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English, BA | (Technical and Professional Writing)

Bachelor of Arts

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An English degree is an excellent tool for career preparation. A job candidate who is well read and who has superior comprehension and writing skills is highly valued by employers. English majors help maintain high standards of accuracy, clarity, and finesse of the language in any workplace they enter.

The IU Online Bachelor of Arts in English emphasizes technical and professional writing. You take courses in science writing, argumentative writing, professional writing, literary interpretation, grammar and usage, advanced technical writing, and literature. You 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.

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) 

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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:   

         Office of Admissions

         Indiana University East

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         Richmond, IN 47374-1289

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.


  • ENG-L 260Introduction to Advanced Study of Literature3 Credits
  • ENG-W 131Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I2-4 Credits
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills3 Credits
  • ENG-W 321 Advanced Technical Writing3 Credits
  • ENG-W 323Digital Writing3 Credits
  • ENG-W 324 Technical Editing3 Credits
  • ENG-W 470 Senior Seminar3 Credits
  • ENG-G 205Introduction to the English Language3 Credits
  • ENG-G 207 Grammar and Usage3 Credits
  • ENG-G 301 History of the English Language3 Credits
  • ENG-L 355 American Fiction to 19003 Credits
  • ENG-L 360 American 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 383 Studies in British or Commonwealth3 Credits
  • ENG-L 384 Studies in American Culture3 Credits
  • ENG-W 350 Advanced Composition 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $235.59
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $706.77
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $340.92
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1022.76

Additional fees will apply.

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