Best Online Bachelor’s in English & Creative Writing: Students Before Profits Award 2015-2016

Best-Online-Bachelor’s-in-English-&-Creative-WritingOur Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2015-2016 Online Bachelor’s in English and Writing award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

Choosing to major in English has lately been considered a somewhat impractical decision amid the nationwide emphasis on STEM education and the analogous job climate. However, according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities and a number of CEOs, business owners, and human resource experts, the tide is turning. Along with viewing education as more than a means to an end, English majors bring much-needed skills to the workplace – skills not likely to become obsolete in the foreseeable future. Critical thinking, research ability, oral and written communication, empathy, and insight are the strengths most often mentioned by employers when speaking of their English-major hires. Graduates frequently go on to pursue further academic study in not only English or writing, but also in law and medicine. Recent graduates who would rather enter the workforce immediately than continue on an academic trajectory often find work in advertising, education, journalism, publishing, and public relations, and those represent just a few fields compatible with an undergraduate English degree. Last but not least, English majors leave their programs with an unmatched ability to understand and explain our rapidly changing, globalized (and largely English-speaking) world.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, but many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online bachelor’s in English & Creative Writing programs available.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on costs for out-of-state, full-time students. In-state rates are often less expensive, and part-time cost per credit hour is often more expensive.

#1. Clarion University

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One of fourteen universities that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Clarion University was founded in 1867 as a seminary. Shortly thereafter, the institution began offering a normal program for prospective teachers. Clarion University currently serves almost 6,000 students and offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Studies: English Overview

Clarion University offers an online B.S. in Liberal Studies: English that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, close analytical reading of various classical and contemporary texts, and skillful personal expression. Graduates will be able to pursue further academic study in a variety of disciplines and work successfully in the fields of law, politics, publishing, advertising, education, academia, and more.

Accreditation

Clarion University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Tuition: $28,896

#2. Nicholls State University

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Nicholls State University is located on an almost 300-acre campus in Thibodaux, Louisiana – in “Cajun Country” on the Mississippi River Delta – and is nearly equidistant from New Orleans to the northeast and Baton Rouge to the northwest. The school is named for Francis Nicholls, the 28th governor of Louisiana and former brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Nicholls State is well-known for the exemplary quality of education in the biological sciences, particularly marine and environmental sciences; in culinary training; nursing; teacher education; child, family, and social services; accounting and information systems; and in the undergraduate programs of art, English, music, and geomatics. The school is small, with approximately 6,000 combined undergraduates and graduate students, and admission is fairly selective. Nicholls is playfully known as “Our Harvard on the Bayou.”

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English: Literary Studies Overview

Nicholls State University’s online B.A. in English with a concentration in Literary Studies is considered a classic English program – the curriculum covers the foundational tenets of Western literary tradition in American and British literature, genre study, and World literature. Students will also be required to have experience with topics on the periphery of English and literature; these include professional and creative writing, linguistics, grammar, and detailed period and/or author studies. All courses run for eight weeks; students who cannot complete the coursework during that time may choose to pay an additional fee of $100 per month to continue the class. 120 hours are required for program completion, and graduates may go on to work in a variety of related and unrelated fields, write technically and/or professionally, or pursue further academic study.

Accreditation

Nicholls State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 42%
Tuition: $33,000

#3. Missouri State University

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Located in Springfield, Missouri and founded in 1906, Missouri State University is the state’s second-largest public university. Recently recognized by the U.S. News & World Report in the Midwestern category, the university was founded as a normal school in 1905 and now serves over 22,000 students on the 225-acre urban campus

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Writing Overview

Missouri State University offers an online B.S. in Professional Writing that will enable graduates to work in the fields of business, law, government, healthcare, industry, education, and the military. Requisite and elective courses including Major American Authors, American Realism, Literature and Medicine, Mini Literature, Literature of the Ozarks, Themes in Folkloristics, College Composition, Introduction to Careers in Technical and Professional Writing, Writing for the Web, Grammar Skills, Language Skills, and more. The program is non-comprehensive, indicating the need to choose a minor in either Communication Studies or Criminology or a second major from various online options to complete the standard hours required for graduation.

