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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 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 either ENGL 210 or ENGL 200 and at least 76% in ENGL 229.

      Honours in English: Literature Emphasis

      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

      48 credits comprised of:

      • 3 credits of ENGL 300: Introduction to Critical Theory
      • 24 credits comprising 6 credits selected from each of Group A, B, C, and D above
      • 3 credits of Canadian Literature1 selected from ENGL 360, 371, 372, 373, 394 (selected course may also account toward Group B, C, or D as required)
      • 12 credits of ENGL 491: Honours Seminar
      • 3 credits of ENGL 499: Honours Essay
      • 6 credits of additional ENGL courses numbered 304 and above. A Language course is recommended (see Language Course Groups A-E, above).
        1ENGL 222 is also applicable toward the Canadian Literature requirement. However, if this is the only Canadian Literature course completed, students must compete an additional three credits of ENGL courses numbered 304 and above in order to complete no less than 48 credits at the upper-level. Students intending to complete only ENGL 222 as their Canadian Literature requirement must see the Department of English Language and Literatures for advising.

      Honours in English: Language and Literature Emphasis

      Upper-Level Requirements

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

      • 3 credits of ENGL 300: Introduction to Critical Theory
      • 12 credits of literature comprising 3 credits selected from each of Literature Groups A, B, C, D (see groups above)
      • 12 credits of language comprising:
        • 3 credits of ENGL 330 OR ENGL 331
        • Remaining 9 credits: 3 credits from three out of five Language Groups A, B, C, D, E (see groups below)
      • 12 credits of seminars including:
        • 3 credits of ENGL 489 and/or graduate seminar on language (with permission)
        • 3 credits of ENGL 491: Honours Seminar
      • 3 credits of ENGL 499, Honours Essay
      • 6 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 Literature, Language, or Teacher Education Preparation.

      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

      Minor in English: Teacher Education Preparation

      The Minor in English: Teacher Education Preparation combines courses in Literature and Language. Students who complete this Minor will have the English course requirements needed to apply to the UBC Teacher Education Program (Secondary) with a specialization in English.

      Lower-Level Requirements

      6 credits comprised of 100- or 200-level English:

      • 6 credits of 100-level or 200-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 or 200-level English; OR WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level or 200-level English. 3 credits of 200-level English recommended.

      Upper-Level Requirements

      24 upper-level credits comprised of:

      • 6 credits selected from Literature Course Groups A and/or B (see above for the list);
      • 6 credits selected from Literature groups C and D; ENGL 372 and 373 are strongly recommended
      • 3 credits from Language Course Groups A-E (see above for list), ENGL 321 recommended.
      • 9 additional credits selected from ENGL 301-398. 3 additional credits from Language Course Groups A-E recommended.

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

      Page last updated: April 28, 2022

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