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English

The Department of English offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts. The Department offers honours and major programs in English with emphasis in either literature or language. The Department also collaborates with Canadian Studies, Children's Literature, Comparative Literature, Integrated Drama, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Religion, Literature and the Arts, Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and Science and Technology Studies.

For information on advanced degrees, see graduate English.

In March, the Department compiles detailed information about the courses offered in the next academic year, including course descriptions, instructors, timetabling information, and the credit value of variable credit courses. An electronic copy of this information is available later in the Spring on the Department website at www.english.ubc.ca.

Major in English

Admission

Students may either declare a Language or a Literature emphasis or take a program of courses combining both emphases. Students should consult the English Department website or speak with an advisor for more information about these options and the admissions process.

Literature Emphasis Program

100-level Requirements

  • 6 credits of 100-level English; OR
  • Arts One; OR
  • 6 credits of ASTU 100; OR
  • 3 credits of ASTU 100 and 3 credits of 100-level English; OR
  • WRDS/ASTU 150 and 3 credits of 100-level English

200-level Requirements

  • ENGL 220; AND
  • one of ENGL 221-224 or 230-232

Upper-level Requirements

The Literature Emphasis Program requires that students complete at least 30 credits in courses numbered 304 or higher. They must take:

1. At least ONE course from each of the Literature Emphasis Course Groups A, B, C, D distributed as follows:

    • A. Medieval and Early-Modern Literature: ENGL 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 354
    • B. 18th- and 19th-Century Literature: ENGL 357, 358, 359, 362, 364, 369
    • C. Genre and Theory: ENGL 332, 402, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 412, 417, 418, 419
    • D. Modern and Contemporary Literature: ENGL 462, 464, 466, 468, 470, 472, 474, 476, 478, 480

    2. ONE (only) Literature Majors Seminar (ENGL 490), preferably in fourth year

    3. At least ONE course in Canadian Literature from Group D (ENGL 470 or 476) or ENGL 222 (or any other course in which there is a large selection of Canadian literature with the approval of a Major Advisor)

    4. Remaining credits can be chosen from Literature Emphasis Course Groups A, B, C, D or, to a maximum of 6 credits, from the Language Emphasis Program (ENGL 304-331 and ENGL 340). With the permissions of an Advisor, up to 6 credits of upper-level literature courses outside the Department can be counted towards the Major

    For detailed information and descriptions on the courses offered by the Department of English, please consult the department website (www.english.ubc.ca).

    Language Emphasis Program

    100-level Requirements

    • 6 credits of 100-level English; OR
    • Arts One; OR
    • 6 credits of ASTU 100; OR
    • 3 credits of ASTU 100 and 3 credits of 100-level English; OR
    • WRDS/ASTU 150 and 3 credits of 100-level English

    200-level Requirements

    • ENGL 229; and
    • one of ENGL 220-228 or 230-232.

    Upper-level Requirements

    The Language Emphasis Program requires that students take at least 30 credits of language courses. They must take:

    1. ENGL 318 and 319, AND ENGL 330 and 331 (12 credits).

    2. At least ONE course in each of THREE of the Language Emphasis Course Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 distributed as follows:

      • 1. History of the English Language: ENGL 326, 340, 343, 344, 346,347, 348, 352
      • 2. Structure of the English Language: ENGL 321, 323, 326, 328
      • 3. Approaches to Discourse: ENGL 308, 312, 322, 326
      • 4. Rhetorical Theory: ENGL 307, 308, 309, 310, 311
      • Note: topics in ENGL 326 vary. Depending on the topic covered in any specific year, the course may satisfy groups 1, 2, 3, 4.

    3. ONE (only) Language Majors Seminar (ENGL 489) preferably taken in fourth year.

    4. A maximum of two courses (6 credits) in English literature or composition: ENGL 304, 349, 354, 357-364, 369-478. With the permissions of an Advisor, up to 6 credits of upper-level language courses outside the Department can be counted towards the Major.

    5. Remaining credits may be chosen from courses in the Language Emphasis Course Groups.

    For detailed information and descriptions on the courses offered by the Department of English, please consult the department website (www.english.ubc.ca).

    Note: Students considering a career in teaching English at the secondary school level should visit the Faculty of Education for prerequisites.

    Honours in English

    Students may enter the Honours program in either their second or third year of study. Admission into second year requires an average of at least 76% in 3 credits of First-Year English literature and 3 credits of First-Year writing or in UBC's Arts One program. Admission into the third year requires an average of at least 76% in either ENGL 210 and 211; or ENGL 220 plus 3 credits from ENGL 221, 222, 223, 224, 230, or 231.

    Third and Fourth Years

    Students must observe the following requirements:

    1. Students must take at least one course from each of the areas below (minimum 9 credits):
      • Old and Middle English Studies: ENGL 340, 343, 344, 346, 352, 356
      • Sixteenth-Century Studies: ENGL 347, 348, 367
      • Seventeenth-Century Studies: ENGL 349, 354, 376
    2. Students must take at least one course from two of the following areas (minimum 6 credits), one of which must be in Canadian Literature unless that requirement has already been met in the second year:
      • Eighteenth-Century Studies: ENGL 357, 358
      • Nineteenth-Century Studies: ENGL 359, 362, 364, 369
      • Twentieth-Century Studies: ENGL 462, 464, 466, 470-478
    3. Students must take at least 3 credits of language or rhetoric courses from the following: ENGL 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 320, 321, 322, 323, 326, 328, 330, 331, 340, 352

    In addition, students are required to take 12 credits of senior seminars (at least 3 credits in each of ENGL 491 and ENGL 492). Students are also required to take ENGL 499 (Graduating Essay) in their fourth year. 60 credits are required in the third and fourth years, at least 48 credits of which must be in English courses numbered 304 and above.

