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Online Bachelor of Arts in English

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The skills students gain by earning an online Bachelor of Arts in English from LSU Alexandria will open doors to many opportunities, because employers consider written and oral communication, editing, copywriting, critical thinking, time management, creative thinking, and analysis essential to almost any career. Courses in the program include public speaking, creative writing, the study of drama, poetry, and literary history as well as a selection of foreign languages, taught by expert faculty who hold doctoral or terminal degrees.


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When you join LSU Online, you join a family that makes sure that your needs are met. You will have a dedicated Learner Concierge assigned to you from the application process to graduation They are here to offer support along the way so that you can focus on performance in your classes.

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LSUA's online programs provide you the opportunity to synchronously interact with instructors (in real-time) via video conferencing and other technologies in a flexible format that fits your busy schedule. These sessions also allow engagement with course content and build a community among our online students.

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Career Options

Our former graduates have succeeded in a wide range of careers, including law, medicine, and education. Our degree can help students become secondary school English teachers, English language teachers, magazine or newspaper editors, proofreaders, copy or content writers, creative writers, librarians, public relations specialists, or grant writers, among many other professions.

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Expert Faculty

Our experienced faculty members are dedicated to providing top-quality education in a convenient online format. These are the same faculty that teach the on-campus courses and are actively engaged in helping students thrive.

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The Online BA in English ranked #4 in the 2020 Most Affordable Online Programs by OnlineU.org.

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The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BA in English program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour (with fees): $291

Total cost with fees, and the maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $8,730

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $34,920

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for the final program cost.

Course Listings

General Education Requirements

Composition (6 hours):

  • ENGL 1001: English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 1002: English Composition II | Credit Hours: 3

Social Sciences: 6 hours (choose 2)

  • GEOG 1001: World Regional Geography | Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 1003: Human Geography | Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 3110: Cultural Diversity | Credit Hours: 3

Fine Arts: 3 hours (choose 1)

  • FIAR 1001: Introduction to Fine Arts | Credit Hours: 3
  • MUSI 1751: Music Appreciation | Credit Hours: 3

Mathematics: 6 hours (choose 2)

  • MATH 1021: College Algebra | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH 1029: Contemporary Mathematics | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH 2011: General Statistics | Credit Hours: 3

Natural Sciences (3 hours):

  • BIOL 1001: General Biology I | Credit Hours: 3

Natural Sciences: 6 hours (choose two)

  • BIOL 1002: General Biology II | Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOL 2030: Introduction to Environmental Science | Credit Hours: 3
  • PHSC 1001: Physical Science I | Credit Hours: 3
  • PHSC 2063: Meteorology | Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 1001: For non-science majors | Credit Hours: 3

Humanities: 9 hours (choose 3)

  • HIST 1001 and HIST 1002 | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2055 and 2057 | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST 1061: Communication Fundamentals | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST 2060: Public Speaking | Credit Hours: 3
  • PHIL 1000: Introduction to Philosophy | Credit Hours: 3
  • PHIL 2020: Ethics | Credit Hours: 3

Major Requirements: 18 hours (all are required)

  • ENGL 2010: English Grammar | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 2027: Poetry | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 2031: The Novel | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 3020: British Literature I | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 3070: American Literature I | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 3022 or 3072: British Literature II OR American Literature II | Credit Hours: 3

Major (elective) Requirements: 21 hours  (choose 7)

  • ENGL 2002: Professional Writing | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 2005: Introduction to Creative Writing | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 3026: Literary History | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 4000: Creative Writing | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 4001:  Advanced Writing Workshop Credits: 3 
  • ENGL 4026: Studies in Poetry | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 4028: Studies in Drama | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 4148: Studies in Shakespeare | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 4370: Major Writers World Literature | Credit Hours: 3

Foreign Language: 6 hours (choose 2)

  • SPAN 1001: Elementary Spanish I | Credit Hours: 3
  • INTR 1320: American Sign Language I | Credit Hours: 3
  • HEBR 1001: Elementary Hebrew I | Credit Hours: 3
  • SPAN 1002: Elementary Spanish II | Credit Hours: 3
  • INTR 1321: American Sign Language II | Credit Hours: 3
  • HEBR 1002: Elementary Hebrew II | Credit Hours: 3  

Electives in any field: 36 hours


Note: Course substitutions will be considered. There are often multiple ways to complete degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

For university acceptance, first-time freshmen must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0


Transfer students to LSU must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Have earned from a community college at least 12 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission equirements and be in good standing with their previous institution

Why Choose LSUA's Online Bachelors of Arts in English Program through LSU Online?

Students can:

  • Earn a degree at home or away from home, with Internet access
  • Enroll in accelerated 7-week courses
  • Strengthen skills in research, and writing
  • Enjoy student-friendly course delivery
  • Appreciate an affordable tuition, and financial aid options

Career Opportunities

  • Social Media Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Grant Writer
  • Librarian
  • Editor and Content Manager

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