Accreditation

Missouri State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%
Tuition: $34,200

#4. King University

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King University is a private university founded in 1867 in Bristol, Tennessee. The school has affiliations with the Presbyterian Church and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Located on 137 acres near downtown, King University also has three other locations in Kingsport, Knoxville, and Nashville.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

King University’s fully-online B.A. in English combines the traditional aspects of a classic undergraduate English degree with ruminations on faith, culture, and vocation. Graduates will leave capable of effective written and oral communication, research, and literary analysis, and will be prepared to pursue licensure in secondary education, if they so choose. Coursework includes Appalachian Literature, Oxford Christian Writers, Modern and Contemporary American Literature, and Religion and Literature. Seniors will submit a portfolio of their written work as a requisite for graduation; this portfolio will be of use to the graduates as they interview with prospective employers.

Accreditation

King University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 47%
Tuition: $36,000

#5. Southern New Hampshire University

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Southern New Hampshire University is a private university located between Manchester and Hookset, New Hampshire. Its online campus boasts over 200 regionally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, and also has specialized accreditation for some of its degrees and programs.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Language and Literature and Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing Overview

SNHU offers an online B.A. in English Language and Literature with an emphasis on research, writing, and communication. Graduates may go on to study English or a related field at an advanced level, and will be able to have fulfilling careers as lawyers, historians, politicians, nonprofit directors, museum curators, communications professionals, and more. The online B.A. in Creative Writing is offered with four concentrations: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenwriting. Students will take a number of workshops in their genre of choice, become familiar with the publishing process, and even have the opportunity to publish some of their original work. All undergraduate SNHU degrees require 120-credit hours for program completion; up to 90 hours may be transferred in from another institution.

Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Tuition: $38,500

#6. University of Illinois Springfield

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Founded in 1969 as Sangamon State University, The University of Illinois at Springfield was originally an “upper-division university” and therefore only offered courses for those in the last two years of their undergraduate program or in graduate school. This changed in 2001, when UIS began accepted freshman as part of a university-wide honors program, and also in 2006, when freshmen were able to be admitted under the general education curriculum. The public liberal arts university is the newest campus in the University of Illinois system and is part of the American Council of Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in Literary Studies Overview

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s online B.A. in English: Literary Studies must be completed entirely online. 121 hours are required for graduation, and all classes are taught by on-campus faculty. The English curriculum at UIS is traditional and thorough; students will take courses in American Literature, British Literature, and literature that does not fit within the confines of a national category – this will include such genres as Women’s Literature and Children’s Literature. Upper-level coursework includes the study of literary criticism and research, creative writing, and literary theory.

Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Springfield is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%
Tuition: $39,660

#7. Thomas Edison State College

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Namesake of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, Thomas Edison State College was established in 1972 and is one of New Jersey’s 11 public universities and colleges. The school has been located in downtown Trenton, New Jersey since 1979.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

Thomas Edison State College offers an online 120-hour undergraduate degree in English with a classical, foundational curriculum rich in diverse and modern literary expression. Students will take requisite customary English literature courses, a course in nonwestern literature, and courses focusing on proper rhetoric – including composition, critical thinking, research, and argumentation. The curriculum also provides a number of varied electives: Women in Literature, African-American Literature, Latin American Literature, Asian Literature, Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, The American Political Novel, Comic and Satiric Tradition, Social Protest Literature, and many, many more.

Accreditation

Thomas Edison State College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 15%
Tuition: $43,200

#8. University of Massachusetts Lowell

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell, also known as UMass Lowell, was founded in 1972 as the product of the merging of two institutions charted in the late 1890’s: Lowell State College and Lowell Technical Institute. The university is renowned for its science and engineering programs, and in 2013 the online campus was ranked sixth in the nation in the “Guide to Online Schools.”

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

UMass Lowell’s online Bachelor’s of Arts in English is a new program focusing on contemporary criticism and effective research methodology, yet the curriculum is balanced by foundational coursework in the British and American literary traditions. Students may choose to study either Chaucer or Shakespeare at length, and will pick from a vast array of electives including Gay and Lesbian Literature, Contemporary Women Writers, The South in American Literature, Short Story, Horror Story, Studies in Film, Rise of the Novel, Arthurian Literature, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Personal and Reflective Writing. All online courses are taught by the on-campus full-time faculty members and professional adjunct teachers to ensure the program’s quality. American novelist and short story writer, Andre Dubus III, is a writer in residence and associate professor in UMass Lowell’s English department.

