Summer Semester:Our online courses are a mix of “real-time” and asynchronous sessions. Any courses that have "TBA" for the dates and times, are fully asynchronous. 

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

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 ATWP 135 (which also fulfills the AWR). And if you think you need review, consider ATWP 101.

The summer 2021 semester will have three sections of ENGL 146. 

First year courses at a glance

Course Number

Literature Course

Satisfies AWR Credits
ENGL 146 Yes Yes 1.5
ENGL 147 Yes Yes 1.5

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 (ATWP 135, ENGL 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.

Click on Titles below to see course outlines for 2020-21.

The Academic Calendar will have unit values and prerequisite information. The UVic Timetable will have the schedule, location, and CRNs once the schedule is published. Please note: course listings and assigned instructors are subject to change.

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, 467, and 468 are restricted to Honours students, or with permission of the department. English 490 and 499 are restricted to Honours students.
English 480 is restricted 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.

Click on Titles below to see course outlines for 2020-21.

Please note: course listings and assigned instructors are subject to change.

Fall 2021

Course Number Title Instructor
ENGL 301 Report Writing for Business R. Pickard
ENGL 302 Writing for Government & the Public Sector R. Pickard
ENGL 303 Copy Editing J. Shoichet
ENGL 310 Practical Criticism M.E. Leighton
ENGL 330 Literature & Culture II: Utopian Fiction S. Wong
ENGL 337 Medieval British Literature in Translation S. Boyarin
ENGL 344A Chaucer: Canterbury Tales A. Dow
ENGL 364 English Renaissance Drama J. Jenstad
ENGL 366B Shakespeare: Histories & Tragedies R. van Oort
ENGL 366C Shakespeare: Comedies, Problem Plays & Romances N. Wright
ENGL 374 Swift, Pope, and the Lit of the Augustan Age: 1701-1745 E. Miller
ENGL 375 Johnson, Blake & Later 18th Century E. Miller
ENGL 376A The Beginning of the English Novel: 1660-1750 G. Fulton
ENGL 382 Romantic Period I R. Miles
ENGL 387 Victorian Culture and Thought A. Chapman
ENGL 429B Mid-20th Century American Fiction  T. Personn
ENGL 435 Modernist Poetry L. Carson
ENGL 436A 20th Century British Fiction to WWII J. Hawkes
ENGL 450 Modern Canadian Fiction M. Dean
ENGL 452 Modern Canadian Poetry N. Bradley
ENGL 456 Literature of British Columbia N. Bradley
ENGL 460 Major Issues in Literary Criticism R. Miles
ENGL 464 The Bible & Literature in English C. Douglas
ENGL 481 Victorian Treasures in Special Collections: Adventures in rare books and digital tools A. Chapman

Spring 2022

Course Number Title Instructor
ENGL 303 Copy Editing J. Shoichet
ENGL 305 Visual Rhetoric for Professional Writers tbd
ENGL 310 Practical Criticism M.E. Leighton
ENGL 330 Literature & Culture II: Law and Literature N. Wright
ENGL 360 Special Studies in Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Screen E. Ellerbeck
ENGL 360 Shakespeare and the World of Slings & Arrows G. Kuchar
ENGL 366C Shakespeare: Comedies, Problem Plays & Romances S. Wong
ENGL 369 Milton's Major Poetry and Selected Prose G. Kuchar
ENGL 373 English Literature of the Restoration Period: 1660-1700 G. Fulton
ENGL 376B The English Novel: 1750 to the Early 19th Century E. Miller
ENGL 380 Victorian Fiction: Dickens to Eliot M.E. Leighton
ENGL 383 The Romantic Period II K. Blank
ENGL 386 Victorian Poetry A. Chapman
ENGL 391 Special Studies in Literary Genre: Adultery in the Modern Novel M. Nowlin
ENGL 392 Studies in a Major Figure: J.M Coetzee: Parables of Power in the (Post)Colony N. Shukin
ENGL 406 Special Studies in Professional Communication J. Jenstad
ENGL 412 Research for Professional Writers R. Pickard
ENGL 418 Print Media Genres & Techniques for Professional Communication R. Pickard
ENGL 429C Contemporary American Fiction C. Douglas
ENGL 431A Modern American Poetry I L. Carson
ENGL 433A Modern Irish Literature M. Kay
ENGL 439B World Literature Written in English: Self, Life, & Writing in Caribbean Literature N. Wright
ENGL 451 Contemporary Canadian Fiction L. Chalykoff
ENGL 453 Contemporary Canadian Poetry J. Dopp
ENGL 467 Seminar in Late 20th-Century Literary Criticism R. van Oort
ENGL 471 Modern Women's Fiction, British and Irish S. Rabillard
ENGL 476 Indigenous & Diasporic Literatures in Canada N. Shukin
ENGL 479 Victorian & Edwardian Children's Fiction L. Surridge

Summer 2021

Course Number Title Instructor
ENGL 366C Shakespeare: Comedies, Problem Plays & Romances K. McLean-Fiander
ENGL 436B 20th Century British Fiction After WWII J. Hawkes

The English Department's Professional Writing 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 Writing 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 (ATWP 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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