Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Explore literature and how it imparts meaning in multiple contexts and eras, including the contemporary globalized world.

English_438x265Darci Ritchey and her fellow English students at UBC Okanagan study, analyse and discuss complex texts.

What You Need to Know

Why study English at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Research connections
English professors engage students in research projects, labs and centres that range from indigenous studies and the study of animal ethics to digitized cultural history.

Career opportunities
Mastery of the English language is a powerful political and philosophical tool to expand career options in the information age. Become an expert communicator in such occupations as speechwriter, editor and media producer.

Join a culture of diversity
English professors in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) offer a wide variety of courses in areas such as indigenous literatures, postcolonial literatures, world literatures, media studies, ecocriticism, critical and cultural theory, and the digital humanities. FCCS hosts numerous arts and culture events, including visiting author talks, theatrical performances, and the AlterKnowledge discussion series.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in English, which involves the close study and analysis of complex texts. Our courses explore literature and culture across a full range of historical periods from medieval to contemporary in various national and global contexts.

Our faculty members conduct research and teach in a wide range of historical and contemporary areas, including indigenous and postcolonial literatures, Shakespearean drama, critical animal studies, women's literary history, punk culture, critical theory, popular fiction, digital humanities, poetry and poetic sound archives, and children’s literary cultures. 

You will gain an appreciation for language and its role as one of the most powerful political and philosophical tools in this information age.

Our degree programs include the B.A. Honours and  Major in English, as well as the M.A. in English. Undergraduates can also complete a Combined Major with another B.A. program or a General Studies B.A. with a concentration in English. 


UBC Okanagan’s English program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover literature in historical contexts, children’s literature, screen-based media, composition, digital humanities, and more.

Sample courses:

  • ENGL 151 – Critical Studies in Literature
  • ENGL 212 – Studies in Children's Literature
  • ENGL 379 – Postcolonial Literary & Cultural Studies

Browse English courses and descriptions in the Academic Calendar.

Here are more details about English courses for the current academic year, including topics and reading lists.

Degree Options

Detailed information on the English program can be found in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English:

English undergraduates can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English with a Major, Combined Major, Honours, or General Studies BA with a concentration in English.

Learn about graduate studies in English.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples

Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university?

Visit for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.

Students are encouraged to declare their major in English at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for required courses.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
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Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

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Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

English Studies prepare students to live in a world where writing, reading, coding and decoding are skills in high demand. Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe, and secure a career in marketing, advertising, publishing, or web design. Or continue your education to work in professions such as law, teaching, or social work.



  • Author
  • Bank officer
  • Book critic
  • Columnist
  • Copywriter/copy editor
  • Corporate communications specialist
  • Court reporter
  • Desktop publisher
  • Documentation specialist
  • Editor
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Freelance writer/editor
  • Fundraising specialist
  • Information officer
  • Journalist
  • Legislative aide
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Literary agent
  • Manuscript reader/assessor
  • Multimedia writer
  • Newspaper/magazine editor
  • Overseas language teacher
  • Proofreader
  • Public/media relations officer
  • Publisher
  • Radio/TV newscaster
  • Radio/TV producer
  • Reporter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Speech coach
  • Speech researcher
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical writer
  • Writing centre director

Potential Employers

  • Advertising agencies, Internet design firms, multimedia content providers, private consulting firms, research centres, software development companies, and training programs
  • Governments (municipal, provincial, and federal)
  • Large corporations with in-house corporate communications and human resource departments
  • Newspapers, alternative newspapers, book and magazine publishers, and scholarly journals
  • Radio and television stations

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

The Master of Arts (MA) degree in English at UBC Okanagan provides students with theoretical and practical tools of advanced literary studies in English.

Graduates of the MA program are prepared for a variety of professions that value strong communication skills and a facility in writing and textual analysis including education, journalism, professional writing, publishing, law, consulting, marketing and for pursuing a PhD degree.

There are two ways to fulfil the requirements for an MA in English: the Masters Coursework Option and the Masters Thesis Option.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

  • Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career. English professors engage students in research projects, labs and centres that range from Indigenous studies and the study of animal ethics to digitized cultural history.
  • Take part in Eco Art Incubator, a research initiative that provides students and artists with a platform from which to work, as well as access to artist-friendly resources for conservation and ecological initiatives.
  • Investigate opportunities offered through the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT), an interdisciplinary institute that engages in multiple forms of art, media, and information technologies as vehicles for the exploration and expression of community, culture, and identity.
  • Work collaboratively with artists and communities at the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts (CIMA) and foster contemporary artistic practices of indigenous media artists.

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé. Available awards include:

  • The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Undergraduate Research Awards ($2,500) provide undergraduate students with support you can use to engage in research and creative activities during the summer.
  • The FCCS Community Engagement Award recognizes activities that make a significant and positive impact on communities beyond the university.
  • Check out additional scholarships and bursaries available for English students.

Work Opportunities

  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Build up your portfolio by flexing those English muscles—write, edit, interview and perform other journalistic roles at UBC Okanagan's newspaper, The Phoenix, the official students’ free press.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's English program:
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Maranda Wilson

Student experience: "We are all really proud of our campus and we love to show it!"


Karis Shearer, UBC Professor

“I love the surprise elements of discovering what the archives have to share.”

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Cole Mash, Alumnus

"My professor taught me a magic trick: how to make five sentences into one."

Find out more about professors who teach in the English program

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the English program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at

Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.

Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.

Or tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.

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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan's new student orientation.

Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

Peer mentors are a great resource—ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.

The Library’s Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas and pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and course work.

Familiarize yourself with campus resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, classes and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.


Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in the English Course Union.

Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining a club or association.

Living in Residence

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence.

The Okanagan: What to Expect

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.


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