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English, BA | (Technical and Professional Writing)

Bachelor of Arts

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The IU Online Bachelor of Arts in English emphasizes technical and professional writing. Take courses in science writing, argumentative writing, professional writing, literary interpretation, grammar and usage, advanced technical writing, and literature. Learn to think critically, listen to and question data, organize thoughts, argue positions effectively, analyze the written word, think creatively, and communicate thoughts and ideas effectively. Prepare to maintain high standards of accuracy, clarity, and finesse of language in any workplace. 

Your IU Online BA in English, Technical and Professional Writing prepares you for such careers as:

  • Technical writer 
  • Documentation specialist  
  • Copywriter 
  • Editorial assistant 
  • Media content specialist 
  • Engineering writer 
  • Expert medical writer 
  • Information developer 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the BA in English, Technical and Professional Writing, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • English core courses (48 credit hours) 
  • Literature elective courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Language course (3 credit hours) 
  • General education and electives, as needed to reach 120 credit hours

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Admissions requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to applynow@iue.edu or mail to:

Office of Admissions
Indiana University East
Whitewater Hall, Room 151
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289


ENG-L 260Introduction to Advanced Study of Literature3 Credits
ENG-W 131Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I2-4 Credits
ENG-W 231Professional Writing Skills3 Credits
ENG-W 321Advanced Technical Writing3 Credits
ENG-W 323Digital Writing3 Credits
ENG-W 324Technical Editing3 Credits
ENG-W 470Senior Seminar3 Credits
ENG-G 205Introduction to the English Language3 Credits
ENG-G 207Grammar and Usage3 Credits
ENG-G 301History of the English Language3 Credits
ENG-L 355American Fiction to 19003 Credits
ENG-L 360American Prose (Excluding Fiction)3 Credits
ENG-L 364Native American Literature3 Credits
ENG-L 371Introduction to Critical Practices3 Credits
ENG-L 379American Ethnic and Minority Literature3 Credits
ENG-L 383Studies in British or Commonwealth3 Credits
ENG-L 384Studies in American Culture3 Credits
ENG-W 350Advanced Composition3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $249.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $749.19

Note: Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $365.31
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1095.93
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