English (BA Program)

Stan Beeler, Professor Emeritus

Karin Beeler, Professor and Chair
Robert Budde, Professor
Kristen Guest, Professor
Dee Horne, Professor
Kevin Hutchings, Professor
Maryna Romanets, Professor
Lisa Dickson, Associate Professor
Blanca Schorcht, Associate Professor
Monica Mattfield, Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor
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Website: http://www.mytalkbd.com/english

UNBC's English program includes course offerings in Canadian, British, American and International English literatures as well as world literature in English translation, and literary theory. Key areas include First Nations Literature, Canadian Literature, Comparative Literature, Women's Literature, Feminist Criticism and Theory, literature and media technology, and the relationship between literature and other disciplines. Creative writing and other kinds of writing courses are also available. The program encourages interdisciplinarity between literature, cultural studies, and science or technology. Computer literacy is a priority, as is the delivery of courses on the World Wide Web. The interdisciplinary perspective prepares students for a number of graduate or professional programs (e.g. English, Journalism, Creative Writing, Law, Education, Business) or employment in the public or private sectors.
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Major in English


The major in English requires students to take eighteen English courses (54 credit hours). At least ten courses (30 credit hours) must be upper-division (300 and 400 level) with at least 9 credit hours of these at the 400 level.? Students wishing to take more than 66 credit hours in English must obtain written permission from the Department Chair.

The minimum requirements for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Subject Requirement


The major in English requires students to take 18 courses (54 credit hours) of English or approved ancillary courses and must include:

Introductory
One of the following:
ENGL 100-3 Introduction to Literary Structures
ENGL 102-3 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 103-3 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 104-3 Introduction to Drama and/or Film

Foundational Surveys
Both of the following:
ENGL 211-3 Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 212-3 Survey of English Literature II

Theory
One of the following:
ENGL 200-3 Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3 Theory
ENGL 400-3 Contemporary Theory

Lower-Division Requirements
Two of the following:
ENGL 209-3 Introduction to Television Studies
ENGL 210-3 Women and Literature: A Survey
ENGL 231-3 An Introduction to Canadian Literature
ENGL 280-3 Shakespeare
ENGL 281-3 Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENGL?282-3 Introduction to Restoration and?18th?Century Literature
ENGL?283-3 Introduction to Romantic Literature
ENGL?284-3 Introduction to Victorian Literature
ENGL?285-3 Modern British Literature

Upper-Division Requirements
Two of the following:
ENGL 309-3 Intermediate Studies in Film or Television
ENGL 320-3 Indigenous Literature in Canada and the United States
ENGL 331-3 Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 340-3 Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 350-3 Comparative Literature
ENGL?381-3 Renaissance Literature
ENGL?382-3 Restoration and?18th?Century Literature
ENGL?383-3 Romantic Literature
ENGL?384-3 Victorian Literature
ENGL?386-3 19th?Century Literature in the United States
ENGL 410-3 Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3 Special Topics in Indigenous Literature
ENGL 430-3 Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3 Special Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 450-3 Special Topics in Comparative Literature
ENGL 483-3 Special Topics in Romantic Literature
ENGL 484-3 Special?Topics in Victorian Literature
ENGL 485-3 Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature in the United States
ENGL 491-3 Special Topics in Renaissance Literature
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Upper-Division Requirement
Seven upper-division ENGL courses (21 credit hours) at the 300 or 400 level
Three upper-division ENGL courses (9 credit hours) at the 400 level

Approved Ancillary Courses for a Major in English
A maximum of three ancillary courses (9 credit hours) may be counted towards the English major requirements, but none may be counted towards an English minor.
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WMST 306-3 Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 309-3 Gender and Film
WMST 311-3 History of Feminist Theories
WMST 411-3 Contemporary Feminist Theories

Students planning to continue on to a graduate degree in English should consult with English faculty and/or the receiving institution to assist them in determining which courses are most appropriate in fulfilling the additional 10 courses (30 credit hours) of English subject requirements.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).


Joint Major in English and Environmental and Sustainability Studies
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The English and Environmental and Sustainability Studies joint major equips students with communication skills and knowledge of environmental issues, regulations and policies. The joint major prepares students to have a positive influence on the environment through written and other forms of expression. This joint major is of particular interest to students who wish to pursue a career in environmental writing, creative non-fiction, science writing and/or journalism.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement
BIOL 110-3
Introductory Ecology
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Television Studies
Introduction to Romantic Literature
Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
?Global Environmental Change: Sustainability
ENVS 230-3 Introduction to Environmental Policy
FNST 100-3 The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Planet Earth
CPSC 150-3 Computer Applications?is recommended for students without computing experience.

