English Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

With a degree in English, you will study the language, stories, and poetry that shape our lives. English students sharpen their communication skills and explore literature, critical theory, cultural studies, and creative writing. Prepare for careers in a world shaped increasingly by the powers of text, imagination, and tale.

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Why should I earn an english degree?

In Demand

In 2020, over 96 percent of BVU graduates were employed or in grad school within six months of graduation.

Vital Skills

You’ll learn to think critically about your own culture, other cultures, and yourself by analyzing written works, movies, video games, and more.


English is a skill you’ll use every day in every career—you’ll have plenty of ways to use your degree, even if you’re unsure about your career path. 

What Can I Do With a English Degree

  • Journalist
  • Radio, television, or film producer
  • Copywriter
  • Teacher
  • Public relations manager

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Why study English at BVU?

Real-life experience: The English program sponsors an annual, student-produced literary and fine arts magazine, FACES, and you’ll be in charge of all aspects of production. Students also edit Hot Dish Magazine, an online literary journal featuring works by high school writers.

Immersion: Blog and work in social media; listen to acclaimed poets, speakers, and authors; produce magazines; and take part in academic conferences, internships, and senior capstone projects.

Expertise: Work alongside award-winning faculty to build problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. 

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TANNER JENSEN, Class of 2019

Tanner helped publish Hot Dish, a BVU-sponsored literary magazine. He reviewed and made edits to fiction and poetry submissions of high school authors and learned the challenges many editors face when judging submissions. As a student, he also attended the Luther Writing Festival, where he explored what the world of writing looks like. These experiences prepared Tanner for post-graduation success. 



Hybrid Learning

You can earn your English degree without leaving your community. Courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction via Zoom with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

English Courses

  • Major in English (34 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in English (18 Credit Hours)
  • Major in English with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (31 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in English with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (24 Credit Hours)

Transfer to BVU

BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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English Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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