Courses

Undergraduate

The most recent course timetable is available on the web on the UVic timetable.

If you would like to see detailed descriptions of the courses please use our course finder to locate the courses you are interested. These descriptions are written by the instructors and may also include possible textbooks.

The course that's right for you depends on  your academic goals and needs. If you're interested in studying literature, you will want to look at ENGL 146 and ENGL 147, both of which fulfill the Academic Writing Requirement (AWR). If you're interested in writing and reading for academic purposes without a literature focus, you should look at ENGL 135 (which also fulfills the AWR). And if you think you need review, consider ENGL 101.

If your program requires 3.0 credits of English, you would normally take any two of the courses that fulfill the Academic Writing Requirement; please check with your own department as to its specific program requirements.

If you are unsure which course you may need, you can start by taking the University's voluntary self-placement questionaire for first-year writing classes.

First-year courses at a glance

Course number Writing course Literature course Satisfies the AWR Credits
ENGL 101 Yes 1.5
ENGL 135 Yes Yes 1.5
ENGL 146 Yes Yes 1.5
ENGL 147 Yes Yes 1.5

See our instructors and students talk about ENGL 101, 135, 146 and 147 in our first-year course videos.

Most second-year courses are survey courses that introduce you to major fields within English literary studies: British, American, or Canadian literature; modernism; women’s literature; cultural studies and literary criticism. Apart from their intrinsic interest, they are designed to prepare students for more specific upper-level courses in these fields.

Students can take these courses in their first year, but are strongly encouraged to take an AWR course (135, 146, 147) either before or in conjunction with their first 200-level course. Students interested in the Honours program should note that the program requires 3 units from the British literature series 200A, 200B or 200C.

English 250 and 260 are general-interest courses that cannot be used toward the English Major, Minor or Honours degrees.

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The best preparation for upper-level English courses (300 and 400 level) is either 3 units of 200-level English in addition to English 146 and 147, or 4.5 units of 200-level English and one of 146 or 147.


300 and 400 courses are at the same level. 300-level courses are mainly in British literature before the 20th century. 400-level courses cover American, Canadian and post-colonial literatures in English, as well as British literature after 1900. There are also 400-level courses in film, literary criticism and theory, and cultural studies.


English 310, 460, and 461 are restricted to Honours students, and English 480 to declared Majors or Honours students.
English 393 and 395 are general interest courses that cannot be used toward the English Major, Minor or Honours degrees.

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The Digital Humanities -- and, more specifically, its incarnations in digital literary and textual studies -- are well-represented at UVic across a curriculum that incorporates computing at both undergraduate and graduate leves, across research of international significance involving graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and across a range of activites that engage the local, national, and international community (including the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute, plus a few recent conferences: INKE 2009, TEI 2006 and ACH/ALLC 2005).

Why DH? Read about it in Matt Kirschenbaum's What is Digital Humanities and What's it Doing in the English Departments? as well as teh Companions to Digital Humanities and Digital Literary Studies -- plus the Day of DH, which documents typical days in teh life of those who practice DH.

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Professional Communication

The English Department's Professional Communication program will teach you the skills you'll need to succeed as a writer. You'll be ready to enter the high-technology workplace of science, business, industry, government, and the professions, using new media to solve the problems of professional communication.

If you've declared a major or an honours degree in any of the disciplines UVic offers, you're eligible to also declare a minor in the English Department's Professional Writing program. You'll combine your knowledge of your discipline with the ability to communicate it to other professionals and to general readers.

If you have not declared a minor in the English Department's Professional Communication program, you are still eligible to take our courses if you have the prerequisites. Just register for our courses in the normal way; we welcome students from all faculties and programs across the university.

Note: UVic's Writing Department offers a separate professional writing minor in journalism, editing, and publishing; courses offered in the Writing Department do not normally count towards the English minor.

Prerequisites: Two of ENGL 125, 135, 145, 146, 147, 181, 215, 225, ECON 225, ENGR 240, WRIT 204, 215 with a minimum grade of B in each course, or permission of the department.

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Graduate

We offer a wide variety of graduate seminars each year covering a broad range of historical periods, topics, and methodological approaches. Area courses offer students the opportunity to develop a broader and deeper understanding of specific historical periods, while Special Topics courses offer more specialized study.

2016-2017 Winter Schedule

2016-2017 Winter Courses

2016 Summer Graduate Seminars

Graduate seminars – current and upcoming

Discover a vast range of cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) — UVic's longest-established interdisciplinary graduate program.
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