Are you looking for online degrees in English? As a student of our accelerated, online Bachelors in English program, you’ll explore the profound power of language, learn to appreciate the ways in which creative writing can capture the essence of the human condition, and identify the techniques and impacts of successful writers. Then you’ll bring it all together to develop your own expressive abilities and voice through written word.
The classes you take as you complete your Bachelor's degree in English promote understanding, analysis, and evaluation of a wide range of authors, characters, themes, plots, and styles in world and English literature. Our unique English major is specifically designed to imbue students with sensitivity to multiculturalism and to the profound power of language.
Upper-level requirements for research and criticism prepare students intentionally for graduate school and professional careers. Close reading of a wide diversity of authors and texts, as well as specific attention to issues of peace and social/ environmental justice, provide flexibility to accommodate shifts in canonicity, theory, and pedagogical research while supporting individual exploration. By identifying the techniques and impact of successful writers, students develop their own expressive abilities, identify important personal issues, increase empathy for others, and discover their own voices and styles through written discourse.
For curriculum and English studies course descriptions, please download a program overview.
Education and Qualifications
As English degree holders may apply their abilities to a broad range of careers, an equally broad range of courses should be taken as part of a degree-seeking program. Interpersonal communication and writing skills should be given particular consideration, as employers are looking for individuals that can conceptualize and deliver a wide range of messages to their constituents and clients. Many careers open to English majors may require a master’s degree or other professional certification, such as teacher education training. In fact, our Master of Arts in Education programs are so popular that we have several concentrations to choose from, which include our online Masters in Educational Technology and online Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Careers for English Majors
With an undergraduate degree in English, you will develop strong literacy skills and become a better writer and communicator, which are valuable skills in a variety of careers. In fact, communication and writing skills are critical foundations for careers in law, journalism, publishing, advertising, editing, education, government, and more!
Additionally, employment of salaried writers and editors is expected to increase as demand grows for web-based publications. Technical writing, blogging and other writing for interactive media that provide readers with nearly real-time information will offer opportunities for writers.
While there are a wide variety of lucrative careers one may pursue with an online, accelerated degree in English, the field of technical writing is particularly booming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. Most technical writers work full time. Although technical writers work in a variety of industries, they are concentrated in the computer and management, scientific, and technical industries.
A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, knowledge of or experience with a technical subject, such as science or engineering, is beneficial. The median annual wage for technical writers was $74,650 in May 2020. Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products. An increase in Web-based product support should also increase demand for technical writers. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good.
Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's English degree program are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Phoenix, and Milwaukee areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.
For more information on our online Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, contact us today!
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