Courses

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.

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 2022-23.

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 2022-23.

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

Fall 2022

Course Number Title Instructor
ENGL 301 Report Writing for Business R. Pickard
ENGL 303 Copy Editing R. Halliday
ENGL 305 Visual Rhetoric for Professional Writers R. Halliday
ENGL 310 Practical Criticism N. Bradley
ENGL 330 A01 Literature & Culture II: One Hundred Years of Horror S. Wong
ENGL 330 A02 Literature & Culture II: Graphic Women  S. Rabillard
ENGL 330 A03 Literature &Culture II: Revenge and Reconciliation K. Dase
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 372 "Life's a Jest": Wit and Humour in the 18th-Century E. Miller
ENGL 382 Romantic Period I K. Blank
ENGL 392 A01 James Joyce's Ulysses S. Ross
ENGL 392 A02 Myth, Magic and the Heroic Life: Spenser's The Faerie Queen G. Kuchar
ENGL 406 XML for Professional Communicators J. Jenstad
ENGL 414A American Film to 1945 L. Shlensky
ENGL 425 Special Studies in the Literature of the U.S: Just Revenge C. Bancroft
ENGL 427 19th-Century American Prose and Poetry L. Carson
ENGL 429B Mid-20th Century American Fiction  C. Douglas
ENGL 433A Modern Irish Literature M. Kay
ENGL 434A British Poetry 1914-1950 M. Kay
ENGL 436A 20th Century British Fiction to WWII J. Hawkes
ENGL 437A Modern Drama to World War II S. Rabillard
ENGL 439B Australian Literature and Film N. Wright
ENGL 451 Contemporary Canadian Fiction J. Dopp
ENGL 452 Modern Canadian Poetry N. Bradley
ENGL 460 Major Issues in Literary Criticism S. Wong
ENGL 478 Climate Change and the End of the Human  R. Pickard
ENGL 479 Victorian and Edwardian Children's Fiction L. Surridge
ENGL 481 Medieval Books in UVic Special Collections A. Williams Boyarin

Spring 2023

Course Number Title Instructor
ENGL 302 Writing for Government and the Public Sector R. Pickard
ENGL 303 Copy Editing R. Halliday
ENGL 306 Technical Communication R. Halliday
ENGL 310 Practical Criticism N. Bradley
ENGL 330 A01 Literature & Culture II: Law and Literature N. Wright
ENGL 330 A02 Literature and Culture II: Friendship and Rivalry K. Dase
ENGL 341 Old English Literature J. Grossi
ENGL 344B Chaucer: Trolius and Minor Works A. Mitchell
ENGL 353 An Anthology of Middle English Verse A. Mitchell
ENGL 360 Special Studies in Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Film E. Ellerbeck
ENGL 366B Shakespeare: History and Tragedies R. van Oort
ENGL 366C Shakespeare: Comedies, Problem Plays & Romances E. Ellerbeck
ENGL 369 Milton's Major Poetry and Selected Prose G. Kuchar
ENGL 375 Johnson, Blake and the Later 18th Century E. Miller
ENGL 376B The English Novel: 1750 to the Early 19th Century E. Miller
ENGL 380 Victorian Fiction: Dickens to Eliot
ENGL 383 The Romantic Period II K. Blank
ENGL 386 Victorian Poetry A. Chapman
ENGL 391 Games and Interactive Fiction J. Sayers
ENGL 392 A01 Studies in a Major Figure: Dante's Divine Comedy J. Grossi
ENGL 395 Science Fiction and Speculative Futures N. Shukin
ENGL 407 Digital Communications and Social Media R. Halliday
ENGL 413 Never Again: Film and Literature of Holocaust and Genocide L. Shlensky
ENGL 414B American Film since 1945 L. Shlensky
ENGL 429C Contemporary American Fiction C. Douglas
ENGL 431A Modern American Poetry I L. Carson
ENGL 439B Postcolonial Fiction in an Era of Truth and Reconciliation  N. Shukin
ENGL 450 Modern Canadian Fiction  M. Dean
ENGL 453 Contemporary Canadian Poetry J. Dopp
ENGL 456 Literature of British Columbia N. Bradley
ENGL 464 The Bible and Literature in English S. Boyarin
ENGL 471 Women and Literature: Modern Women's Fiction M. Kay
ENGL 481 Early Printed Books in the (Digital) Archives J. Jenstad

Summer 2022

Course Number Title Instructor
ENGL 366C Shakespeare: Comedies, Problem Plays & Romances K. McLean-Fiander
ENGL 381 Late Victorian and Edwardian Fiction 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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