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B.S./B.A. in English/Writing

Program Overview

Hone Your Creative Skills

Prepare to be a creative and effective communicator in a program that features community involvement and partnerships with nonprofits, independent publishers and K–12 schools.

Prepare to be a creative and effective communicator in a program that features community involvement and partnerships with nonprofits, independent publishers and K–12 schools.

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About the Bachelor’s in English/Writing

EOU’s online English degree is a well-rounded combination of courses in writing, literature and media. While teaching English and language arts is definitely one of the career goals for many students in the program, our degree will prepare you for many other options. Your online bachelor’s in English/Writing degree can lead to careers in nonprofit administration, public relations, technical writing, creative writing, film making, media production, law, management and more. You will become a critical, creative thinker and effective communicator.

EOU’s English program coursework prepares you with transferable skills and adds real-world experience through our community and campus partnerships with non-profit organizations, independent presses and K–12 schools. With these partnerships, you will have opportunities for community-engaged learning and pre-professional experience.

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We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-805-5399 or complete the request for information form and we will be in touch.

English and Writing Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in English/Writing requires a core of program credit hours, elective credit hours and a two-course capstone. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

The core courses include literature, grammar, writing fiction and poetry and literature in film. Then, you can choose from many available electives such as film criticism, linguistics, digital rhetoric and writing theory.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.

“My English/Writing professors took as much of an interest in my well-being as they did in my writing. My understanding of writing, which was built and nurtured by one-on-one interactions with English/Writing faculty, has been the most valuable tool I have in terms of education.”
– Mackenzie Trotter, 2014; English; La Grande, Oregon

Admission Requirements

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*Only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

Online Experience

The Value of an EOU Online Degree

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.*

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Build creativity
  • Work one-on-one with faculty
  • Familiarize yourself with publishing
  • Get involved with your community
  • Gain leadership and management skills
  • Develop an effective writing process
  • Research, analyze and communicate across a broad spectrum of situations
  • Express yourself effectively to a varied audience

Career Outlook

Because the skills you learn in an English/Writing program are in-demand for nearly every occupation, nailing down a specific career outlook is difficult.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the top jobs for professionals with an English degree are teachers, administrative assistants, managers and marketing and sales employees. The median annual wage for these occupations is $38,710 with a bachelor’s degree.¹

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Yes, the bachelor’s in English/Writing program can be completed 100 percent online.

If you have a passion for reading, writing and digital media, this degree is right for you. EOU’s English/Writing degree is a starting point for a variety of careers besides just teaching. In terms of transferable job skills, an English degree is one of the best options, even if you are undecided on a career path.

You may qualify if you are a citizen of, or have a bachelor’s degree from one of many countries. See the EOU English Proficiency Policy for more information.

You could work in many career paths besides teaching because writing and communication skills are needed in many jobs. EOU alumni are currently working as lawyers, policy analysts, technical writers, editors, media designers, journalists and more.

The English program has many partnerships with non-profit organizations, independent publishers and K–12 schools. You might work as an online tutor for the EOU Writing Center, edit for a student-run journal called Oregon East, or complete an editorial internship.

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¹Putting Your Liberal Arts Degree to Work. August 2017. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from