For Students in the Faculty of Arts

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

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

The Department of English Language and Literatures offers three Majors stream options: Literature, Language, and combined Language and Literature.

The Literature Emphasis allows you to custom-tailor a program that, to a large extent, reflects your own interests and which explores literatures from the English-speaking world in a wide range of genres.

The Language Emphasis gives you a broad sense of the range and applicability of language study. It offers you the flexibility of taking a range of our Language courses or focusing on History of English, Structure of English, Rhetoric, Approaches to Contemporary English or Discourse and Meaning, as desired.

The combined Language and Literature Emphasis is an excellent option for students looking for a multimodal degree combining close linguistic analysis with cultural and historical interpretation. If you are planning a career in education or media, you may find this stream especially appealing, but this stream is available to anyone with interests in the major sub-disciplines within English Studies.

Taught by world-renowned, prize-winning scholars, in small classes, our English courses cover an amazing variety of topics, from Old English to Canadian English, from medieval ecology to indigenous science fiction, from the history of dictionaries to the influence of texting, from Shakespeare in film to transsexuality in television; from ancient rhetorical theory to cognitive approaches to language today. It is recommended that students interested in either the Language or combined Language and Literature streams take ENGL 140 as part of their 100-level course requirements.

For students considering pursuing a MajorMinor 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 MajorsMinors or Honours Program in English, you must complete either English 110 or 111 in addition to the three credits of writing.

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 101/ASTU 100B (3cr) will need to complete three additional First-Year English credits in order to qualify for Second-Year English courses.

  • For detailed information on this year's sections of English 100 or 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.


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

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

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

Year 1 standing students: Once you have taken 6 credits of first-year English (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.

Year 2 standing students: You are eligible to register for 200-level English courses with 3 credits of 100-level English or one of WRDS 150 or 350, ASTU 100 or 101, or ARTS 001.

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

If you need advising on choosing a 200-level literature course or to ask a question about eligibility, contact

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