English at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

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.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • Yes Honours Option

English involves the close study and analysis of complex texts. The program provides a historical overview of English literature, as well as an introduction to contemporary literature in Canada and around the world. You will gain an appreciation for the study of language and how it is one of the most powerful political and philosophical tools in an information age.

Experiential learning and research

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) hosts numerous events and happenings in the Okanagan community, including theatre, visiting authors, and the AlterKnowledge discussion series. You can also meet your peers, get involved with student life, and explore career options in the UBCO Critical Studies Club. Joining The Phoenix, the Okanagan campus’s student newspaper, is another worthwhile opportunity to meet fellow writers and hone your real-world English skills.

The English program coursework contains many opportunities for undergraduate research, including a directed studies course, where you will undertake supervised research in a clearly-defined area, leading to a major research paper. The FCCS offers $2,500 undergraduate research awards that provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creative activities over the summer months.

Campus features

UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre, which is located on a 3.5-hectare nature conservancy, and is a project of an agreement between the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. The centre comprises a large heritage home with three self-contained apartments used to host graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and visiting artists and scholars, plus a studio cabin for seminars, retreats, art projects, events, and meetings.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Program Requirements

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