Two of the following:?
ENGL 100-3 Introduction to Literary Structures
ENGL 120-3 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Literatures
ENGL 231-3 An Introduction to Canadian Literature
Expository Writing?
Introduction to Creative Writing?
One of the following:
Survey of English Literature I
Introduction to Victorian Literature?
One of the following:
Social Geography
Introduction to Global Studies?
NREM 101-3 Introduction to Natural Resources Management and Conservation

Upper-Division Requirement

The following nine courses (27 credit hours) of environmental courses at the 300 or 400 level:
Women and Environmental Studies?
???? or HIST 421-3
Topics in Environmental History?
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement?
An Introduction to Environmental History
First Nations' Approaches to Resources Management?
???? or FNST 304-3
First Nations Environmental Philosophy and Knowledge
Society, Policy and Administration?
Environmental and Professional Ethics?
Internship?
Internship?
Environmental Justice
????? or? GEOG 305-3
Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour
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The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism
Eight courses (24 credit hours) of English courses at the 300 or 400 level:

One of the following:
Intermediate Studies in Film or Television?
Genres in Canadian Literature
Romantic Literature?
Victorian Literature?
Two of the following:
Special Topics in Canadian Literature?
Northern BC Literature
Science Fiction?
Special Topics in Romantic Literature?
Literature of the Fantastic?
Cultural Studies?
Five additional English courses (15 credit hours) are required to ensure the fulfillment of the 24 credit hour upper-division requirement in English. Two courses may be chosen from the following list of English ancillary courses:
Indigenous Women: Perspectives?
Gender and Film?
Contemporary Feminist Theories
One of the following theory courses:
ENGL 200-3 Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3 Theory
ENGL 400-3 Contemporary Theory
Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
Elective credit hours are required as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Electives may be at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

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Joint Major in English/History

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in English and History is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

One of the following theory courses:

ENGL 200-3 Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3 Theory
ENGL 400-3 Contemporary Theory
AND

Lower-Division Requirement
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ENGL 211-3 Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 212-3 Survey of English Literature II
HIST 190-3 World History to 1550
HIST 191-3 World History since 1550
HIST 200-3 Historical Methodology: An Introduction to the Work of the Historian

One of the following:
ENGL 100-3 Introduction to Literary Structures
ENGL 102-3 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 103-3 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 104-3 Introduction to Drama and/or Film

Two of the following:
ENGL 210-3 Women and Literature: A Survey
ENGL 280-3 Shakespeare
ENGL 281-3 Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENGL 282-3 Introduction to Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 283-3 Introduction to Romantic Literature
ENGL 284-3 Introduction to Victorian Literature
ENGL 285-3 Modern British Literature

Two additional courses (6 credit hours) of History at the 100 or 200 level.

Upper-Division Requirement

Of the 13 English courses (39 credit hours) required for this degree, at least seven courses (21 credit hours) must be at the 300 and 400 level, with at least two of those seven courses (6 of those 21 credit hours) at the 400 level.
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HIST 300-3 Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline

Two of the following:
ENGL 320-3 Indigenous Literature in Canada and the United States
ENGL 331-3 Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 340-3 Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 350-3 Comparative Literature
ENGL 381-3 Renaissance Literature
ENGL 382-3 Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 383-3 Romantic Literature
ENGL 384-3 Victorian Literature
ENGL 386-3 19th Century Literature in the United States
ENGL 410-3 Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3 Special Topics in?Indigenous Literature
ENGL 430-3 Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3 Postcolonial Literature I
ENGL 450-3 Special Topics in Comparative Literature

Six courses (18 credit hours) in History at the 300 or 400 level.

Five additional English courses (15 credit hours) ensuring fulfillment of the upper-division requirement. Two courses may be chosen from the following list of English ancillary courses:
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WMST 309-3 Gender and Film
WMST 306-3 Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 311-3 History of Feminist Theories
WMST 411-3 Contemporary Feminist Theories

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).