Accreditation

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Tuition: $43,800

#9. University of Massachusetts Amherst

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A public research and land-grant university, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system and is the largest university in New England. The university is ranked among the top thirty public universities in the United States and is situated on almost 1,500 acres in Amherst, a renowned college town. UMass Amherst was founded in 1863 as an agricultural, mechanical, and military school and gained university status in 1947.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in University Without Walls: Writing Overview

UMass Amherst offers an online, undergraduate Writing degree available through their University Without Walls program. The UWW program is a flexible on-campus or online option for adults who would like to begin or complete an undergraduate degree. The program has been serving adult students for over forty years, and seeks to provide a flexible and intellectually stimulating environment to enable students with numerous responsibilities and complicated life situations to succeed academically. Up to 100 transfer hours can be accepted upon admission, and these hours may include not only academic credits but also credits for prior work and life experience. Students will study English, Comparative Literature, and Journalism. Specific coursework topics include creative fiction and nonfiction, autobiography, graphic novel, imaginative literature, children’s literature, magazine writing, science/sports/food/and travel writing, grant writing, professional and technical writing, and public relations. Upon graduation, alumni will have gained an understanding of the writer in society, and will be able to identify as such through self-promotion and/or eligibility for employment in various sectors.

Accreditation

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 70%
Tuition: $46,200

#10. Regent University

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Founded by Pat Robertson in 1978 as Christian Broadcasting Network University, Regent University is a private interdenominational Christian university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the late 1980s, Regent began offering what is now an extensive distance education program in addition to its on-campus degrees. Full-time and part-time faculty consist of graduates of Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and other schools. The university’s current motto is “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

A comprehensive study of written and oral communication and western literature, Regent University’s online Bachelor’s of Arts in English is a Christian program, and students wishing to study literature from that perspective, tradition, and worldview will greatly benefit. Emphases are available in communication and speech, creative writing, government, multimedia communications, and organizational communications. Regent’s online English program is identical to their on-campus counterpart.

Accreditation

Regent University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Tuition: $47,400

#11. East Tennessee State University

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Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities. The school is the fourth largest university in the state, and has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges. ETSU is known for its unique program offerings, including their Appalachian Studies program; their undergraduate degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music; and the nation’s only master’s degree in Storytelling.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

East Tennessee State University’s online B.A. in English is a low-residency program requiring a limited number of on-campus visits. Offered by the School of Arts in Sciences in the Department of Literature and Language, the program has a Nonteaching and a Teaching option. Both options require 120-credit hours for program completion and require courses in public speaking; debate; American, British, European, and world literature; ethics; philosophy; mythology; religion; and cultural anthropology. Teaching majors will take courses including Literature for Adolescents, Grammar and Usage, and Shakespeare and His Age. Students who will later seek certification must complete a Teacher Education minor in which the study of curriculum and methodology, reading instruction, uses of educational technology, and modern issues in education are highlighted.

Accreditation

East Tennessee State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 41%
Tuition: $52,800

#12. University of Memphis

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Founded in 1912 in Memphis, Tennessee, the University of Memphis currently enrolls over 21,000 graduates and postgraduates. U of M attained university status in 1957. Notable alumni include actress Kathy Bates, scientist Stan Franklin, writer Edmund Warren Perry, and former senator Fred Thompson.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

U of M’s 120-credit hour online B.A. in English offers online concentration options in either African American Literature or Professional Writing. Students who choose the African American Literature concentration will value literary criticism and careful analysis of the written word in both a historical, political, and contemporary context. Those who choose the Professional Writing concentration will be prepared to work in publishing, business, law, technology, education, and many other fields.

Accreditation

The University of Memphis is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 44%
Tuition: $52,920

#13. University of Colorado Denver

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The largest research institution in Colorado, the University of Colorado Denver is the largest research institution in the state. The university had its beginnings in 1883 as a medical branch of the University of Colorado in Boulder, and by 1910 the school was granted an allowance to permanently relocate to Denver and combine with the Denver and Gross Medical College. Subsequently, the school is especially renowned for its programs in biomedical sciences, developmental biology, oncology and cancer biology, structural biology, toxicology, and human and medical genetics. UC Denver has been recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Modern Healthcare, Forbes, and The Scientist.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts In English Writing Overview

The University of Colorado Denver offers an online B.A. in English Writing with a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of communicating individual thoughts clearly and thoroughly. Graduates will leave able to manage their time, think critically and creatively, and research and then plan their written work. The same faculty who teach on campus will deliver the online courses; these include Core Composition, Telling Tales: Narrative Art in Literature and Film, Introduction to Writing Studies, Introduction to Creative Writing, Multimedia Composition, Language Theory, Business Writing, and more. Alumni have gone on to work in entertainment, publications, advertising, the nonprofit and government sectors, and education.

