English (BA)

VIU International, Canada
English (BA)
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 2,417,943
Course Accredited By NA
4 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

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).

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024
  • January 2025

Entry Requirements

  • Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements,

Year 1

Minimum six credits as follows:

  • Any two of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each
  • University Writing and Research
  • Literature and Culture
  • Literature and Criticism

Or both of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each:

  • Ways of Knowing I
  • Ways of Knowing II

Year 2

Minimum twelve credits of 200-level English courses from the following categories:

  • Three credits from Literature and Culture II
  • Three credits from Literature and Criticism II
  • Three credits from Literature and Traditions II

Three credits selected from categories 1-5 listed below:

  • University Writing II
  • Literature and Culture II
  • Literature and Criticism II
  • Literature and Traditions II
  • Book Club

Years 3 and 4

Minimum thirty credits of English courses numbered 300 or above, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”), including:

  • three credits from Literature and Culture III
  • Topics in Environmental Literature
  • Topics in Globalization and Literature
  • Topics in World Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • Topics in Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • opics in Speculative Narrative
  • Topics in West Coast Literature
  • Topics in Indigenous Literatures
  • Topics in Post-Colonial Literatures
  • Topics in Canadian Literature
  • Survey of Canadian Literature
  • Three credits from Literature and Criticism III
  • Topics in Rhetoric
  • History of Critical Theory
  • Modern Critical Theory
  • Research Methods

Twelve credits from Literature and Traditions III, as follows:

  • Three credits from pre-1700
  • Backgrounds to English Literature
  • Topics in Medieval Literature
  • Topics in Renaissance Literature
  • Topics in Shakespeare
  • Topics in 17th-Century Literature
  • Three credits from 1700-1900
  • Topics in 18th-Century Literature
  • Topics in 19th-Century Literature
  • six credits from any courses in Literature and Traditions III

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