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Regent offers a B.A. in English degree online or on campus at Virginia Beach.

B.A. in English

Script Your Success Through Regent’s Bachelor of Arts in English

You’ve got goals. And you want a program that gives you the skills to achieve them. Regent’s Bachelor of Arts in English will equip you to communicate effectively in business, media, ministry, teaching, and more. You’ll develop a strong foundation in literature, composition, professional writing, and teaching at middle school and high school levels—all presented from a Christian worldview.

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Regent is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2020, and ranks #1 in its list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia. We are one of only 23 universities nationally “A” Rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), 2019-20.

CHOOSE YOUR PATH

Pursue the Bachelor of Arts in English online or on-campus in Virginia Beach and select from multiple concentrations. Focus your studies on the area that best aligns with your career goals.

STRENGTHEN YOUR SKILLS

Learn key principles for creating reports, proposals, web pages, blogs, and more.

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Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field. Meet the faculty.

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Explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more! Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarships, $4,000 Homeschool Scholarships and $4,000 Private School Scholarships.

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On completing the Bachelor of Arts in English, you will be able to:

  • Understand the dynamics for interpersonal, organizational, public, and mass communication.
  • Package content for public relations, advertising, social media, and interactive marketing.
  • Apply your skills in the areas of problem-solving, creative thinking, and decision making.
  • Write for reports, proposals, web pages, travelogues, blogs, marketing, and more.

Career Opportunities

  • Corporate communications
  • Historic writing/research
  • Journalism & public relations
  • Ministry
  • Scriptwriting
  • Teaching
$73Thousand
Mean annual wage for writers and authors U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English – Biblical Studies degree program will help you develop a strong foundation in literature and composition while gaining some expertise in the Bible. You’ll learn to critically read Scripture and write effectively.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English – Communication will prepare you to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings while developing a foundation in literature and composition. You'll explore areas of problem-solving, creative thinking and decision making.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English – Government will help you gain expertise in comparative politics and political theory while developing a strong foundation in literature and composition. You'll learn how to approach key issues with Scripture and a faith-based perspective.

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The Bachelor of Arts in English – History (European) will help you prepare for a career in law, writing or public service. You will develop a strong foundation in literature and composition while gaining expertise in European History.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English – History (U.S.) will help you develop a strong foundation in literature and composition while gaining expertise in U.S. History. Choose courses in Colonial America, Civil War, and African-American History.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English – Self-Designed gives you a strong foundation in literature and composition while allowing you to customize your courses to meet your unique area of interest. Choose approved courses that reflect the best option for your career path.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English – Writing gives you a solid foundation in U.S., British and world literature while also teaching fundamental skills in writing for business, media, web, fiction and creative writing. Choose from courses in professional, technical or creative writing.

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Survey of major works and authors in the United States from the beginning through 1865. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Survey of major works and authors in the United States from 1865 through the present. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Survey of English literature from the Middle Ages through 1798. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Survey of English literature from the Romantic Period through the present. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Study and practice of writing the genre of the essay. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Study of literature written by authors from around the world, as read in translation. Students study texts chosen primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and read the literature through a comparative approach, considering historical, intellectual, religious, social, and aesthetic contexts. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Critical reading of and writing about selected tragedies, comedies, and histories of William Shakespeare. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 110.

Capstone seminar providing an intensive exploration of the Christ-centered nature of the discipline. Involves the preparation and defense of a major academic project and portfolio. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you're at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$7,260
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$6,888
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

What do english majors do?

Much of the English programs’ focus is dependent on the chosen concentration. Still, there are some activities and assignments that are apparent cross-concentration. English courses involve heavy reading and writing. Most writing is academic research and analysis, but there are also creative writing courses. Some curriculum includes a presentation in the coursework.

Those who pursue a B.A. in English also have numerous opportunities to discuss literature with peers and share insights and applications. English majors learn to craft compelling arguments, respect differing perspectives, and “read for the big picture while noting the details.”1


1. Profita, Mike. “Here Are Some Solid Career Options for English Majors to Consider.” The Balance Careers.

Is an English degree worth it?

Absolutely! You can become well-versed in the art of communication by mastering both language and analysis. English major graduates have the potential to earn more than $100,000 a year. Some believe that a B.A. in English does not convert into real-life application for today’s industries. However, this could not be farther from the truth.

