Bachelor of Arts in English

A B.A. in English from California Baptist University - Online and Professional Studies is an online accelerated degree program that will help you achieve your goals. Finish your degree in 16 months and learn the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.

Why CBU?

Gretchen Bartels, Ph.D.
Gretchen Bartels, Ph.D., Faculty Lead

Online and Professional Studies (OPS) English Majors are given the opportunity to take a variety of stimulating courses online that will broaden their perspective of the English language and literature. Spanning the study of children's literature to creative writing to literary theory and criticism, the Bachelor of Arts degree in English from CBU - OPS will allow students to expand their knowledge and become well-rounded individuals with a degree that testifies to their intellect. A degree earned through OPS is not only affordable but also effective and respected. Students who earn their bachelor's degree in English online at CBU are given the opportunity to complete their degree in a timely manner while getting a state-of-the-art education from professors who are committed to excellence with a drive to see their students succeed.

Relevant and Applicable Material

The B.A. in English degree-completion program offers working adults the opportunity to develop their acumen through advanced literature and composition courses, with minimal prerequisite requirements and no time limits on transferable units. 

  • Designed to prepare English majors to be well rounded  and well-versed in the key principles of writing and evaluating literature
  • English courses cover a full gamut of literary and linguistic topics
  • Build skills in critical thinking, analyzing questions, and formulating well-thought-out written responses relevant to today’s global environment
  • Dynamic forums for discussion and interaction
  • Rigorous curriculum prepares students to be competitive in the workforce
  • Program connects aspiring professionals with successful professionals, mentors, and accomplished faculty from the English field
  • Tailored for those who wish to earn their degree while working 
  • Learn from caring faculty members who bring a variety of interesting global perspectives in a Christian context

Convenient and Valuable

In as little as 16 months, you can earn your Bachelor of Arts in English through distance education at OPS and be ready to pursue a career in your chosen field. Courses are offered in three different forms: online, in-person, or hybrid online courses, which are partly online and partly in person, meeting on campus for an hour and fifty minutes once a week. This accelerated degree program allows students to complete their coursework around their own schedule and be able to successfully balance faith, work, and family. Undergraduate degree-completion is made a positive experience that is accessible and innovative because of this accelerated program - an educational investment with lifelong benefits. 

Aimed at Working Professionals

The degree-completion program for the bachelor's degree in English is designed to offer working adults the opportunity to finish what they've started and earn their degree through accelerated courses online. With the incorporation of new distance learning tools in small classes led by professors who are invested in not only their subject but their students as well, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English online through OPS becomes more than just an educational experience. Whether you have a full-time job, are a single parent, or are returning to school after 20 years, CBU will provide the tools needed to complete your degree in a timely and efficient manner while making sure to be as helpful as possible so that you can complete your coursework around your own schedule. Online and Professional Studies aims to make returning to school and balancing that with a busy life a positive experience.

What Can I Do With a Degree in English?

A B.A. in English is a degree that allows graduates to pursue a variety of career opportunities. It can lead to a career in writing, editing, publishing, or teaching as well as a career in a field such as business, marketing, advertising, or law. An English major prepares students to be critical thinkers who are able to thoroughly analyze and answer questions with excellent writing skills. These qualities are vital to a large number of career paths and will be beneficial in many ways.

Students interested in the single subject matter competency program should see the English Subject Matter Competence advisor, Professor Jennifer Tronti (jtronti@calbaptist.edu), with questions regarding program requirements.

Want More Information?

CBU is now accepting applications for the program. To apply or find out more information regarding CBU’s Online & Professional Programs, please visit www.cbuonline.edu, or contact Admissions at 877-CBU-3608. 

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • 24 transferrable units preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss options at 951.343.3900 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 48 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Costs vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $511
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in English Major Program (49 units)

Prerequisites to Program

Composition
Intermediate Composition

Lower Division Courses (12 units)

Introduction to Literature
Survey of British Literature
Survey of American Literature I
Introduction to Creative Writing

Upper Division Courses (30 units)

Topics in World Literature
Multicultural Literature
18th/19th Century British Literature
Research and Writing in Literature and Language
Children’s Literature OR ENG363 Young Adult Literature OR ENG360 Detective Fiction
Literary Theory and Criticism
Shakespeare
Modern American Literature
Language Structure and Acquisition
Capstone Project

Additional Program Courses (7 units)

Overview of the Bible
Foundations of Christian Thought

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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