Joint Major in English/Political Science


The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in English and Political Science is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement
??? or STAT 240-3
Statistics for Business and the Social Sciences
Basic Statistics?
ENGL 211-3 Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 212-3 Survey of English Literature II
POLS 100-3 Contemporary Political Issues
POLS 200-3 Canadian Government and Politics
POLS 202-3 Canada in Comparative Perspective
POLS 230-3 International Relations
POLS 270-3 Political Philosophy:?Antiquity to Early Modernity

One of the following:
ENGL 100-3 Introduction to Literary Structures
ENGL 102-3 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 103-3 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 104-3 Introduction to Film

Two of the following:
ENGL 210-3 Women and Literature: A Survey
ENGL 280-3 Shakespeare
ENGL 281-3 Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENGL 282-3 Introduction to Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 283-3 Introduction to Romantic Literature
ENGL 284-3 Introduction to Victorian Literature
ENGL 285-3 Modern British Literature
Upper-Division Requirement

Of the 13 English courses (39 credit hours) required for this joint major, seven courses (21 credit hours) must be at the 300 and/or 400 level, with at least two of those seven courses (6 of those 21 credit hours) at the 400 level.
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POLS 303-3 Democracy and Democratization
POLS 370-3 Political Philosophy:?Early Modernity to Post-Modernity

Two of the following:
ENGL 320-3 Indigenous Literature in Canada and the United States
ENGL 331-3 Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 340-3 Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 350-3 Comparative Literature
ENGL?381-3 Renaissance Literature
ENGL?382-3 Restoration and?18th?Century Literature
ENGL?383-3 Romantic Literature
ENGL?384-3 Victorian Literature
ENGL?386-3 19th?Century Literature in the United States
ENGL 410-3 Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3 Special Topics in Indigenous Literature
ENGL 430-3 Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3 Special Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 450-3 Special Topics in Comparative Literature

Five additional English courses (15 credit hours). Up to two of the following ancillary courses (up to 6 credit hours) may be counted among those five additional courses:
WMST 306-3 Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 309-3 Gender and Film
WMST 311-3 History of Feminism
WMST 411-3 Contemporary Feminist Theories
Three additional courses (9 credit hours) of Political Science at the 400 level.
Two additional courses (6 credit hours) of Political Science at the upper division.

One of the following theory courses:
ENGL 200-3 Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3 Theory
ENGL 400-3 Contemporary Theory
Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).


Joint Major in English/Women's Studies


The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in English and Women's Studies is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement
WMST 100-3 Introduction to Women's Studies
ENGL 211-3 Survey of English Literature, I
ENGL 212-3 Survey of English Literature, II

One of the following:
Gender and Literary Theory
Women and Literature:? A Survey

One of the following:??
Introduction to Literary Structures?
?Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Fiction?
ENGL 104-3
Introduction to Drama and/or Film?

6 credit hours of Women's Studies at the 100 or 200 level.?

Upper-Division Requirement
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WMST 302-3 Women and the Contemporary World
Qualitative Research Methods?
HIST 311-3 History of Feminism
?????or WMST 311-3 History of Feminism
ENGL 410-3 Contemporary Women's Literature
?????or WMST 420-3 Contemporary Women's Literature

One of the following:
ENGL 300-3 Theory
ENGL 400-3 Contemporary Theory

One of the following:
ENGL 320-3 Indigenous Literature in Canada and the United States
ENGL 331-3 Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 350-3 Comparative Literature
ENGL 410-3 Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3 Special Topics in?Indigenous Literature
ENGL 430-3 Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3 Postcolonial Literature I
ENGL 450-3 Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Additional Requirements:

Two of the following:
ENGL 280-3 Shakespeare
ENGL 281-3 Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENGL 282-3 Introduction to Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 283-3 Introduction to Romantic Literature
ENGL 284-3 Introduction to Victorian Literature
ENGL 285-3 Modern British Literature
ENGL 381-3 Renaissance Literature
ENGL 382-3 Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 383-3 Romantic Literature
ENGL 384-3 Victorian Literature

9 credit hours of English courses at the 300 or 400 level.

At least 15 credit hours selected from the following:
Lesbian and Bisexual Lives?
Indigenous Women:? Perspectives
Gender and Film
Introduction to the History of Gender
Contemporary Feminist Theories
Topics in Aboriginal Women
Selected Topics?
ANTH 401-3 Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality
ANTH 406-3 Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
ECON 301-3 Women and the Economy
ENVS 309-3 Women and Environmental Studies
Race, Class, Gender, Power?
HIST 309-3 Women in Canada
HIST 453 (3-6) Topics in the History of Gender
HIST 454 (3-6) Topics in Women's History
INTS 308-3 Gender and International Studies
Women and Health?
POLS 403-3 Social and Health Policy and Administration
POLS 434-3 Resource Communities in Transition
Women in the Human Services?
SOCW 449-3 Gender and Sexuality

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).


Minor in English


The minor in English requires that students take at least six English courses (18 credit hours), at least four (12 credit hours) of which must be upper-division. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in English. The minor must include:

One of the following:
ENGL 200-3 Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3 Theory
ENGL 400-3 Contemporary Theory

Five English courses selected to ensure a minimum of four courses are completed at the 300 or 400 level.

Updated: July 3, 2020