Want a degree that will help you develop skills that are prized in the job market? Graduates of English Major programs leave university with some of the most employable skills in their tool kits, including critical thinking, research and analysis, teamwork and written communication skills.
Students in VIU’s Bachelor of Arts, English major or minor programs are exposed to a wide range of literary studies, traditions, approaches and theoretical issues with an emphasis on establishing a clear grasp of major concerns in culture and literature.
If you enjoy writing and studying literature, consider choosing an English major or English minor for your BA. VIU’s Bachelor of Arts in English program also offers an Honours option.
The study of literature is the study of culture itself: the stories and myths, values and ideals, struggles and conflicts that shape our understanding of ourselves as individuals and of our relationships in the world. Courses in the English Department are designed to increase students' literary, cultural, and critical awareness, and help them develop the skills necessary to express their ideas effectively both orally and in writing: in addition to literary studies, we offer courses in writing, rhetoric, and public speaking.
The department offers undergraduate course work at three levels: 100 (University Writing, Literature and Culture, and Literature and Criticism), 200 (University Writing II, Literature and Culture II, Literature and Criticism II, Literature and Traditions II, and Book Club), and 300 (Literature and Writing III, Literature and Culture III, Literature and Traditions III, and Word and Image).
Minimum six credits as follows:
Or both of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each:
Minimum twelve credits of 200-level English courses from the following categories:
Three credits selected from categories 1-5 listed below:
Years 3 and 4
Minimum thirty credits of English courses numbered 300 or above, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”), including:
Twelve credits from Literature and Traditions III, as follows: