Other Subject Areas

Undergraduate Courses

In addition to the majors offered in FCCS, the Faculty also offers courses in the Digital Humanities, Film, German, Japanese, Music, Medieval Studies and Renaissance (minor) and Theatre (minor).

Students can take courses in any of these areas as electives to complement their degree, and in some cases add a minor to the degree they are pursuing. See the subject areas listed below for more information. 

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities focus on the conceptualization, production and communication of humanities research in a digital context. Students can take courses in Digital Humanities and learn how to research and analyze meaningful data to create infographics, new methods for exploring the archive, and data visualization.

FCCS faculty run the Humanities Data Lab, which houses projects that engage the work of the humanities, adding value to cultural artifacts through interpretation and analysis in a digital context.


Film Studies offers courses that examine film and cinema from esthetic, historical, economical, sociological and technical perspectives. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of films and demonstrate their understanding of practical and theoretical considerations of filmmaking, from screenwriting to editing and exhibition.


German Studies offers courses in English for those interested in German literature, culture, history, film and the environment, as well as courses taught in German that can be used to meet the university’s language requirement. Options for students taking German include beginner's courses and intermediate level here (A1—B1). Reflecting the importance of German in today's global context,

German language courses offer a practice-based approach to language learning that allows our students succeed in today's world . Recognizing language skills as a key competency in a global economy, our students taking German language come from diverse disciplines, such as the arts, international relations, political science, computer science and business management.

German Studies was established thanks to a donation by the Reichwald family.


Japanese Studies (JPST) courses can open your world to a whole new perspective. Explore Japanese literature, film, or popular culture in English, or learn how to express yourself in Japanese while you fulfil your language requirement.

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JPST language classes are full of in-class activities that develop essential speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. Many classes include online language exchange with native speakers or other learners of Japanese, and all classes include online practice and exercises for independent study.

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Taught in English, JPST culture courses use the analysis of anime, gendered language, manga, modern literature, TV dramas, video games and visual culture to develop skills in critical thinking and writing. Most courses are cross-listed and will meet requirements for a BA in Cultural Studies.

Animated Kanji Videos for Genki I and II

View online video mangas using mnemonics to teach the kanji for several chapters of the Genki textbooks. (Special thanks to Nikki Krogfoss for creating these videos.)


Courses in Music Studies are an historical survey of popular music and its accompanying visual cultures from the turn of the 20th century to today. Students will become acquainted with the most influential works of popular music and their creators against a background of key interpretive and critical approaches in mainstream and academic contexts.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (minor)

The Department of Critical Studies has made available to students a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This program draws on courses from across the humanities, including English, History, Latin, French, Spanish, and Philosophy.

The Medieval and Renaissance periods of European history witnessed the beginnings of print culture, European expansion, the founding of the modern state, the modern notions of currency, and important advances in technology and communications. Its study intersects with and informs economic, political and social history, along with the histories of ideas and technology. It is also the founding period for several major world languages and lays the groundwork of their literatures.

The Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies incorporates courses from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. It provides an interdisciplinary but intensive concentration on a single period. The fields on which it draws include philosophy, history, art history, English, Spanish and French.

The program concentrates on a period stretching from the twilight of antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment. Standing at the origin of what we now describe as European civilization, our period blends the familiar and the alien. Since the Middle Ages and Renaissance witnessed the foundation of almost every major western institution, it anticipates the contemporary, but also challenges our certainties and offers radically different models of life and understandings of the world. This minor enriches any degree because study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance cultivates a critical regard towards the contemporary world.

Theatre (minor)

Study in Theatre at UBC Okanagan offers a flexible and innovative approach to theatre education and performance. Small studio classes provide an intimate, collaborative and transformative learning environment through experiential, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural curriculum. The BA Minor in theatre is designed to complement the work being done in other programs. Students are given the opportunity to combine their academic studies with creative and practice-based contemporary performance theory and practice. 

The Minor in Theatre also offers experiential learning opportunities in non-profit cultural organizations, arts-based education, cultural outreach and community engagement, enabling students to acquire transferrable skills valued on the job market. The option of a Minor in Theatre is open to students majoring in English, Cultural Studies, Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, Psychology, Education, Health, and Management. Students in any program can take Theatre courses as electives to compliment their degree. 


Spanish (minor)

The Department of Critical Studies has made available to students a minor in Spanish. Courses offered in Spanish cover language, literature and culture. The language-learning aspect of the program covers practical skills and daily application of Spanish, as well as skills that are transferable to a work environment and an academic setting.

Students have the option of spending a semester abroad studying and experiencing life in a Spanish-speaking environment.

World Literatures

World literature is a vibrant and vital field of study covering a spectrum of national literatures, historical periods and cultural phenomena through the ages and across the globe. Courses offered in this area are indicative of study areas about world-shaping events, movements and developments. Tracing a global arc across a wide selection of oral, written and visual traditions, students will explore how politics and ideology shape and define literatures across geographical, cultural and ethnic boundaries.

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