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

100- and 200-Level Requirements

B.A. requirements, and successful completion of 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 the pre-1800 period (up to and including the Neo-Classical period);
  • 6 credits in courses focusing on the post-1800 period (from the Romantic period to the present); and
  • 3 credits in Canadian literature.

To enrol in 300-level courses, students must have completed a 3-credit, 200-level English course, and have 3rd year standing. To enrol in 400-level courses, students must have completed 9 credits of 300-level English.

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, and Cultural Studies). A single course can only fulfill the combined major requirement for one program.

The English requirements for the combined major include the following:

100- and 200-Level Requirements

B.A. requirements, including the following:

  • ENGL 220, 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 with 3 credits of upper-level Canadian.

To enroll in 300- or 400-level courses, students must have completed a 3-credit, 200-level English course.

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. They must submit a formal application to the English honours program coordinator consisting of a covering letter, the application form, a dossier consisting of transcripts of the most recent two semesters of study, and a writing sample of approximately 1,500 words (six typed pages). Students from other institutions may also be required to submit transcripts of their most recent two semesters of study.

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 25-30 pages and must conform to MLA style.

Note: before registering in ENGL 499, honours students must:

  • choose a topic on which they wish to work;
  • choose an honours essay supervisor who will agree to supervise the essay and who is acceptable to the honours committee;
  • with the help of the supervisor, prepare an honours essay proposal. Once the supervisor is satisfied with the proposal, it must be submitted to the honours committee no later than May 31 of the student's third year of study.

After approving the honours essay proposal, the honours committee will submit it to the head of Critical Studies and to the Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies for their approval.

While registered in ENGL 499, students will be expected to meet regularly with their supervisor and to submit drafts of their work for discussion and approval. After completing the essay, the student must submit three copies of the essay to the English honours program coordinator. The coordinator will then convene the honours committee to appoint an examining board consisting of the supervisor and one faculty member familiar with the subject of the essay. This board will be responsible for reading the essay and giving it a grade.

The following are dates and procedures for the evaluation of the honours essay:

  • March 1 - submission of a completed copy of the essay to the honours essay supervisor. The supervisor will then determine whether or not the essay is ready to go to the examining board.
  • March 15 - the essay must be submitted to the examining board members for an initial reading.
  • March 30 - the Honours Committee must inform the student if the essay is acceptable in its present form with some minor editing, requires major revisions, or is unacceptable in its present form. The supervisor will inform the student of the committee's decision.
  • April 15 - the student must submit a revised copy of the essay to the examining board if editing and/or revision are required. If the board is satisfied with this submission, the supervisor will ask the English honours program coordinator to chair a meeting of the examining board some time during the final examination period to determine the final grade for the honours essay. Normally, the grade will be an average of the grades each member of the board assigns. This average will become the grade for ENGL 499.

The supervisor will submit the final grade for the essay (ENGL 499) by the deadline for grade submission for Winter Session, Term 2.

After the essay has been approved, students must present a bound copy of the essay to their supervisor, and another to the head of the Critical Studies department; this copy will become part of the permanent collection held in the UBC Okanagan Library.

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.

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