation for law school or graduate study in many areas, including creative writing, screenwriting, English, linguistics, TESOL, technical and professional Writing, college student personnel, instructional leadership and library science.


Point of Pride

Arkansas Tech English graduates have been admitted to master's and doctoral programs at Louisiana State, SUNY-Buffalo, Arkansas-Fayetteville, Arkansas-Little Rock, Oklahoma State, Memphis and Mississippi.


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