Accreditation

The University of Colorado Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 42%
Tuition: $54,480

#14. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

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A women’s college located in Indiana, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the oldest Catholic college in the state and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning for women in the United States. The school is well known for its pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine; for its programs in art and music therapy; and for the Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was founded in approximately 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence. Widely known for its unprecedented work in the world of distance education, the school introduced the Women’s External Degree Program in 1973, one of the first independent study program in the nation.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

SMWC’s Department of Languages and Literature offers an online Bachelor’s of Arts in English with concentrations in Creative Writing, Literary Studies, and Literature and Cultural Studies. Coursework will be completed in topics on literature, myth, creative fiction and nonfiction, classic American and British literature, and modern world literature, among others. Students will have the opportunity to publish their original work in Aurora, the college’s literary magazine, or to join The Woods, SMWC’s newspaper. Virtual internships are also available for online students.

Accreditation

Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 60%
Tuition: $56,280

#15. Arizona State University

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Founded in 1885 and located on several campuses across Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona State University is a national space-grant institution and the largest public university in the country by enrollment. Arizona State University’s online campus was ranked #1 in online Student Services and Technology by U.S. News & World Report and offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

ASU’s online B.A. in English is a 120-hour degree program, 45 of which are upper-division, major courses. Graduates will leave the program with the capability and confidence required for effective public speaking, oral communication, and problem solving, and will be prepared for a variety of careers or advanced academic pursuits.

Accreditation

Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 57%
Tuition: $57,600

#16. Rogers State University

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Rogers State University is located in Claremore, Oklahoma with branches in Pryor Creek and Bartlesville. The school began offering bachelor’s degrees in 2000, and currently has over 4,300 students enrolled both on-campus and in its nationally-recognized distance-learning programs.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Arts: English Overview

Rogers State University’s Department of English and Humanities and School of Liberal Arts offers an online interdisciplinary B.A. in Liberal Arts: English. The curriculum emphasizes critical and independent thinking along with a strong foundation in Western heritage. 120-credit hours are required for graduation, and students will take courses in communications, composition, American history, diverse literary traditions, world religions, and in the study of literary genres.

Accreditation

Rogers State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 20%
Tuition: $57,784

#17. Northeastern University

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Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as the “Evening Institute for Younger Men” at a YMCA in Boston, Massachusetts. It is now an increasingly competitive and esteemed private research university. Northeastern University’s online school offers over 70 certificates and degree programs that adhere to the rigorous academic standards of the on-ground campus.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

A 160-quarter hour program, Northeastern University’s online B.A. in English can be completed in approximately four to seven years, depending on semester load. Students will take courses on western civilization, Western World Literature, American and British Literature, expository and persuasive writing, and Shakespeare. Students will finish the program with a detailed research project of their choosing, in concert with a faculty member.

Accreditation

Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 83%
Tuition: $59,040

#18. Ottawa University

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Ottawa University was founded in 1865 by Baptist missionaries. Its main campus, known as “The Residential College” or “The College” by faculty and staff, is one of 6 face-to-face campuses. The university enrolls 7,000 students across all of its campuses and online, with approximately 600 students enrolled on the main campus.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

Ottawa University offers an online Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a curriculum covering expository and creative writing, literary criticism, environmental literature, multicultural literature, literature of personal discovery, protest literature, and peace literature. Ottawa’s undergraduate English program is geared toward adult students – flexible, convenient, and with a generous allowance of incoming transfer hours.

Accreditation

Ottawa University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 40%
Full Program Tuition: $59,520

#19. University of Maryland University College

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University of Maryland University College is a development of the University of Maryland’s evening program for adults that began in the 1920’s. UMUC is an open university and one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world. The school serves over 90,000 students worldwide in a combination of on-campus courses and online courses and has campuses located all over the world. UMUC offers face-to-face courses to deployed military at bases in Afghanistan and Djibouti, Africa.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

UMUC’s online English B.A. requires completion of 120 hours of coursework. Advanced classes include African American Authors from 1900 to the Present, Advanced Research Writing, Seminar in Shakespeare Studies, Seminar in Creative Writing, Modern World Drama, and an assortment of traditional chronological studies of Western literature. Graduates will be prepared to work or continue academic study in almost any professional field, including business, education, law, journalism, marketing, creative and technical writing, public relations, and more.

