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Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts

Spring 2024 Start Date:

January 8, 2024

Summer A 2024 Start Date:

May 6, 2024


Within the department of English, we’re driven to explore language — written and spoken — to enrich lives and impact change in the world. Together, we foster a greater appreciation for the role human creativity plays in society.

The written word is a valuable tool for communication. Those who have a passion for the written word will be completely enthralled with the fully online BA in English. Students can find their path and earn a degree with special emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric.

Students interested in acquiring advanced skills in communication, argumentation and writing thrive in the Writing and Rhetoric Track. Through coursework that draws on current research in the field of writing and rhetoric studies as well as the diverse resources of South Florida, students become rhetorically sophisticated readers and writers who adapt to and shape the 21st century multicultural, multilingual, and digital contexts in which they live and work. Our graduates are successful business professionals, scholars, and teachers whose cutting-edge approaches to writing, rhetoric, and communication make them particularly attractive to employers.

  • Why Apply?

    The skills you learn with a degree in English can be applied to any career. It’s been said that those who have a strong command of the English language will always be employable. According to PayScale, however, English majors are dominating in the growing areas related to digital content. With the evolution of technology, the digital world has created an even greater need for writers, editors and proofreaders who can weave expert copy and amass great banks of content to fulfill the needs of organizations. Along those lines, our graduates acquire employment in positions in every industry. However, most graduates find positions related to the following traditional fields:

    • Editing and Publishing
    • Public Relations
    • Technical Writing
    • Education Administration
    • Advertising and Media
    • Secondary and Post-Secondary Teaching
    • Law Business/Industry Management

    Our faculty are scholars in a multiplicity of fields ranging from world literature to semantics and writers of memoirs, thrillers, poetry and more. Our distinguished faculty regularly earn recognitions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Moreover, many of our alumni have gone on to publish their own works.

  • Courses

    Lower Division Requirements

    Common Prerequisite Courses and Equivalencies

    FIU Course(s) ENC 1101
    Equivalent Course(s) ENCX101 or ENCXXXX¹

    FIU Course(s) ENC 1102
    ENCX102 or ENCXXXX¹
    ¹Six semester hours of English coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments. Note: C or better is required for all coursework. Courses which form part of the statewide articulation between the State University System and the Florida College System will fulfill the Lower Division Common Prerequisites. For generic course substitutions/equivalencies for Common Program Prerequisites offered at community colleges, state colleges, or state universities, visit:

    Common Prerequisites
    ENC 1101 - Writing and Rhetoric I
    ENC 1102 - Writing and Rhetoric II or 
    ENC 2304 - College Writing for Transfer Students

    Other Degree Requirements
    ENG 2012 - Approaches to Literature 

    Upper Division Requirements (Major Core)

    Creative Writing
    (One course, three hours) 
    CRW 3010 - Creative Writing: Forms and Practices   

    Linguistics (One course, three hours) 
    LIN 4680 - Linguistics-Modern English Grammar

    Literature (One course, three hours)
    AML 4606 - Studies in 19th-Century African American Literature
    Other courses are in development. Please speak to your advisor about alternatives for satisfying this requirement.

    Writing and Rhetoric Track (9 credits)
    ENC 3334 - Introduction to Writing Studies (starting in Spring 19)
    ENC 3371 - Rhetorical Theory and Practice (by Fall 19)
    ENC 3213 - Professional and Technical Writing

    Writing and Rhetoric Track Electives (9 credits)
    ENC 3311 - Advanced Writing and Research
    ENC 3204 - Advanced Business Writing
    ENC 3416 - Writing and New Media
    ENC 3363 - Writing About the Environment
    ENC 4241 - Scientific Writing
    ENC 4930 - Special Topics in Composition

    Additional Approved Electives (24 credits)
    Students should consult with a departmental advisor about these courses, which may be from other departments in the university.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    FIU Admission Requirements

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT or ACT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official college transcripts.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


    Returning Students

    Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.

       Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee
    • Updated official transcripts

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
    • Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
    • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    Admission Documents

    To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

    Florida International University Office
    of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 659003
    Miami, FL 33265-9003

    FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:
    Faster (All FL public institutions)
    Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
    SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records
    *Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

  • Tuition

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

  • Top Faculty

    Our department faculty are scholars in a multiplicity of fields ranging from writing studies to world literature, semantics and are also writers of memoirs, thrillers, poetry and more. Our Writing and Rhetoric faculty publish in areas including community writing, technical writing, writing pedagogy, writing centers, and rhetorical histories. The department’s distinguished faculty regularly earn recognitions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

120 Credits Required

235.57 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

648.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.



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