The Department of English Language and Literatures offers a broad and balanced curriculum featuring historical, national, and transnational literatures, cultural studies, genre studies, theory, media, rhetoric, and English linguistics.

Application Deadline Extended

Owing to the late end of term this year, the Department has extended the deadline to May 8th for applications to our Undergraduate Honours program. We welcome applications to both second- and third-year.

*If students intend to apply, but don't have a complete package of materials ready by May 8th, please let us know of your intention to apply at

Our courses are available to all UBC students. Our undergraduate courses and programs in English literature, English language, or a combination of English language and literature will complement any degree program across campus, from anthropology to zoology.

The skills you gain from an English degree will make a wide range of careers available to you. Our graduates work in media, communications, and the arts; have been accepted into professional programs such as law, education, business, medicine, or journalism; and have joined MA and PhD programs in English, linguistics, and many interdisciplinary fields. Co-op options for our English majors and honours are specially designed to prepare you for the job market.

English Courses

English Courses

English Language Programs

Build life-long skills in critical and analytical thinking, linguistic awareness and communications that will be essential for you to succeed in any career path.
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English Literature Programs

Custom-tailor a program that reflects your interests, and explore pieces of literature from the English-speaking world in a wide range of genres.
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English Language and Literature Programs

Cover a variety of topics, from genres of literature to the approaches to language in a multimodal program that combines textual and close linguistic analysis with cultural studies and historical research.
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Teacher Education Preparation - Minor

Flexible by design, the Teacher Education Program (TEP) is open to students in all Faculties and can be completed partially or fully online.
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A couple of summers ago, I worked as a research assistant with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta, which is not exactly where I expected to end up as an English student. I found that English prepared me more for that job than a science background would have. The tasks I had, relied on being able to read and write well, rather than on knowing biology or medical terms.

Helena Almeida
Honours English and Psychology