Major in English

Course Planning

The English Program in FCCS offers four degree pathways at the undergraduate level:  Honours B.A., English Major, Combined Major, and Minor in English. The requirements for each pathway differ: students with 68% or better in their first-year English courses can declare English as their Major at the end of first year. In their second year, students can elect to remain in the Major, apply to the English Honours program, or pursue a Combined Major. Students take at least 21 credits of upper level English courses in addition to the upper level courses required for the other program in the Combined Major.

To obtain a Minor in English, students must complete 30 credits in English (including their 6 credits in first-year English). At least 18 of these credits are taken as 300 or 400 level courses.

In order to complete a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English, students need to complete 81 required credits, that includes BA requirements and major requirements, and 39 elective credits for a total of 120 credits.

 

BA degree credits CULT & ENGL

Year 1

Students must take at least two first-year English courses, and can take a range of electives in other disciplines during their first year. For English Honours, Majors, and Combined Majors, we recommend at least two of ENGL 150, 151, and 154 in first year.

Sample Year One

  • ENGL 150: Introduction to Literary Genre
  • Language requirement
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • ENGL 151: Critical Studies in Literature
  • Language Requirement
  • BA required course
  • BA required course
  • BA requirement OR Elective

Year 2

Students in the English Major as well as those wishing to enrol in English Honours or in a Combined Major must complete two historical survey courses and one theory course in second year:  ENGL 220, 221, and 250. These courses provide essential foundational knowledge for further studies in English literature. Other second-year English courses, such as ENGL 212 “Studies in Children’s Literature” or ENGL 234 “Foundations: Indigenous Literature” can also count towards a degree in English.

Sample Year Two

  • ENGL 220: Foundations: Literature in Historical Context 1
  • ENGL 215: Reading Screens
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • ENGL 221: Foundations: Literature in Historical Context 2
  • ENGL 250: Foundations: Interdisciplinary Theory and Method in Literary Research
  • ENGL 222: Literature in Canada
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective

Years Three and Four – Major

Students take at least 30 credits of upper level English courses that will fulfill five upper level requirements, any of which can be taken as either 300 or 400 level courses. These courses will include any two upper level English courses focusing on the pre-1800 period; any two upper-level English courses focusing on the post-1800 period; and one upper level course in Canadian literature.

Sample Year Three

  • ENGL 309: Modern Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Methods
  • ENGL 383: Contemporary British Novel
  • ENGL 387 Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • ENGL 333A: Canadian Fiction
  • ENGL 344A: Topics in Medieval Studies: Household Romance
  • ENGL 357: Restoration Drama and Culture
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective

Sample Year Four

  • ENGL 445: The Victorian Novel
  • ENGL 430: Feminist Forerunners: Early Modern Women’s Literature and Contemporary Theory
  • ENGL 472B: African American Literature
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • ENGL 456B: Topics in Auto/Biography – GRAPHIC MEMOIR
  • ENGL 457: Posthumanism and Critical Animal Studies
  • BA Required Course
  • Elective
  • Elective

Years Three and Four – Honours

Students take at least 36 credits of upper level English courses that will fulfill seven upper level requirements, any of which can be taken as either 300 or 400 level courses. These courses will include these period and area requirements:  Medieval; Renaissance/Seventeenth Century; Restoration/Eighteenth Century; Nineteenth Century;  Twentieth/Twenty-First Century; Canadian; and Critical Theory. In addition, at the end of Year 3, Honours students choose an Honours English Supervisor and submit the Honours Thesis Proposal.

Sample Year Three

  • ENGL 309: Modern Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Methods
  • ENGL 383: Contemporary British Novel
  • ENGL 387 Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • ENGL 333A: Canadian Fiction
  • ENGL 344A: Topics in Medieval Studies: Household Romance
  • ENGL 357: Restoration Drama and Culture
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective

Sample Year Four

  • ENGL 499: Honours Essay (6 credits: Terms 1 and 2)
  • ENGL 445: The Victorian Novel
  • ENGL 430: Feminist Forerunners: Early Modern Women’s Literature and Contemporary Theory
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • ENGL 499:  Honours Essay (continued)
  • ENGL 456B: Topics in Auto/Biography – GRAPHIC MEMOIR
  • ENGL 457: Posthumanism and Critical Animal Studies
  • BA requirement OR Elective
  • BA requirement OR Elective

Note: The courses listed in each term are examples only, course offerings change every year. We recommend you meet with an advisor or program coordinator to decide which required, elective or BA requirement courses you take in each term as there are many choices available.

Academic Advisor

In FCCS, we have a dedicated advisor for the programs and degrees that we offer.

Christine Squire
Academic Advising, UNC 207D
250.807.9469 or 1.866.596.0767
christine.squire@ubc.ca

The Academic Advising office also has a number of knowledgeable and helpful staff to assist you with all of your questions about your degree.

English Program Coordinator

Marie Loughlin
Associate Professor, English
marie.loughlin@ubc.ca