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English

The Department of English Language and Literatures 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 literature, language or language and literature. The Department also collaborates with Canadian Studies, Children's Literature, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Religion, Literature and the Arts, Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and Science and Technology Studies.

Students considering a career in teaching English at the secondary school level should visit the Faculty of Education for prerequisites. For information on advanced degrees, see graduate English.

Major in English

Admission

Students may declare a Literature emphasis, a Language emphasis, or a Language and Literature emphasis. Students should consult the English Department website or speak with an advisor for more information about these options.

Major in English: Literature Emphasis

Lower-Level Requirements

12 credits comprised of:

  • 6 credits of 100-level English; OR Arts One; OR 6 credits of ASTU 100; OR 3 credits of ASTU 100 or 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; OR WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level English
  • 3 credits of ENGL 200
  • 3 credits selected from ENGL 220-249

Upper-Level Requirements

Literature Course Groups:

    • A. Medieval and Renaissance Literatures: ENGL 343 to ENGL 350
    • B. 18th- and 19th-Century Literatures: ENGL 351 to ENGL 364
    • C. Modern, Contemporary, Transnational, and Indigenous Literatures: ENGL 365 to ENGL 379
    • D. Media, Theory, Genre, and Special Topic: ENGL 332 to ENGL 339; ENGL 380 to ENGL 397

    30 upper-level credits comprised of:

    • 12 credits comprising 3 credits selected from each of Group A, B, C, and D above
    • 3 additional credits from either Group A or Group B
    • 3 additional credits from either Group C or Group D
    • 3 credits of Canadian Literature selected from ENGL 2221, 360, 371, 372, 373, 394; or any other pre-approved course in which there is a large selection of Canadian Literature; please see a Majors Advisor
    • 3 credits of ENGL 490
    • 6 additional credits of upper-level ENGL

    1NOTE: ENGL 222 may be used to satisfy the Canadian Literature requirement, but does not count towards the required 30 credits of upper-level ENGL; please see a Majors Advisor.

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

    Major in English: Language Emphasis

    Lower-Level Requirements

    12 credits comprised of:

    • • ENGL 140/LING 140 and 3 credits of 100-level English (this option is recommended); or 6 credits of 100-level English; or Arts One; or 6 credits of ASTU 100; or 3 credits of ASTU 100 or 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; or WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level English
    • 3 credits of ENGL 229
    • 3 additional credits selected from ENGL 200-249

    Upper-Level Requirements

      Language Course Groups:

    Group A: Structure of English (ENGL 330, 331, 321, 3261, 4891)

    Group B: History of English (ENGL 318, 319, 3261, 342, 343, 344, 346, 4891)

    Group C: Approaches to contemporary English (323, 324, 3261, 328, 4891)

    Group D: Discourse and meaning (ENGL 312, 322, 3261, 327, 4891)

    Group E: Rhetoric (ENGL 307-311, 4891)

    1Note: topics in ENGL 326 and ENGL 489 vary. In any year, each course will be classed into a Group depending on the topic covered in that specific year; please see a Majors Advisor.

    30 upper-level credits comprised of:

    • 12 credits of ENGL 318, 319, 330, 331;
    • 9 credits comprising one course from each of three of five Language Course Groups (A-E)
    • 3 credits of ENGL 489
    • 6 credits selected from:
      • Upper-level ENGL courses (excluding ENGL 301)
      • Selected relevant courses outside of the Department (e.g. Linguistics, Anthropology, Language and Literacy Education, Philosophy, Psychology): Approval of an English Department advisor required in advance of taking the course.

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

    Major in English: Language and Literature Emphasis

    Lower-Level Requirements

    12 credits comprised of:

    • ENGL 140/LING 140 and 3 credits of 100-level English (this option is recommended); or 6 credits of 100-level English; or Arts One; or 6 credits of ASTU 100; or 3 credits of ASTU 100 or 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; or WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level English 140 and 3 credits of 100-level English
    • 3 credits of ENGL 200
    • 3 credits of ENGL 229

    Upper-Level Requirements

    30 upper-level credits comprised of:

    • 15 credits in Language:
      • 3 credits of either ENGL 330 or ENGL 331
      • 9 credits comprising one course from each of three of five Language Course Groups (A-E)
      • 3 additional credits from Language Course Groups A-E
    • 12 credits in Literature
      • 3 credits selected from ENGL 343-364 (Literature Groups A or B)
      • 3 credits selected from ENGL 365-379 (Literature Group C)
      • 6 additional credits selected from courses in Literature Groups A-D. A course in Canadian Literature is recommended.
    • 3 credits of majors Seminars:
      • either ENGL 489 (Language) or ENGL 490 (Literature)

      Honours in English

      Students may be admitted to either a Literature emphasis or a Language and Literature emphasis.

