English

Major in English

Admission Requirements

Prospective Major in English students must have an average of 68% in 6 credits of 100-level English or an average of 68% in 12 credits of English, of which only 6 credits may be at the 100 level. Once admitted into the English Major program, students must maintain an average of 68% in all English courses.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of 48 credits in English, including the following:

100- and 200-Level Requirements

B.A. requirements
(Recommended for English majors: two of ENGL 150, 151, and 154)
Second-year Requirements: ENGL 220, 221, and 250.

300- and 400-Level Requirements

30 credits of 300- and 400-level English, including:

  • 6 credits in courses focusing on pre-1830 literary periods (up to and including the Romantic period);
  • 6 credits in courses focusing on post-1830 literary periods (to the present); and
  • 3 credits in Canadian literature.

Additional English Requirements

A minimum of an additional 3 university-level credits of English.

Prerequisites for upper-level English courses are indicated on the applicable course descriptions. Students are advised to make themselves aware of these prerequisites when planning their degrees.

Combined Major with English

A combined major is created by satisfying the requirements for a combined major in English and another B.A. program that offers a combined major (currently Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies,and French). A single course can fulfill the combined major requirement for only one of the two programs in the combined major.

The English requirements for the combined major include the following:

100- and 200-Level Requirements

B.A. requirements
(Recommended for the combined major: two of ENGL 150, 151, and 154);
Second year requirements:

  • ENGL 220 and 221;
  • one additional second-year English course;
  • ENGL 250 or CULT 275; and;
  • 70% average in 15 credits of English, of which only 6 credits may be at the 100 level.

300- and 400-Level Requirements

  • 21 credits of 300- and 400-level English including 3 credits of upper-level Canadian.

Prerequisites for upper-level English courses are indicated on the applicable course descriptions. Students are advised to make themselves aware of these prerequisites when planning their degrees.

English Honours Program

The Honours program in English is designed as an intensive course of study for a select number of students who have chosen English as their major and who have demonstrated exceptional creative, critical, and communicative abilities in their second-year coursework in English. The program is a more advanced and more directed course of study than the program for English Majors and has additional requirements. Students who complete this program of study will receive a degree that will distinguish them as successful and highly motivated students of English who have achieved a high degree of competency in the discipline and who are prepared for the rigours of more advanced scholarship.

Admission Requirements

In order to graduate with a B.A. with Honours in English students must meet the following requirements:

  • Prospective English Honours students must have an average of at least 80% in second-year English courses. Once admitted into the Honours program, students must maintain a 70% average in all 300- and 400-level courses.
  • Students may apply once they have second-year standing and have completed ENGL 220 or ENGL 221; however, students are welcome to apply at any time after these prerequisites are in place. Students must submit an application form to the English Honours program coordinator. Students from other institutions may also be required to submit transcripts of their most recent two semesters of study. The application form is available here.

Honours Program Graduation Requirements

Students wishing to graduate with an Honours degree in English must meet the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies requirements for a Major in English as outlined in the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar.

In addition, Honours students will be required to:

  • successfully complete 54 credits in English, of which at least 36 credits must be at the 300 and 400 level;
  • successfully complete one 300- or 400-level course in each of the following areas (21 credits):
    1. Medieval;
    2. Renaissance and Seventeenth Century;
    3. Restoration/Eighteenth Century;
    4. Nineteenth Century;
    5. Twentieth and Twenty-First Century;
    6. Canadian;
    7. Critical Theory;
  • successfully complete ENGL 499 (Honours Essay). ENGL 499 is a 6-credit course taken over two terms, normally the last two terms of a student's program. The essay must be a well-researched work of approximately 18-25 pages and must conform to MLA style.

For further information on the English Honours program, proposal, and timelines consult the program website.

Minor in English

To complete a Minor in English, students must accumulate no fewer than 30 credits and no more than 42 credits in English out of the 120 credits required for the B.A. degree. At least 18 of these credits must be numbered 300 or above.

Page last updated: June 8, 2022

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