David Deming, a director at the Harvard Kennedy School, stated that liberal arts majors learn soft skills like “problem-solving, critical thinking, and adaptability” that “have long-run value in a wide variety of careers.”2 In his research, Deming found that those who majored in liberal arts eventually make the same amount or more than their STEM counterparts. An English major’s skills are timeless and necessary for occupations that liberal arts majors tend to traverse into, like management, business, and law.


2. Deming, David. “In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure.” The New York Times.

What are the types of English degrees?

What English majors do depends on the type of degree they are getting. English is a broad subject with many areas for exploration. At Regent, we encourage students to choose a concentration when pursuing a degree in English. Prospective concentrations include:

What are potential jobs for English majors?

There are several careers for English majors other than teaching. In fact, most English majors do not become teachers.3 Instead, they go on to practice law, become supervisors or managers, and master communicators. There are graduates from Regent that have marched boldly into areas of business, entertainment, and politics.

There are many things you can do with an English degree. Possible career paths include:

  • Technical Writer
  • Editor
  • Research and Writing Specialist
  • Historian
  • Copywriter
  • Screenwriter
  • News Reporter
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Private Tutor
  • Author

3. “Putting Your Major to Work: Career Paths After College.” The Hamilton Project.

Who are some famous English majors?

English majors achieve success in several career paths. Some even become famous and legendary.

Harold Varmus – Nobel Prize-winning scientist who contributed to the study of cancer, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)4

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) – author, editor, and professor5

Christopher Nolan – film director, producer and screenwriter6

Andrea Jung – CEO of Grameen, former CEO of Avon7

Michael Eisner – a businessman known for reviving the fortunes of the television network ABC, the film studio Paramount Pictures and the Disney Company8

Shonda Rhimes – television producer, screenwriter and author9

Alvin Hansen (1887-1975) – economist and  chair professor of economics at Harvard University, introduced Keynesian economics in the United States10

Judy McGrath – serves as a director at Amazon, former president of MTV Networks Group11

John Legend – singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and philanthropist12

Jordana Brewster – actress and model13


4. “Harold E. Varmus, M.D.” National Institutes of Health (NIH).

5. Biography. “Toni Morrison.” A&E Television Networks.

6. Albert, Melissa. “Christopher Nolan.” Encyclopedia Britannica.

7. Orwig, Sarah F. “Andrea Jung.” Encyclopedia Britannica.

8. Bauer, Patricia. “Michael Eisner.” Encyclopedia Britannica.

9. Biography. “Shonda Rhimes.” A&E Television Networks.

10. Mehrling, Perry G. “Hansen, Alvin Harvey (1887-1975), Economist.” In American National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

11. “Judy McGrath 1954—.” Advameg, Inc.

12. Mejia, Zameena. “John Legend Left a Safe Corporate Job After College — and Now He’s Made EGOT History.” CNBC.

13. “Jordana Brewster.” IMDb.

“I want to be a biomedical engineer and use it for God's glory around the world. Not only do I want to help physically, but I would also want to help spiritually and emotionally. At Regent, I grew so much mentally, spiritually and emotionally in a way I want to share with others.”

Sheila Atieno, B.S. in Biophysical Sciences, 2021 Master’s Student in Biomedical Engineering, New York University

“Regent’s Military Resource Center introduced me to a network of mentors and went the extra mile to support me.”

Natasha Moore, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2019; MPA, 2020 Navy veteran; preparing to be a commissioned officer in the military

“At Regent, I loved the integration of Christian values that were wrapped tightly in a strong academic degree. I felt completely academically prepared to go out and help people, but I also had that very foundational core belief system that was strengthened unbelievably.”

Jada Jackson, B.A. in Communication 2009; MA in Human Services Counseling 2010 President & TV Host, Total Life Counseling; Advisor, Listeners On Call; Author; Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“At Regent, mentors are readily available if students seek them out. They're just waiting for you to take the initiative and ask for support. The blessings are beyond anything you could imagine.”

Ben Kay, B.A., 2013 Biblical & Theological Studies

“I’m so excited to officially be an alumna of Regent University with my Master of Arts in Journalism.”

Nicole Gamboni, M.A. in Journalism, 2019 Financial Services Professional, MassMutual Commonwealth