The Department of English

Medieval manuscript

Exciting courses this fall term

Medieval books in the UVic library's Special Collections.

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Our graduate program

Kevin Tunnicliffe

Receiving the 2014 Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award.

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Our undergraduate program

Meet our awesome undergraduate students.

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Map of Early Modern London

Map of Early Modern London

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Meet our amazing alumni

Baba Brinkman, English gradutate and star rapper.

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From classrooms to real life

From Canucks to Polar Bears: The life and times of Humanities' Alumnus of the Year, Lucas Ackroyd.

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English at UVic

"Humans are storytelling animals."

Through stories, we work to create and come to recognize ourselves in relation to the wider world. What do stories, poems, and other written and visual forms tell us, in turn, about identity, society, and history? An English degree will help you to pose such questions thoughtfully while fostering your love of reading.

If you are already an adventurous reader, our courses will open up new vistas for you: you can enter realms of the medieval imagination, travel the world of global literatures, or delve into the literature of our own West Coast. You will be challenged by the beauty and craft of works by masterful writers and by the insights of your instructors and fellow students.

An English degree will also build your ability to write well and to analyse texts effectively. Our courses prepare you to function effectively in everyday literate contexts — beyond the university, wherever clear, effective communication is valued.

English undergraduate programs

English graduate programs             

Check out our first-year English courses.