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English, B.A. | Technical and Professional Writing

The IU Online Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on technical and professional writing prepares you to tackle a wide variety of writing projects. In this completely online degree program, you’ll earn your bachelor’s degree and prepare for creative work in a range of career fields.

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Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 120

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $257.23

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $378.10

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

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Degree Overview

In the IU Online Bachelor of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Writing, you’ll take courses in science writing, argumentative writing, grammar and usage, advanced technical writing, and literature. Learn to think critically, analyze and communicate data, organize thoughts, and maintain high standards for accuracy, clarity, and finesse of language in any workplace.

You’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

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 university transcripts (if applicable)
Application Deadlines

This program has rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Your IU Online B.A. in English: Technical and Professional Writing prepares you for such careers as:

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

To graduate with the B.A. in English: Technical and Professional Writing, you must complete 120 credit hours. 

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


Core Classes for the BS in Actuarial Science, IUPUI
Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG-L 260 Introduction to Advanced Study of Literature 3 Credits
ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I 3 Credits
ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills 3 Credits
ENG-W 321  Advanced Technical Writing 3 Credits
ENG-W 323 Digital Writing 3 Credits
ENG-W 324 Technical Editing 3 Credits
ENG-W 470 Senior Seminar                                              3 Credits


Core Classes for the BS in Actuarial Science, IUPUI
Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG-G 205 Introduction to the English Language           3 Credits
ENG-G 207 Grammar and Usage                                       3 Credits
ENG-G 301 History of the English Language  3 Credits
ENG-L 355 American Fiction to 1900 3 Credits
ENG-L 360 American Prose (Excluding Fiction)  3 Credits
ENG-L 364 Native American Literature 3 Credits
ENG-L 371 Introduction to Critical Practices 3 Credits
ENG-L 379 American Ethnic and Minority Literature 3 Credits
ENG-L 383 Studies in British or Commonwealth Culture 3 Credits
ENG-L 384 Studies in American Culture 3 Credits
ENG-W 350 Advanced Composition 3 Credits


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