Accreditation

The University of Maryland University College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 10%
Tuition: $59,880

#20. St. Catherine University

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Familiarly known as St. Kate’s, St. Catherine University of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota is a private, Catholic liberal arts university formerly known as the College of St. Catherine. St. Kate’s offers undergraduate programs for women and postgraduate programs for both women and men. The school was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Value” in the Midwestern region and as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” Founded in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Kate’s received full regional accreditation in 1917 and university status in 2009.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

St. Catherine’s University offers an online B.A. in English for women who desire to read critically and effectively interpret classic and contemporary literature. Graduates will be able to write satisfactorily and creatively, and will have a solid grasp on linguistics and language. Alumni have gone on to work in advertising, business, library science, publishing, and other fields, and many pursue graduate study in a variety of disciplines at prominent universities. An ethics and social justice emphasis distinguishes all of St. Kate’s academic programs, and the English program is no exception. St. Kate’s English curriculum is exceedingly diverse – students study English-speaking authors hailing from the British Isles, China, India, West Africa, and many other locations. Past visiting authors include Maya Angelou, Marilynne Robinson, and J.M Coetzee, to name just a few.

Accreditation

St. Catherine University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 61%
Tuition: $63,840

#21. University of Houston – Victoria

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The University of Houston-Victoria is part of the University of Houston system. Located in Victoria, Texas and founded in 1973, the school originally offered only upper-division courses and graduate courses and admitted only juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The university began admitting freshmen and sophomores in 2010. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UHV is the fourth-most affordable public university in Texas.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities: English and Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities: Creative Writing Overview

The University of Houston – Victoria’s English department offers two online undergraduate Humanities degrees. Their online B.A. in Humanities: English is a traditional English degree with a broad liberal arts core that aims to prepare students to work in publishing, journalism, radio, television, technical writing, and advertising. After graduation, students can pursue further academic study in English or another field, such as Law, Journalism, Linguistics, or Communication. UH Victoria’s B.A. in Humanities: Creative Writing shares the liberal arts foundation as well as many traditional English courses with the B.A. in English, but as students begin to take courses at the upper-level, they will choose from workshops and genre studies in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting.

Accreditation

The University of Houston-Victoria is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 46%
Tuition: $64,200

#22. Goddard College

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A progressive, private liberal arts college located in rural Plainfield, Vermont, Goddard College was founded in 1938 as an alternative institution of higher learning according to the philosophy and educational reforms of John Dewey. The college values non-traditional educational experiences, operates on a low-residency model, and encourages lifelong learning and responsible social action. The faculty facilitates student progress through narrative evaluations rather than issuing grades, and students study autonomously after designing their own curriculum.

Online Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Overview

Goddard College’s low-residency B.F.A. in Creative Writing is a program focusing on the individual artist as she creates her work in the context of community and the culture at-large. Students will be pressed to produce consciously crafted work, and will be no stranger to multiple revisions and the careful public critique of faculty and fellow authors. As the program nears completion, students will be expected to write skillfully in two genres, especially if they are considering graduate work in the field. Close readings will ensure that graduates are capable of deconstructing and articulating the structure and language of classical and contemporary works of literature, and of understanding the traditions and theories that define literary criticism. Readings of literary works spanning diverse cultures and past eras serve to inform students not only of the long-standing creative tradition marking language arts, but also to inform them of their own cultural and generational context. Low-residency students will meet semesterly for an on-campus residency with their faculty advisor, and spend the remainder of the semester in their home communities or traveling. Goddard’s low-residency model was pioneered approximately fifty years ago in response to the varying professional, familial, and other needs of adult students, particularly the need to learn in an academic format that acknowledges and appreciates real-world circumstances.

