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English Major, Bachelor of Arts

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,260

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Focus on the study and analysis of literature, both contemporary and classical. Sharpen your writing, composition, and public speaking abilities. With your passion for the written word, and curiosity of humanity’s vast literary expression, deepen your own understanding of the English language. An English major is among the most popular and well–established pathways through higher education.

  • Immerse yourself in the words of past poets or present-day thinkers. With every new page, imagine and reflect on lives different from your own, and challenge your assumptions from new and unexpected perspectives.
  • In a curriculum that spans time and traverses the globe, you will study literary conventions, genres, traditions, and the functions of literature in many forms, which could include Indigenous knowledge and ways.
  • Communicate in writing with clarity and precision in an articulate, coherent, and grammatically-correct style for an intended audience. Read texts closely to illustrate knowledge of stylistic features, themes, rhetorical elements, and to make informed critical comparisons of these elements within a variety of literary works.
  • Apply a variety of theoretical and critical approaches to literary analysis, and recognize the interdisciplinary connections between English literature and other academic fields. Compose and assess written works creatively and critically in a variety of forms. Interrogate the ways in which ethical assumptions are shaped, and analyze how ethical frameworks affect readings of texts.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses)

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023

Open admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

Admission to each major program may have specific requirements.

  • Recommended: Foundations of Mathematics 11 or higher is strongly recommended for students pursuing Education or a major in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology or Psychology
  • Students must normally declare their English major or minor before entering the third year of the BA program.

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • High school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing their BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Students who do not qualify for mature student status can apply for the TRU University
  • Preparation program to complete their BC High School Graduation Diploma.

Lower Level English Requirements (15.00 Credits)

  • Students majoring in English are required to complete 6 credits of 1000-level English courses, as specified, in addition to completing 9 credits of 2000-level English courses, as specified.

Note: ENGL 2120 is strongly recommended.

  • To fulfill the program requirements for the Major in English, students will complete 45 English credits. Of the 45 credits, students will complete 15 credits at the lower-level, comprising 6 credits of 1000-level courses and 9 credits of 2000-level courses. Students are required to choose 6 credits from the following 1000-level courses
  • Introduction to University Writing (3) or
  • Critical Reading and Writing (3) or
  • Introduction to Poetry (3) or
  • Introduction to Drama (3) or
  • Introduction To Drama & Poetry (3)

In addition to choosing 6 English credits at the 2000-level, students must complete 3 credits as follows:

  • ENGL2110-Literary Landmarks in English to 1700 (3)
  • At the 2000-level, English Majors are strongly advised to complete ENGL 2120. Only 3 credits of the following can be used towards fulfillment of the second-year requirements: ENGL 2010, 2020, 2060, 2070, or 2080. (6)

Upper Level English Requirements (30.00 Credits)

  • Students majoring in English will complete a minimum of 30 credits of English courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels, including the capstone course, ENGL 4760.


  • A maximum of 3 credits of Creative Writing is allowed.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of Service Learning may be applied to the Major in English.
  • A maximum of 3 credits can be applied from: PHIL3750 and JOUR4310.
  • Students who are considering going on to graduate school are advised to consult with an English
  • Advisor for guidance on the best selection of courses for acceptance into university graduate programs.

Degree/Graduation Requirements.

  • The major must be completed with a total of 45 credits in English as described in the curriculum information. Students completing this major must also meet the University's general education requirements, including the completion of the capstone course, ENGL 4760, which must be taken in the final 30 credits of study.
  • Tuition $448.65 
  • Fees $191.91 
  • Books and supplies Typically about $150 per course $150.00
  • Total (CDN) $790.71

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