English (BA Program)

Karin Beeler, Professor and Chair
Stan Beeler, Professor
Robert Budde, Professor
Dee Horne, Professor
Kevin Hutchings, Professor; Canada Research Chair in Literature, Culture, and Environmental Studies
Lisa Dickson, Associate Professor
Kristen Guest, Associate Professor
Maryna Romanets, Associate Professor
Blanca Schorcht, Associate Professor
Monica Mattfield, Assistant Professor
Deborah Keahey, Adjunct Professor
 
Website: http://www.unbc.ca/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.

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

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

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

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

Upper-Division Requirements
Two of:
ENGL 309-3Intermediate Studies in Film or Television
ENGL 320-3First Nations Literature
ENGL 331-3Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 340-3Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 350-3Comparative Literature
ENGL 381-3Renaissance Literature
ENGL 382-3Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 383-3Romantic Literature
ENGL 384-3Victorian Literature
ENGL 386-319th Century Literature in the United States
ENGL 410-3Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3Special Topics in First Nations Literature
ENGL 430-3Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3Special Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 450-3Special Topics in Comparative Literature
ENGL 483-3Special Topics in Romantic Literature
ENGL 484-3Special Topics in Victorian Literature
ENGL 485-3Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature in the United States
ENGL 491-3Special Topics in Renaissance Literature
PLUS

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

An additional 10 courses (30 credit hours) of English or approved ancillary courses (chosen to ensure fulfillment of upper-division requirement).

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.

WMST 304-3Contemporary Women's Writing in an International Frame
WMST 306-3Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 309-3Gender and Film
WMST 311-3History of Feminist Theories
WMST 401-3Cultural Studies: Gender, Race and Representation
WMST 411-3Contemporary 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/Environmental Studies

The English and Environmental 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
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Television Studies
An Introduction to Canadian Literature
Introduction to Romantic Literature
Introductory Ecology
The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
 Global Environmental Change: Science and Policy
Human Geographies of Global Change
Comparative Religion
     or FNST 303-3
First Nations Religion and Philosophy
CPSC 150-3 Computer Applications is recommended for students without computing experience.
One of: 
Introduction to Poetry 
Introduction to Fiction 
Expository Writing 
Introduction to Creative Writing 
One of:
Gender and Literary Theory 
Theory 
Contemporary Theory 
One of:
Survey of English Literature I
Survey of English Literature II
Introduction to Victorian Literature 
Modern British Literature 
One of:
Introduction to Natural Resources Management and Conservation 
Social Geography 
Introduction to Global Studies 

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 
     or ENGL 444-(2-6)
Internship 
Geographies of Environmental Justice
      or  GEOG 305-3
Political Ecology
Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour
        or   ORTM 408-3
The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism
Eight courses (24 credit hours) of English courses at the 300 or 400 level:
One of:
Intermediate Studies in Film or Television 
Genres in Canadian Literature
Romantic Literature 
Victorian Literature 
Two of:
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:
Contemporary Women's Writing in an International Frame 
Indigenous Women: Perspectives 
Gender and Film 
Cultural Studies: Gender, Race and Representation 
Contemporary Feminist Theories 
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).
 
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

Lower-Division Requirement

ENGL 211-3Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 212-3Survey of English Literature II
HIST 190-3World History to 1550
HIST 191-3World History since 1550

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

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

Two of:
ENGL 210-3Women and Literature: A Survey
ENGL 280-3Shakespeare
ENGL 281-3Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENGL 282-3Introduction to Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 283-3Introduction to Romantic Literature
ENGL 284-3Introduction to Victorian Literature
ENGL 285-3Modern British Literature
ENGL 381-3Renaissance Literature
ENGL 382-3Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 383-3Romantic Literature
ENGL 384-3Victorian Literature
ENGL 386-319th Century Literature in the United States

Three additional courses (9 credit hours) of History at the 100 or 200 level.

Upper-Division Requirement

Of the thirteen 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.

HIST 300-3Historiography: The Nature of the Historical Discipline

Two of:
ENGL 320-3First Nations Literature
ENGL 331-3Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 340-3Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 350-3Comparative Literature
ENGL 410-3Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3Advanced First Nations Literature
ENGL 430-3Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3Postcolonial Literature I
ENGL 450-3Special 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:

WMST 304-3Contemporary Women's Writing in and International Frame
WMST 309-3Gender and Film
WMST 306-3Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 311-3History of Feminist Theories
WMST 401-3Cultural Studies: Gender, Race and Representation
WMST 411-3Contemporary 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 the Social and Management Sciences
Basic Statistics 
ENGL 211-3Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 212-3Survey of English Literature II
POLS 100-3Contemporary Political Issues
POLS 200-3Canadian Government and Politics
POLS 202-3Canada in Comparative Perspective
POLS 270-3Political Philosophy: Antiquity to Early Modernity
POLS 290-3Research and Writing for Political Science

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

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

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

POLS 303-3Democracy and Democratization
POLS 370-3Political Philosophy: Early Modernity to Post-Modernity

Two of:
ENGL 320-3First Nations Literature
ENGL 331-3Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 340-3Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 350-3Comparative Literature
ENGL 381-3Renaissance Literature
ENGL 382-3Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 383-3Romantic Literature
ENGL 384-3Victorian Literature
ENGL 386-319th Century Literature in the United States
ENGL 410-3Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3Special Topics in First Nations Literature
ENGL 430-3Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3Special Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 450-3Special 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 306-3Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 309-3Gender and Film
WMST 311-3History of Feminism
WMST 401-3Cultural Studies: Gender, Race and Representation
WMST 411-3Contemporary 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.

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

One of:
Gender and Literary Theory
Women and Literature:  A Survey
One of:  
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

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

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

One of:
ENGL 320-3First Nations Literature
ENGL 331-3Genres in Canadian Literature
ENGL 350-3Comparative Literature
ENGL 410-3Contemporary Women's Literature
ENGL 420-3Advanced First Nations Literature
ENGL 430-3Special Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGL 440-3Postcolonial Literature I
ENGL 450-3Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Additional Requirements:

Two of:
ENGL 280-3Shakespeare
ENGL 281-3Introduction to Renaissance Literature
ENGL 282-3Introduction to Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 283-3Introduction to Romantic Literature
ENGL 284-3Introduction to Victorian Literature
ENGL 285-3Modern British Literature
ENGL 381-3Renaissance Literature
ENGL 382-3Restoration and 18th Century Literature
ENGL 383-3Romantic Literature
ENGL 384-3Victorian 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 
Contemporary Women's Writing in an International Frame
Indigenous Women:  Perspectives
Gender and Film
Introduction to the History of Gender
Cultural Studies:  Gender, Race, and Representation
Feminist Political Philosophy
Contemporary Feminist Theories
Topics in Aboriginal Women
Selected Topics 
ANTH 401-3Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality
ANTH 406-3Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
COMM 333-3Women in Organizations
ECON 301-3Women and the Economy
ENVS 309-3Women and Environmental Studies
Race, Class, Gender, Power 
HIST 309-3Women in Canada
HIST 453 (3-6)Topics in the History of Gender
HIST 454 (3-6)Topics in Women's History
INTS 308-3Gender and International Studies
Women and Health 
POLS 403-3Social and Health Policy and Administration
POLS 434-3Resource Communities in Transition
Women in the Human Services 
SOCW 449-3Gender 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:
ENGL 200-3Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3Theory
ENGL 400-3Contemporary Theory

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Program)
Joint degree in Fine Arts and Creative Writing
See calendar entry under Bachelor of Fine Arts.