University of Missouri-Kansas City


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Bachelor of arts

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



4 courses per semester


3-4 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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You want a flexible and affordable bachelor’s degree that will take your reading and writing skills to the next level. Join our 100% online Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Gain advanced communication, writing and critical thinking skills. You’ll study fiction, poetry, women’s reading and writing, British and American literature, writing for digital media podcasting and more. A liberal arts education from UMKC can help you unlock careers in many fields from teaching, journalism, technical writing, editing and publishing to project management, non-profit work, communications and marketing. As you advance in this program, choose a course load that fits your needs in literature, culture, new media or multimodal writing and rhetoric.

This program is ideal if you’re a working professional, have completed some credits from community college or are ready to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. UMKC’s Department of English offers educational experiences that take you beyond the traditional classroom and into the real world with hands-on projects and practicum courses in editing, publishing and digital humanities that offer skills employers desire. Choose UMKC and earn your bachelor’s in just three to four years from home.

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Career Prospects

Potential career paths include:
  • English language and literature teachers, postsecondary and secondary
  • Proofreading, copy editing and publishing
  • Web and social media development
  • Technical writing
  • Non-profits, marketing and advertising

Employment growth


Median salary (writers and authors)

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online. Courses are semester-based. Students pursuing this path must first complete 33 hours of UMKC general education courses in written composition, the arts and humanities, the physical and behavioral sciences, culture and diversity, oral communication and mathematics. From here, you progress onto a 36-credit-hour core covering literary studies, rhetoric and writing.

You’ll pair your core courses with 51 credit hours of electives. Students typically take four courses each semester and finish in three to four years.

Course work includes:

  • Detective fiction
  • Victorian authorship and publishing
  • Shakespeare and film
  • Race in American literature
  • Literacy studies
  • Arthurian legends
  • Digital humanities
  • Internships with Andrews McMeel Publishing, The Pitch, KC Magazine and others


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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