      Students may enter the Honours program in either their second or third year of study. Admission into either emphasis in 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 Literature emphasis in third year requires an average of at least 76% in ENGL 210 and 211 OR in ENGL 200 plus 3 credits from ENGL 220-249. Admission into the Language and Literature emphasis in third year requires an average of at least 76% in ENGL 200 and ENGL 229.

      Honours in English: Literature Emphasis

      Upper-Level Requirements

      48 credits comprised of:

      • 9 credits comprised of one course from each of the following three areas:
        • Old and Middle English Studies: ENGL 342, 343, 344, 346;
        • Sixteenth-Century Studies: ENGL 347, 348;
        • Seventeenth-Century Studies: ENGL 349, 350; and,
      • 6 credits comprised of one course from two of the following three areas; one course must be in Canadian Literature (ENGL 360, 371, 372, 373, 394) unless that requirement has already been met:
        • Eighteenth-Century Studies: ENGL 351, 353;
        • Nineteenth-Century Studies: ENGL 355, 361, 362, 364;
        • Twentieth-Century Studies: ENGL 366, 372, 374, 378; and,
      • 3 credits of Language or Rhetoric: ENGL 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 328, 330, 331, 340, 352; and,
      • 12 credits of senior honours seminars including at least 3 credits in each of ENGL 491 and 492; and,
      • 3 OR 6 credits of ENGL 499, Honours Essay; and,
      • 12-15 credits of additional ENGL courses numbered 304 and above.

      Honours in English: Language and Literature Emphasis

      Upper-Level Requirements

      48 credits in ENGL courses numbered 304 or higher, comprising:

      • 12 credits of seminars: must include ENGL 489 and at least 3 credits of ENGL 491 or 492
        • Language seminar: ENGL 489 and/or graduate seminar on language (with permission)
        • Language and/or Literature seminar: ENGL 491, 492
      • 12 credits of literature:
        • 3 credits Literature Group A - Medieval and Renaissance Literatures: ENGL 343 to ENGL 350
        • 3 credits Literature Group B - 18th- and 19th-Century Literatures: ENGL 351 to ENGL 364
        • 3 credits Literature Group C - Modern, Contemporary, Transnational, and Indigenous Literatures: ENGL 365 to ENGL 379
        • 3 credits Literature Group D - Media, Theory, Genre, and Special Topic: ENGL 332 to ENGL 339; ENGL 380 to ENGL 397
      • 12 credits of language:
        • 3 credits: either ENGL 330 or ENGL 331
        • Remaining 9 credits: 3 credits from three out of five Language Groups A, B, C, D, E
      • 3 or 6 credits of ENGL 499, Honours Essay
      • 6-9 credits of additional ENGL courses numbered 304 or higher

      Language Group A: Structure of English (ENGL 330, 331, 321, 3261, 4891)

      Language Group B: History of English (ENGL 318, 319, 3261 342, 343, 344, 346, 4891)

      Language Group C: Approaches to contemporary English (ENGL 323, 324, 3261,328, 4891)

      Language Group D: Discourse and meaning (ENGL 312, 322, 3261, 327, 4891)

      Language Group E: Rhetoric (ENGL 307-311, 4891)

      Note: topics in ENGL 326 and ENGL 489 vary. In any year, each course will be classed into a Group depending on the topic covered in that specific year; please see an Honours Advisor.

      Minor in English

      Students may declare a Literature emphasis or a Language emphasis.

      Minor in English: Literature Emphasis

      Lower-Level Requirements

      12 credits comprised of:

      • 6 credits of 100-level English; OR ARTS 001; OR 6 credits of ASTU 100; OR 3 credits of ASTU 100 or 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; OR WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level English; and,
      • 6 credits selected from ENGL 200-249; ENGL 200 is recommended.

      Upper-Level Requirements

      18 upper-level credits comprised of:

      • 6 credits selected from Literature Course Groups A and/or B (see above for the list); and,
      • 12 additional credits selected from Literature Course Groups A through D.

      Minor in English: Language Emphasis

      Lower-Level Requirements

      12 credits comprised of:

      • ENGL 140/LING 140 and 3 credits of 100-level English (this option is recommended); or 6 credits of 100-level English; or Arts One; or 6 credits of ASTU 100; or 3 credits of ASTU 100 or 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; or WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level English
      • 6 credits selected from ENGL 200-249; ENGL 229 is recommended.

      Upper-Level Requirements

      18 upper-level credits comprised of:

      • 6 credits of ENGL 330 and ENGL 331
      • 9 credits comprising one course from each of three of five Language Course Groups (A-E)
      • 3 additional credits from Language Course Groups A-E

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

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