For Students in the Faculty of Arts

If you are considering the possibility of taking an English Major, English Minor or English Honours at UBC, you will need to complete

three credits of first-year writing
AND
three credits of first-year English literature

Students in the Faculty of Arts may choose to fulfill the Arts Writing Requirement with ONE of

ENGL 100 (Reading and Writing about Literature)
ASTU 150/ WRDS 150 (Arts Studies in Writing)
Arts One Program
Coordinated Arts Program (CAP)

For students considering pursuing a Major, Minor or Honours degree in English at UBC, we recommend English 100, though, of course, students who take WRDS 150, the Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) or Arts One are also eligible and welcome to apply for an English Major, Minor, or Honours program.

If you intend to enter the Majors, Minors or Honours Program in English, you must complete one of English 110, 111 or 120 (see note) in addition to the three credits of writing in order to be eligible for studies in Second-Year English.

NOTE: If you successfully complete Arts One or the Coordinated Arts Program*, you will have completed the six-credits of First Year English studies necessary to take 200-level English.

*Students who complete a CAP stream that gives credit for ASTU 100B (3cr) will need to complete three additional First-Year English credits in order to qualify for Second-Year English courses.

 ENGL 112 (Strategies for University Writing) is open only to students OUTSIDE the Faculty of Arts. Arts students are blocked from registering in ENGL 112.
All students who intend to take a First-Year English course must meet the First-Year English Course Entry Requirement.
  • For detailed information on this year's sections of English 100 click here.
  • For information on first-year English Literature courses click here.
  • For general information on Faculty of Arts graduation requirements, including the Writing and Research Requirement and the Literature Requirement click here.
Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts prior to 2010 should contact Arts Academic Advising to confirm their degree requirements.

For the literature requirement, students in the Faculty of Arts are required to complete 6 credits of literature.

The Department of English offers a wide range of courses that can be used to meet the Arts Literature Requirement at the 100, 200, 300 and 400 levels.

Students begin with one first-year literature course. You can use only one first-year English literature course toward your Literature Requirement. You can choose from:

English 110 - Approaches to Literature
English 111 - Approaches to Non-Fictional Prose
English 120 - Literature and Criticism (enriched course with additional entry requirements)
English 121 - Introduction to Literary Theory (enriched course with additional entry requirements)

All students who intend to take a First-Year English course must meet the First-Year English Course Entry Requirement.

Once you have taken 6 credits of first-year English (ASTU 150/ WRDS 150 or ASTU 100B count as 3 credits) or Arts One or ASTU 100A in CAP, you are eligible for any of our 200-level literature courses, which range from modern Canadian, American and World literatures to historical literary surveys and courses in fiction or poetry or drama.

Click here to see the list of current topics and courses at the 200 level.

Any 200-level English course will count toward your Arts Literature Requirement, except ENGL 229 (Language and Rhetoric).

If you need advising on choosing a 100-level literature course or to ask a question about eligibility, contact first-year.english@ubc.ca

If you need advising on choosing a 200-level literature course or to ask a question about eligibility, contact English.undergraduate@ubc.ca

We look forward to seeing you in English classes this year!

The Department of English has a wide array of courses--many taught by award-winning teachers--and there is something to interest almost everyone.

Recent course topics include

  • Some U.S. literature and a few environments (1830s - 1930s) - ENGL 223
  • Teen Angst and Genre: YA Novels and Alternate Worlds - ENGL 227
  • #Media and Technology: From Starbucks to Hyperlinks - ENGL 228
  • Cyber/Cyborg Identities in Literature - ENGL 228
  • Rhetoric of Science, Technology and Medicine - ENGL 309
  • The King Arthur of the Britons - ENGL 344
  • Race, Ethnicity, and the British Empire in 18th-Century Literature - ENGL 358
  • Money and the Novel - ENGL 406
  • The Modernist Novel and Female Sexuality - ENGL 466
  • Apocalypse and African - American Writers - ENGL 472
  • The Utopian Impulse Across Contemporary Literary Genres - ENGL 474

Click here to see our current course offerings.

To take 200-level literature electives in the Department of English, you must have completed 6.0 credits of first-year English (ASTU 150/ WRDS 150 or ASTU 100B counts as 3 credits), or Arts One or ASTU 100A in CAP (the Coordinated Arts Program).

If you have completed 6.0 credits of first-year English and wish to take a second-year course but still have first-year standing, please contact English.Undergraduate@ubc.ca.

To take 300- and 400-level literature electives in the Department of English, you must have completed 6.0 credits of first-year English (ASTU 150/ WRDS 150 or ASTU 100B counts as 3 credits), or Arts One or ASTU 100A in CAP (the Coordinated Arts Program) and have third-year standing or special permission.

Questions? Contact Donna Shanley at English.undergraduate@ubc.ca.