Online Degree Programs

Students can take many undergraduate English courses online. We even offer two whole undergraduate degrees online:
(1) BA in English with a concentration in African American Literature
(2) BA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing

There are many advantages to studying online at the Department of English, including working with excellent instructors; studying at a more flexible pace than is possible in on-the-ground classes; working on the course at times of day convenient to your work and family schedules; and taking the course in the comfort of your home, at a coffee house, or anywhere with Internet access.

Before You Take English Courses Online

If you decide to take our online courses, it is a good idea to first talk to our Department's undergraduate academic advisor, Bridget Wells, either in her office or via email or telephone. Please see our undergraduate advising page for more information about scheduling your appointment.

Also, visit the University of Memphis eCampus to find out the basic technical requirements necessary for taking online courses and to find other sources of help for online courses.

RODP classes (.R01, .R50, .R25, etc.) classes are not administered by the Department of English. Speak with your advisor before signing up for these classes to make sure they fit into your degree program.

English Courses Online

Students can satisfy core and elective requirements by taking online courses. Check our Two-Year Master Template for all upper-division undergraduate and graduate online courses in English. See if there are any that work for you and talk to your advisor to enroll.

We also offer online sections of 2201 Literary Heritage and 2202 Literary Heritage/African American every semester.

English BAs Online

Here is the required course work for our BAs in English with concentrations in African American Literature and Professional Writing. (Note, however, that you don't have to pursue either of these degrees to take any of these courses online.)

African American Literature

Professional Writing

Department Core Requirements
[9 hours]

  • ENGL 3210: British Lit to 1750
  • ENGL 3220: British Lit since 1750
  • ENGL 3327: American Lit to 1790

Core Electives (choose one)
[3 hours]

  • ENGL 3511: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 3604: Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 4602: Advanced Composition

Concentration Core Requirements
[12 hours]

You must take all four courses within African American Lit:

  • ENGL 3325: African American Lit through the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 3326: African American Lit since the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 4372: African American Authors through the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 4373: African American Authors since the Harlem Renaissance

English Upper Division Elective hours
[9 hours].

Please note that courses used to satisfy concentration core requirements cannot also be used to satisfy Upper Division elective requirements.

Department Core Requirements
[9 hours]

  • ENGL 3210: British Lit to 1750
  • ENGL 3220: British Lit since 1750
  • ENGL 3327: American Lit to 1790

Core Electives (choose one)
[3 hours]

  • ENGL 3604: Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 4602: Advanced Composition

Concentration Core Requirements
[9 hours]

You must take all three of the following
courses and choose one concentration elective within Professional Writing:

  • ENGL 3601: Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 3602: Professional Writing/ Editing
  • ENGL 4619: Web Design/ Online Writing

Concentration Elective
[3 hours]

  • ENGL 3604: Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 4602: Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 4630: Internship in Professional Writing

English Upper Division Electives
[9 hours]

Please note that courses used to satisfy concentration core requirements cannot also be used to satisfy core elective or Upper Division elective requirements.

 

Other electives may be offered online; check with our Department's undergraduate academic advisor, Bridget Wells.

Please note that Upper Division ENGL RODP courses are only applicable towards Upper Division English Elective(s).

See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information about degree requirements including General Education courses.