Special concentrations

Cultural, social and political theory (CSPT)

The concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought is available to students in either the M.A. or Ph.D. programs. It gives students the opportunity to grapple with the big thinkers and big issues of our time, in a context that puts aside disciplinary boundaries, and encourages intellectual exploration and critique. It features a small cohort of committed students who want to take theory and its applications to the next level of sophistication and critique. Please note that the concentration is highly theoretical, and does not offer much in the way of case studies or concrete empirical studies.

M.A. students who do the CSPT concentration must complete the Thesis Option in English, including 4.5 units of English courses and 3.0 units of CSPT or equivalent courses; their thesis must also have a substantial theoretical component.

Ph.D. students who do the CSPT concentration must take at least 1.5 of their total six units in CSPT or equivalent courses; their dissertation must also have a substantial theoretical component.

Interested students should apply at the same time as they apply for entry into either the M.A. or Ph.D.; do not wait for admission before applying. Please visit the CSPT web site for more information.

Literatures of the West Coast

Literatures of the West Coast is a concentration within the Department’s M.A. program. Established in 2007, it is intended for students who wish to specialize in the study of the literature and culture of the Pacific regions of Canada and the United States. The program, the only one of its kind, focuses on Canadian literature, American literature, and Indigenous literatures, and it emphasizes comparative and interdisciplinary approaches. Students in the concentration explore the rich past and present of the West Coast in local, national, and global contexts. English 582, the Core Seminar in Literatures of the West Coast, introduces students to the field and the intellectual excitement that it provides.

Further information on Literatures of the West Coast.

Park - Literatures of the West Coast
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Medieval/Early modern studies

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The Concentration in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is designed for M.A. students who wish to make an intensive study of the literature and culture of the periods. We invite applications from students working on topics across the entire range of the field.

Further information on Medieval early modern studies.

Medieval manuscripts in Special Collections
Medieval manuscripts in UVic's Special Collections during Dr. Williams Boyarin's hands on class

Nineteenth-century studies

The Concentration in Nineteenth Century Studies (first offered in September 2013) is designed for M.A. students who wish to make an intensive study of Victorian, Romantic, and nineteenth century American and Canadian literatures and cultures. Students may declare the concentration at any time. Graduates receive an M.A. in English, with a concentration in Nineteenth Century Studies. The substance of the concentration will vary according to individual interests and annual course offerings.

For the course-only M.A., students must complete a minimum of 6.0 units of courses in the Nineteenth Century Studies area (such as ENGL 550 and 551). For the Master's Essay M.A., students must complete a minimum of 4.5 units of courses in the Nineteenth Century Studies area (such as ENGL 550 and 551), complete a Master's Essay on a topic in the nineteenth century area, and complete a final oral examination.

Further information on Nineteenth century studies.