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Bachelor of Arts in English Online

Acquire the skills and knowledge every employer desires. LSUA's quality, affordable BA in English program allows you to complete your degree 100% online and prepare for a rewarding career in communications, writing, editing or teaching English.

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120 credit hours
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The LSUA 100% online Bachelor of Arts in English degree program provides you with a comprehensive education and thorough understanding of English principles, composition and literature. Courses feature studies in public speaking, drama, poetry, literary history and foreign language. This program accepts a large amount of transfer credits, so you can pick up where you left off and finish your degree while you continue working.

In the Bachelor of Arts in English online degree program, you will:

  • Empower yourself with skills every employer looks for, including written and oral communication, editing, copywriting, critical thinking, time management, creative thinking and analysis
  • Gain the necessary knowledge to prepare to teach English or work in communications, writing or editing
  • Improve your career opportunities and provide a better future for yourself and your family

Online Courses

Coursework in this 120-hour online Bachelor of Arts in English features a robust study of poetry, fiction, drama, British, American, and world literature, as well as a variety of electives.

Students must complete 39 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences/Electives (9), Humanities (9), Fine Arts (3), CMIS (1), 39 hours of Major Requirements, 6 hours of Foreign Language and an additional 36 hours made up of electives or transfer credit.

General Education Courses
ENGL 1001 English Composition

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FIAR 1001 Introduction to Fine Arts

An introduction to the fundamental problems and concepts of art in the fields of design, sculpture, graphics, painting, and ceramics as they relate to the home, community, religion, commerce, and industry. Discussions, lectures, outside readings.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 1061 Communication Fundamentals

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, with opportunities for communication skills acquisition and practice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 2060 Public Speaking

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1001 History of Western Civilization I

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies in Western Civilization from the earliest times to the Reformation Era.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 1003 History of Western Civilization II

A broad survey of ideas, institutions, and societies of Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the present.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2055 American History I

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from the earliest times to 1865. Topics include interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans in America; the impact of English colonial developments; American slavery; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of antebellum America; foreign policy and territorial expansion in North America; and the American Civil War.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2057 American History II

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from 1865 to present. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, Progressivism, Twentieth-Century American foreign policy and wars, the Great Depression and New Deal, the Cold War and civil rights movement, and contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1021 College Algebra

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 2011 General Statistics

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 1029 Contemporary Mathematics

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1021. A survey of practical mathematics for non-science majors. Topics can be chosen from—but not limited to—sets, logic, number systems, number theory, geometry, finance, graph theory, voting, and mathematics history.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1001 General Biology I

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021. An introduction to biological principles including scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1201 to meet a degree's requirement.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 1002 General Biology II

Prerequisite: BIOL 1001. A taxonomic survey of living organisms (bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals) and viruses. Includes study of structure and functions of organs and systems with emphasis on advanced plants and vertebrates. Also covers basic evolutionary and ecological principles and reinforces use of the scientific process. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1202 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 2030 Introduction to Environmental Science

Prerequisite: ENGL 1002. Basic ecological principles related to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The scientific approach to environmental issues and society's response to these issues are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 1001 Physical Science I

Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1021. A non-technical survey course covering a broad range of topics in the field of chemistry and physics. It is not intended for students who wish to pursue further work in chemistry or physics, and may not be substituted for basic courses covering these areas of science.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHSC 2063 Meteorology

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 1021 or MATH 1313. Atmospheric processes and how they contribute to resulting weather events; current weather observations and forecasting techniques; severe events; weather service of NOAA.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CHEM 1001 Intro Chemistry for Non-Science Majors I

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLI 2051 American Government

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2000 Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001. A survey course with emphasis on introducing the student to the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Major Requirements
ENGL 2010 English Grammar

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Analysis of the sentence and discussion of the basis of standard usage; traditional and modern approaches to grammar; of particular interest to English and Education majors.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2027 Poetry

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and uses of poetry over time and across cultures. [CENL 2313]

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2031 The Novel

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of the forms and development of the novel over time and across cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 3020 British Literature I

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. A survey of British Literature from the beginning to 1798.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 3072 American Literature II

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. A survey of American Literature from 1798 to present.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 3070 American Literature I

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. A survey of works by significant writers from the beginning through the Civil War period.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2148 Shakespeare

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Introduction to Shakepeare's drama and poetry.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 3026 Literary History

Prerequisite: one 2000-level literature course. (ENGL 2025, 2027, 2031, 2084, or 2148) Study of one or more historical periods of literature in English. Special attention to the idea of literary history, interplay between genres, and the difficulties inherent in defining periods and movements. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours when content varies.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 3173 Southern Literature

