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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.

Literature Emphasis Program

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, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350
    • B. 18th- and 19th-Century Literatures: ENGL 351, 353, 355, 361, 362, 364
    • C. Modern, Contemporary, Transnational, and Indigenous Literatures: ENGL 365, 366, 368, 371, 372, 373, 374, 378
    • D. Media, Theory, Genre, and Special Topic: ENGL 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 386, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397
      Students must complete 30 upper-level credits comprised of:
    • 3 credits selected from each of group A, B, C, or D above; and,
    • 3 additional credits from either group A or group B; and,
    • 3 additional credits from either group C or group D; and
    • 3 credits of Canadian Literature selected from ENGL 222, 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; and,
    • A minimum of 3 credits of ENGL 490, the Literature Majors Seminar; and,
    • 6-9 additional credits of upper-level ENGL which may be comprised of:
      • Up to 9 credits selected from Literature Course Groups A, B, C, or D above;
      • Up to 6 credits selected from ENGL 304-331, 340, 342
      • Up to 6 credits of pre-approved upper-level literature courses from outside the Department; please see a Majors Advisor.

    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

    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; and,
    • 3 credits of ENGL 229
    • 3 additional credits selected from ENGL 220-249

    Upper Level Requirements

      Language Course Groups:
      • 1. History of the English Language: ENGL 3261, 340, 343, 344, 346,347, 348
      • 2. Structure of the English Language: ENGL 321, 323, 3261, 328
      • 3. Approaches to Discourse: ENGL 308, 312, 322, 3261
      • 4. Rhetorical Theory: ENGL 307, 308, 309, 310, 311

    1Note: topics in ENGL 326 vary. Depending on the topic covered in any specific year, the course may satisfy groups 1, 2, 3; please see a Majors Advisor.

      30 credits comprised of:
    • 12 credits of ENGL 318, 319, 330, 331; and,
    • 9 credits comprised of one course selected from 3 out of the 4 Language Course Groups
    • 3 credits of ENGL 489, the Language Majors Seminar
    • Up to 6 credits selected from:
      • English Literature or Composition: ENGL 304, 349-393
      • Pre-approved upper-level language courses from outside the Department, please see Majors Advisor
      • Remaining credits may be chosen from courses in the Language 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).

    Language and Literature Emphasis Program

    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 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; OR 3 credits of WRDS 150 or 350, and 3 credits of 100-level English
    • 3 credits of ENGL 200
    • 3 credits of ENGL 229

    Upper Level Requirements

      30 credits comprised of:
    • 15 credits in Language:
      • ENGL 310, 330, and 331
      • 6 additional credits selected from ENGL 307-331, 340
    • 12 credits in Literature
      • 3 credits selected from ENGL 343-364 (Literature Groups A or B)
      • 3 credits selected from ENGL 365-378 (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)

      Note: Students are required to seek Majors Advising before registering for upper-level courses.

      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 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.

      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.

      Minor in English (Literature)

      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 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)

      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 229 is recommended.

      Upper Level Requirements

        18 credits comprised of:
      • 6 credits of ENGL 330, 331; and,
      • 6 credits selected from either ENGL 318 and 319 (Language emphasis) OR ENGL 310 and 311 (Rhetoric emphasis)
      • 6 credits selected from ENGL 307 to 328, 342-348, 352

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

      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.

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