Accreditation

Goddard College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%
Tuition: $67,112

#23. Mercy College

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Mercy College is a private, nonsectarian liberal arts college located in New York State. Founded in 1950, Mercy College’s main campus is located in Dobbs Ferry, New York and spans 55 acres alongside the Hudson River; there are three additional campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown Heights. The college began including distance education in the late 1980’s, and now offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be completely entirely online.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

Mercy College’s 120-hour online English program is identical to their undergraduate English degree offered at campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Brooklyn, Yorktown Heights, Bronx, and Manhattan. The curriculum emphasizes developing the ability to think critically and hone compelling written and oral communication skills, as well as reflection on universal themes found in world literature and the meaning of humanity. Students take coursework detailing classical texts including the Bible and the works of Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare; coursework focusing on literature from a specific social and cultural context, including Women’s Literature, Caribbean Literature, African-American Literature, and works of contemporary Nobel Laureates; classes on particular literary genres such as the short story, drama, poetry, and literature to film; instructive coursework in language and writing; and coursework detailing historically significant literature including works of the Harlem Renaissance and the Victorian Era. Students may also choose to enroll in a dual degree program wherein they are able to earn their Master’s of English Literature online at an accelerated pace, while simultaneously earning their undergraduate English degree.

Accreditation

Mercy College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 35%
Tuition: $68,664

#24. University of Central Florida

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Located in Orlando, the University of Central Florida is part of the State University System of Florida and is, by undergraduate enrollment, the largest university in the United States. The university was founded by the Florida Legislature as Florida Technological University in 1963 with the intent of training personnel to support the U.S. Space Program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center. The school’s name was changed to the University of Central Florida in the late 1970’s to better reflect the diversification of its academic reach. A Tier 1 National University, UCF has been recognized very favorably for its value and academic standing by The Princeton Review, USA Today, Kiplinger, and U.S. News & World Report.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Bachelor’s of Arts in Bachelor’s of Arts in English: Creative Writing Overview

The University of Central Florida offers an online Bachelor’s of Arts in English that will prepare students for careers in education, law, editing, publishing, authorship, or further academic study in English. Students may choose to focus on either creative or professional writing during the completion of their core coursework, and then will choose from a variety of electives in both literature written before 1865 and literature written after said time. More specialized upper-level coursework is available and required – these classes include, to name just a few, Hispanic Women Writers; Continental European Fiction since 1900; Modern Drama as Literature; Harlem, Haiti, and Havana; Irish Literature; and Contemporary Native American Prose and Poetry. Linguistics and theory course topics include Principles of Linguistics, Practical Criticism, Modern English Grammar, and Advanced Feminist Theories, among others. 120-credit hours must be completed prior to graduation, and it must be noted that some residency is required. Also, UCF may not offer this program to prospective students in all fifty states. Students who choose the B.A. in English: Creative Writing degree will forego the professional and technical writing options, as well as those including linguistics and theory, in favor of more extensive coursework in classic literature study; multiple workshops in either fiction, poetry, scriptwriting or a combination therein; and advanced electives including Readings in Poetry for Creative Writers, The Writing Life, Editing for Creative Writers, Literary Magazines, and more.

Accreditation

The University of Central Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 67%
Tuition: $76,171

#25. Central Washington University

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Central Washington University is located in Ellensburg, Washington, approximately 100 miles east of Seattle, in the Kittitas Valley. Founded in 1890 as the Washington State Normal School, CWU received university status in 1877 after going through a variety of transformations. The school boasts over 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 500 postgraduates, and is one of the fastest growing universities in Washington.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English: Professional and Creative Writing Overview

Central Washington University offers a flexible, online B.A. degree in Professional and Creative Writing. Students will take specialized courses in traditional literary topics including poetry, fiction,nonfiction, and screenwriting, and will further develop their craft by studying business writing, scientific and technical writing, professional writing, publishing, and editing. Electives will be chosen in film studies, linguistics, literature, and writing. All courses are available online on a quarterly basis, though CWU is not authorized to accept students from all fifty states at this time.

Accreditation

Central Washington University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%
Tuition: $79,860

#26. Marylhurst University

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One of the oldest degree-granting institutions in the state of Oregon, Marylhurst University is a private Catholic liberal arts university that was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Long recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as a top Western university, Marylhurst is known for its programs in business, finance, art, and art therapy. Notable alumni include poet Madeline DeFrees and former Oregon governor Barbara Roberts.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and New Media Online

Marylhurst University’s unique online B.A. in English Literature and New Media examines the crossroads where traditional literary studies and digital media intersect. Students will study digital storytelling, hypertext and graphic novels, and traditional literary works, while building on their digital literacy and examining creative writing and literature from the context of new media. In this low-residency model, all courses are offered completely online, and students will only be required to make two short visits (long weekends) to the Portland, Oregon campus throughout the duration of their program. Much of the travel expenses are included in the standard tuition.

