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Hone your skills

Studying English increases your ability to analyze texts and to write effectively, all while delving further into the literature you love.

Undergraduate studies
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A vibrant community of graduate students

Our programs let you explore different topics and build your own skill sets. Graduate student Alana Sayers’ research is focused on Indigenous literature and its importance.

Graduate studies
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Vibrant research

Our students and faculty participate in a number of fascinating research projects, like the Map of Early Modern London project: a digital, interactive version of the Civitas Londinum.

Our research
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Professional communication

UVic's unique Professional Communication program lets you develop highly employable skills while you complete your undergraduate degree.

Professional communication program
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Study what you're passionate about

Michael Carelse has been able to pursue his passion for late 19th-century fiction, while exploring many other literary periods, genres and movements.

Our courses

Read on. Write now.

Literature captures us and urges us to reflect on our relationship to the world, to our culture and to ourselves. In stories, poems and plays; in film, graphic novels and even video games, we represent who we are through imagination and language.

We offer a wide range of both traditional and innovative courses that tackle literature from a variety of perspectives. Let us feed your imagination and challenge your intellect.


This Year Only: Check out these special courses that will be offered in the 2019-20 academic year:

  • ENGL 230: Young Adult Fiction: The Magic of Books
  • ENGL 230: Sexting Through the Ages: 2500 Years of Erotic Writing
  • ENGL 261: Literature and the Crisis of Authority in the West
  • ENGL 330: One Hundred Years of Horror
  • ENGL 362: Digital Approaches to Early Modern Women's Writing
  • ENGL 372: The Eighteenth Century Now
  • ENGL 391: Literature of Survival: Narrating Trauma
  • ENGL 395: Science Fiction and Speculative Futures
  • ENGL 395: Artificial Intelligence and Everyday Life
  • ENGL 406: XML for Professional Communicators
  • ENGL 448: Re-thinking Atwood through The Handmaid's Tale
  • ENGL 480: Alcohol in/and Modernist Fiction
  • ENGL 481: Victorian Treasures in Special Collections: Adventures in Rare Books and Digital Tools

 For all other course offerings click here.

Find your edge in UVic’s Department of English

We acknowledge and respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.