Expand your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and open the door to career opportunities with an English degree.

At Park University, our Bachelor of Arts in English degree program is designed for students who want to develop critical practices in reading, writing, and thinking – which will lead to creative and humanist responses to literature, life, and intellectual endeavor. No matter what your professional goals are, an English degree can provide you with a skill set applicable to many different career paths.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our 16-week Bachelor of Arts in English program, you’ll be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. However, our minors in English and Professional and Technical Writing are available either face-to-face or online.

The Bachelor of Arts in English requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 16 hours of English core curriculum, 9 hours in literature, 9 hours in writing and rhetoric, and 9 hours of approved English electives. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


English Bachelor of Arts – 122 Hours

English and Professional Writing Bachelor of Arts – 42 Hours

Online & Parkville

English Minor – 18 Hours, 2.0 GPA

Professional & Technical Writing Minor – 18 Hours, 2.0 GPA


Professional & Technical Writing Certificate – 12 Hours



All majors must submit a writing-sample portfolio for consideration by faculty as a graduation requirement. The portfolio contents will reflect an understanding and fulfillment of all English program objectives. Following portfolio completion, students will discuss their portfolio contents in a public presentation.





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Stacey Kikendall

Dr. Stacey Kikendall

Department Chair
Associate Professor of English

Glenn Lester

Glenn Lester

Program Coordinator - First Year Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger

Program Coordinator - Professional Writing
Associate Professor of English

Dr. Silvia Byer

Professor of Modern Languages

Stephen Grover

Dr. Stephen David Grover

Assistant Professor of English

English is about more than reading books. It’s about opening your mind.

English is one of the most versatile university degrees you can earn. As an English major or minor, you will take a range of courses based on your interests and life and career goals. The insights and broadening perspective that you gain in the English program will benefit you in your personal, professional, and civic life. You will explore literatures and rhetorics from different time periods and cultures; produce multiple forms and styles of writing (creative/professional/analytical); learn theoretical and critical approaches; and delve into the history of language and rhetoric. Join us in English studies and find out who you are and what you think.

Careers with an english degree

  • Writing (Creative, Technical, Scientific, Business)
  • Publishing and Editing
  • Communication and Journalism
  • Law
  • Government and Political Science
  • Education

And future careers that prize writing, communication, and analytical thinking – which means that an English degree prepares you for all kinds of careers!

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Student receiving her diploma

english degree Program Highlights

In our English classes, you might engage with literature through traditional academic essays, but you might also respond to a poem with a mixed media art piece or create a comic version of a short story. You might challenge your writing skills by composing a micro memoir. You might develop and direct a film adaptation of a literary work, or research a peer’s writing process, or plan and host a university event, or you might get a job with the resume and cover letter you develop in professional writing.

As a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, you might present your work at a national conference, publish your critical or creative writing in a national journal, or sponsor a writing workshop. Or, get involved with The Scribe, Park’s student literary arts club and magazine, where you might edit a literary magazine, workshop your writing-in-progress, and make life-long friends!

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.