Accreditation

Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 30%
Tuition: $83,340

#27. Antioch University

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Antioch University was founded as a nonprofit college in 1852 and was established according to educator Horace Mann’s dream of a nonsectarian, coeducational, classical institution that emphasizes, to the same degree, science, modern literature, and history. Rather than maintaining an intrinsically competitive curriculum, the institution encourages students to read what they deem worthwhile, to present papers on topics of their own interest, and to channel their energy into the pursuit of personally significant social, political, artistic, and intellectual issues. Antioch received university status in 1978 and currently operates out of five campuses located across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Yellow Springs of Ohio, and Keene of New Hampshire.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Overview

Antioch University’s online degree completion B.A. in Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing emphasizes rigorous study of the great works of literature and the development of a critical perspective on one’s own creative work and inspiration. With a strong foundation in traditional American and British literature, students will be prepared to take on more advanced coursework including analyzing the writings of historically marginalized authors as well as that of contemporary authors, and studying the human language instinct and process of acquisition. Students are encouraged to practice writing in different genres and to explore new media, including blogging and other social platforms, in their quest for an ideal outlet. Being an interdisciplinary degree, Antioch’s program utilizes a variety of coursework that pushes students to see their professional lives through the lens of not only literature, but also society, culture, and philosophy. The program’s faculty consists of many accomplished, published authors, and they assist in hosting an optional summer workshop on Antioch’s campus with other award-winning authors, literary agents and publishers.

Accreditation

Antioch University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 63%
Tuition*: $15,000

*This is a degree completion program.

#28. Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Established in 1930 as the College of William and Mary, the school acquired university status and its current name in 1969. ODU enrolls approximately 24,000 through on-campus and online programs, and is recognized as a national leader in distance learning.

Online Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies: Professional Writing Overview

ODU’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers degrees for students who are interested in two or more subjects and would prefer the relative autonomy of constructing their own degree plan. This degree-completion Professional Writing program provides students with a solid core of technical writing and communications courses, as well as traditional composition courses and basic foundational work in human resources and public relations. All classes are offered online in a synchronous fashion – meetings are live and regularly scheduled. Alumni have gone on to work in publishing, editing, advertising, copywriting, marketing, grant writing, and sales.

Accreditation

Old Dominion University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%
Tuition*: $18,840

*This is a degree completion program.

#29. Indiana University East

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Indiana University East is located in Richmond, Indiana. Founded in the mid-1960’s, the school grew out of an extension of Earlham College that was operated by both Earlham and Indiana University. IU East currently offers 12 fully online baccalaureate degree completion programs.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English: Technical and Professional Writing Overview

Indiana University East’s online B.A. in English: Technical and Professional Writing is intended for students who have completed 60 or more transferable credits with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. No more than 64 transferable credits will be accepted from a community college or other two-year school. Students will complete coursework in literary interpretation, technical editing, professional writing, digital writing, American and British culture and literature, Native American culture and literature, ethnic and minority literature, and literary criticism.

Accreditation

Indiana University East is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 20%
Tuition*: $19,320

*This is a degree completion program.

#30. California Baptist University

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A private Christian university located in Riverside, California, California Baptist University is a liberal arts institution managed by the California Southern Baptist Convention. Founded in 1950 as California Baptist College, the school boasts such notable alumni as Drew Shirley, guitarist for Christian rock band Switchfoot; Rick Warren, internationally-acclaimed motivational pastor and author of The Purpose-Driven Life; and Fraser Kershaw, founder of the charity Water Works.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in English Overview

California Baptist’s online B.A. in English is an accelerated degree completion program – students may graduate in as few as sixteen months. Coursework includes topics on British and American literature, multicultural literature, children’s and young adult literature, detective literature, creative writing, composition, Christian thought, Biblical study, language acquisition, and proper research methodology. Live online forums with other students and professors provide a platform for rich discussion, debate, and group analysis. A minimum of 24 transfer credits are required before acceptance.

Accreditation

California Baptist University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 59%
Tuition*: $25,528

*This is a degree completion program.