Prerequisite: one 2000-level literature course. (ENGL 2025, 2027, 2031, 2084, or 2148) Study of poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction of the American South.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 4026 Studies in Poetry

Prerequisite: one 2000-level literature course. (ENGL 2025, 2027, 2031, 2084, or 2148) Study of a poet or group of poets, or a specific theme, historical period, or a critical problem in poetry. May be taken for a maximum of six hours credit when topics change.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 4028 Studies in Drama

Prerequisite: one 2000-level literature course. (ENGL 2025, 2027, 2031, 2084, or 2148) Study of a dramatist or group of dramatist, or of a specific theme, historical period, or critical problem in drama. May be taken for a maximum of six hours of credit when topics change.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 4370 Major Writers World Literature

Prerequisite: one 2000-level literature course. (ENGL 2025, 2027, 2031, 2084, or 2148) Study of writers in English translation, through a specific theme, nationality, historical period, or critical problem. May be taken for a maximum of six hours of credit when topics change.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 4674 Major African American Writers

Prerequisite: one 2000-level literature course. (ENGL 2025, 2027, 2031, 2084, or 2148) Study of one or more African-American writers, with attention to issues of ethnicity and literary form. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit when topics change.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Foreign Language
Spanish 1001 Elementary Spanish I

Basic lexicon and structures of Spanish. Emphasis on communicative language use. [CSPN 1014]

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Spanish 1002 Elementary Spanish II

Prerequisite: SPAN 1001. Basic lexicon and structures of Spanish. Emphasis on communicative language use.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Electives
KINS 2010 Nutrition in Health and Disease

Prerequisite: CHEM 1001 or 1201; or BIOL 1001 or 1201. Course designed primarily for students planning to enter the health field. Principles of nutrition and dietary modifications relating to health and disease conditions across the ages.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PHIL 2025 Bioethics

Defining health and disease; deciding on rights, duties, and obligations in the patient-physician relationship; abortion and the concept of a person; defining and determining death; euthanasia and the dignity of death; allocation of medical resources, both large-scale and small-scale; experimentation with fetuses, children, prisoners, and animals; genetic testing, screening, and interference.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
POLI 2051 American Government

A survey of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of American government with emphasis on the national government. Topics include constitutional development, federal-state relationships, electoral politics, law, public policy and civic responsibility.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2055 American History I

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from the earliest times to 1865. Topics include interactions between Europeans, Indians, and Africans in America; the impact of English colonial developments; American slavery; causes and consequences of the American Revolution; development of antebellum America; foreign policy and territorial expansion in North America; and the American Civil War.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 2057 American History II

Prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history. Survey of American history from 1865 to present. Topics include Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, Progressivism, Twentieth-Century American foreign policy and wars, the Great Depression and New Deal, the Cold War and civil rights movement, and contemporary domestic and foreign policy developments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 2060 Public Speaking

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2070 Developmental Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001 and PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A life span survey of psychological changes (social, emotional, & intellectual) in development from conception to death.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 2084 Myths, Legends, and Folklore

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. Study of myths, legends, and folklore and their relationship to narrative patterns in literature. May include examples from non-Western cultures, such as Native American, Asian, African, and Islamic cultures.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SOCL 2093 Aging in American Society

A survey of social and cultural aspects of aging with particular emphasis upon American society and the problems encountered by older persons.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 3022 British Literature II

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1002. A survey of British Literature from 1798 to present.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 3530 Corrections Within the Community

An in-depth study of correctional programs and practices that function outside the traditional institutional setting. Survey of community corrections in terms of historical contributions; legal, social, and ethical considerations; professionalism; roles of staff, administration, and community resources in relationships among and between the community systems.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CJUS 4045 The U.S. Prison System

A thorough review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). A review of the different levels of institutions, prison policies, and practices of the BOP.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Upcoming Start Dates:

July 3

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August 28

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Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition Breakdown

$249.40

Per Credit Hour

$748.20

Per Three Credit Hour Course

Financial Aid

LSUA works with students to help them remove financial barriers to education, and to make sure you are comfortable. There are loans and grants available.

Admissions

Are you a first-time freshman or a transfer student? Find out what you need to be admitted.

If you are a Louisiana resident, you must:

  • Complete LA Core 4 Curriculum, or its equivalent at time of high school graduation
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Require no Developmental Courses
  • Have either 2.0 GPA or greater in Core Courses, or ACT Composite of 20* or greater

If you are a transfer student, you must:

  • Have earned 12 non-developmental course hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Have completed a college-level English and Math course designed to fulfill general education requirements.

Note: Students transferring with fewer than 12 non-developmental hours, or students transferring from schools not regionally accredited, must have at least a 2.0 college GPA and meet First-Time Freshmen criteria.