    Minor in English (Literature)

    Lower Level Requirements

      Students must complete 12 credits selected from:
    • 6 credits of 100-level English; or ARTS 001; or 6 credits of ASTU 100 OR 3 credits of ASTU 100 and 3 credits of 100-level English; or WRDS/ASTU 150 plus 3 credits of 100-level English
    • 6 credits selected from ENGL 210 to 232; ENGL 220 is recommended.

    Upper Level Requirements

    Students must take 18 credits of senior English (ENGL 343 or higher), at least 6 of which must be in the Literature Emphasis Course Groups A and/or B, and the other 12 from Groups A through D. Courses outside the English Department or from Group F cannot be counted toward the Literature Minor.

    Minor in English (Language)

    Lower Level Requirements

      Students must complete 12 credits selected from:
    • 6 credits of 100-level English; or ARTS 001; or 6 credits of ASTU 100 OR 3 credits of ASTU 100 and 3 credits of 100-level English; or WRDS/ASTU 150 plus 3 credits of 100-level English
    • 6 credits selected from ENGL 210 to 232; ENGL 229 is recommended.

    Upper Level Requirements

      Students must complete 18 credits of upper level English language courses, distributed as follows:
    • ENGL 330 and 331
    • either ENGL 320 (Language emphasis) or ENGL 310 to 311 (Rhetoric emphasis)
    • 6 credits selected from ENGL 307 to 328, 340 to 348, 352

    Courses outside the English Department may not be counted towards the Minor.

    Note: Students considering a career in teaching English at the secondary level should visit the Faculty of Education for prerequisites.

    Suggested Courses for Intending Secondary School English Teachers

    The Department of English, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, recommends the following courses for Majors who wish to prepare themselves to teach English in secondary schools.

    Second Year

    Any 6 credits of second-year English. ENGL 220 is particularly recommended.

    Third and Fourth Years

    A total of 36 upper-level credits, including:

    • ENGL 303 or 304 or CRWR 301 (note that ENGL 303 does not count toward the major or for upper-level credit)
    • ENGL 320 or 330 and 331 or LING 420
    • 6 credits of pre-twentieth-century literature
    • 6 credits of twentieth- or twenty-first-century literature

    Students in this program must complete all the normal requirements of an English Major. For more information, see the pre-admission worksheet provided by the Faculty of Education.

    Language Proficiency Index Requirement for 100-level English (ENGL) Courses

    Many programs at UBC require at least 3 credits of first-year English; some require 6 credits. In order to remain registered in any first-year English course, students must complete all sections of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) and achieve a minimum score of level 5 (30/40) on the essay section of the examination.

    Unless a student meets the LPI requirement by meeting one of the exemptions listed below, the LPI test must be taken on or before the deadlines listed on the First-Year English website. Restrictions for registering in other courses may be applied to the student if the English requirements of a faculty are not met.

    The LPI Examination

    The LPI is an examination that provides a way to determine a student's competence in summary, essay writing and recognition of common errors in English usage and sentence structure. It also involves the composition of an argumentative essay of between 300 and 400 words. Performance on the essay will determine a student's eligibility for first-year English courses, but students must complete all parts of the examination.

    A study guide entitled Preparing to Write the LPI is available from the LPI website.

    Results

    Students must identify UBC as the “receiving institution” for their LPI result, and their results will be uploaded to their UBC student record by Paragon Testing. The English Department does not release results.

    Students with scores of level 5 or 6 on the essay section will retain their registered spaces in their first-year English courses; those with a level 4 or below at the deadline will not be permitted to remain in a first-year English course. Students in this latter category are encouraged to enroll in Writing 098, a non-credit course offered by the University Writing Centre. For more information on Writing 098, see the University Writing Centre.

    Exemptions

    Students in the following categories are exempt from the LPI requirement; all other students must complete the LPI:

    • those with a final grade (school mark plus government exam mark) of 75% in BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12
    • those with a final grade of 75% in English Language and Literature or Studies in Literature (ENG4U or OAC English) for Ontario applicants
    • those with a final grade of 75% or the equivalent (as determined by UBC Admissions) in grade 12/senior year English in an English curriculum secondary school, operating in a country where the primary language is English
    • those with a final grade of 80% or equivalent (as determined by UBC Admissions) in grade 11/penultimate year English in an English curriculum secondary school, operating in a country where the primary language is English
    • those with a final grade of 3 or better in the Advanced Placement (AP) course in literature and composition
    • those with a final grade of 4 or better in Standard or Higher level International Baccalaureate English A
    • those who have completed 3 credits of first-year English or the equivalent, acceptable for transfer to UBC, with a minimum grade of 70%
    • those who have completed 6 credits of first-year English or the equivalent, acceptable for transfer to UBC
    • those who have attained a score of at least 5.0 on the essay section of the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Test Academic (CELPITA), a portion of the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) that may be used to satisfy the English Language Admission Standard

    A student who misses the LPI deadline must contact First-Year English. For assistance, telephone 604.822.4247 or 604.822.4259.

    Further Enquiries

    For further information visit LPI or contact Paragon Testing, 110-2925 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC, V5M 4X5; telephone 778.327.6853; fax 604.822.9144. For further information about eligibility for first-year English courses, contact the First-Year English Office, 604.822.4247 or 604.822.4259.

    Page last updated: July 24, 2017

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