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.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Why this program?

  • Explore literature and how it imparts meaning in multiple contexts and eras, including the contemporary world.
  • Choose from 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.
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

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. 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.

Courses range in focus from composition to Renaissance literature; from 17th, 18th, and 19th century studies to contemporary American and Canadian writing; and from Indigenous and postcolonial literatures to studies in the emerging field of digital humanities. You can complete a Bachelor of Arts in English with a major, combined major, honours, or a general studies BA with a concentration in English.

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?

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

French language courses are designed to improve skills in reading, composition and oral communication, and to foster critical analysis of cultural material and intercultural understanding. Our literature courses cover francophone literatures across historical periods and from a range of geographical regions.

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Your future

A degree in English sets you up for a wide range of career paths, including linguist, editor, court reporter, fundraising specialist, and much more.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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