First-year English

Which first-year English course is right for you?

Students in most degree programs at UBC Okanagan are required to take between three and six credits of first-year English.

To meet this requirement, the Department of English and Cultural Studies offers an exciting range of first-year English courses in writing and literature.

These courses provide important critical thinking and communication/research skills you will use throughout your university degree, whether you are planning to major in English or are meeting a requirement for another program.

What is my program’s requirement?

Bachelor of Applied Sciences

Must take APSC 176 and APSC 201 (or equivalent)

Bachelor of Arts

Six credits of first-year ENGL

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Visual Arts)

Six credits of first-year ENGL

Bachelor of Human Kinetics

Three credits of first-year ENGL

Bachelor of Management

ENGL 112 or ENGL 114; or ENGL six credits of any level

Bachelor of Media Studies

Three credits of first-year ENGL

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

One (three credits) of ENGL 112 or 114, 113, 150, 151, 153

Bachelor of Science

Six credits of first-year ENGL

How should I select my English course?

Consider your writing background and interests to help identify the course(s) best suited for you. Choose from the following options:

Note: not all courses are offered every semester. If you do not see a course listed in the registration offerings, please choose an alternative.

ENGL 109: Studies in Composition for English Language Learners (six credits)

This course is open* to those students who have been directed to enrol in English 109 by the Admissions Office.

This is a full-year course running from September to April. English 109 is designed for both international and domestic students who need to strengthen their English-language university-level communication skills in order to succeed in post-secondary studies. The course is particularly suited for English as an Additional Language students who would like to strengthen their skills in these areas: rhetoric, critical analysis, grammar, documentation, and research-based writing in English.

*how to register in ENGL 109

Students cannot register directly in ENGL 109. You must first register in a waiting list to await approval. Once approved, you will be registered in the corresponding lecture section.

ENGL 112: Studies in Composition (three credits)

This course is open to all UBCO students who have not taken ENGL 109 or 114. English 112 is designed for students who are fluent in English (whether native speakers or multilingual) who wish to improve their writing and research skills to ensure success in post-secondary studies. In this course, we take a practice-based approach to writing at the university level, and we emphasize the processes involved in research-based writing.

ENGL 114: Studies in Composition: Aboriginal Perspectives (three credits)

This course is open to students recommended by Aboriginal Programs & Services who have not taken English 109 or 112. We take a practice-based approach to writing at the university level in relation to aboriginal perspectives. English 114 is designed for students who wish to improve their writing and research skills to ensure success in post-secondary studies. To support this goal, we emphasize the processes involved in research-based writing.

ENGL 150: Introduction to Literary Genre (three credits)

This course is open to all UBCO students. It is highly recommended for students wishing to major in arts and humanities subjects like English or History, but students in other degree programs will find the focus on literature of all kinds—poetry, fiction, drama—to be engaging. Students in English 150 will develop important critical thinking and analytical skills because of our focus on the interpretation of texts. We also devote a substantial portion of class time (at least 35%) to practice-based instruction in essay writing and research.

ENGL 151: Critical Studies in Literature (three credits)

This course is open to all UBCO students. It is highly recommended for students wishing to major in arts and humanities subjects like English or History, but students in other degree programs will find the focus on critical analysis and critical thinking to be beneficial for study at the university level. We examine the various ways that literary critics and readers of all sorts engage with literature. We test a range of distinct critical approaches (such as feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytical ways of reading), and in doing so, develop important intellectual skills. We also devote a substantial portion of class time (at least 35%) to practice-based instruction in essay writing and research.

ENGL 153: Readings in Narrative (three credits)

This course is open to all UBCO students. It is recommended for students who are intrigued by the study of narrative forms such as life-writing, films, histories, myths, narrative poems, novels, short stories, and songs. Like our other ENGL 15X series of courses, students in English 153 will develop important critical thinking and analytical skills, and will gain experience in research-based writing.

ENGL 154: Indigenous Narrative (three credits)

This course on Indigenous narrative forms is open to all UBCO students. It is highly recommended for students wishing to major in arts and humanities subjects like English or History, but students in other degree programs will find the focus on critical analysis and critical thinking to be beneficial for study at the university level. We will introduce a range of Indigenous writing, including textual and oral forms of storytelling such as those found in anecdotes, autobiography, biography, diaries, life-writing, films, histories, narrative poems, novels, performances, and songs. We also devote a substantial portion of class time (at least 35%) to practice-based instruction in essay writing and research.

ENGL 155: Reading, Writing, and Making with Technology in the Humanities (three credits)

This course is open to all UBCO students, and is highly recommended for students who are interested in digital and technological cultures. We will focus on a humanities-based approach to digital technology, which will include exploring a range of historical periods in the development of technology, as well as examining critical approaches to digital media. We also devote a substantial portion of class time (at least 35%) to practice-based instruction in university-level humanities criticism, writing, and research, which could include writing about technology and culture, composition across media forms, basic digital research methods, and/or critical prototyping.

ENGL 156: Environmental Literature

This course is open to all UBCO students. It is highly recommended for students who are interested in sustainability and the environment. We study literary texts and critical writings in an area of literary criticism identified as “ecocriticism.” We also devote a substantial portion of class time (at least 35%) to practice-based instruction in essay writing and research.

Contact

If you have any questions, email advising.ubco@ubc.ca and we’ll be happy to help!