Why study English?

Do you love to read and enjoy writing? Would you like to explore the rich tradition of English literature, from Chaucer up to contemporary fiction? Do you wish that your love of words could help you find a challenging and satisfying career? If so, studying English at UFV is for you.

The study of English can provide many benefits. Today’s graduates must be able to understand, interpret, and respond effectively to a rapidly changing world. Graduates in English acquire this vital background through the program’s emphasis on communication skills, interpretive skills, critical thinking, and cultural awareness.

Meanwhile, honing effective writing skills will help you communicate your thoughts and interpretations with that larger world. The study of critical writing teaches us all how to organize our knowledge, express our thoughts and beliefs, and ask the questions we need answered.

Why earn an English degree at UFV?

Our graduates have gone on to successful professional and academic careers in Canada and throughout the world. Our program’s emphasis on cultural literacy ensures that as a graduate you will be ready to take on leadership roles in today’s increasingly complex, technologically driven, and internationally linked society. Graduates are able to understand and thereby influence cultural change.

UFV offers a growing and dynamic programme featuring a range of first-year, second-year, and senior courses in British, Canadian, and American literature, as well as upper-level courses in genre studies, composition, rhetoric, literary theory, and linguistic history. Our faculty members’ expertise embraces a wide variety of genres and periods, from the Middle Ages to today’s popular culture. The department encourages interdisciplinary studies by allowing students to undertake a project in the area of their choice. Other programmes currently under development include an Applied concentration in English language, and a Teaching English Abroad certificate programme. We also offer a number of online courses.

You can complete a major, minor, or extended minor in English at UFV, or simply take English courses for general interest or as part of another program.

Once I earn my English degree, what are my career options?

The Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Education, with input from 25 of Canada’s leading corporations, has identified essential skills for contemporary workers. Employers want people “who can communicate, think, and continue to learn throughout their lives.” They are looking for people with “flexible talents, good analytical and problem-solving abilities, interpersonal and broad technical skills.”

The reading and writing skills that English students will acquire can lead to many exciting career choices, including teaching at all levels, journalism, publishing, the arts, and a range of professional opportunities with both the private and public sectors on the international scene.

The Canadian Occupational Projection Survey (COPS) reports that English graduates generally find work as elementary or secondary school teachers (30 per cent), as financial and as sales managers (22 per cent), and administrators in government and various service industries, including printing and publishing, real estate, and financial services (25 per cent). The remainder find work in clerical (17 per cent) or in artistic and literary fields (six per cent).  

UFV’s English program is also excellent preparation for graduate school, UFV’s Teacher Education program, and the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate.

Anything else I should know?

We offer a wide range of first- to fourth-year courses in the major historical periods of English, Canadian, American, and world literature. We also offer advanced courses in cultural studies, genre theory, composition, rhetoric, creative writing, linguistics, English language, and literary theory.

Teaching is our priority at UFV. Our smaller class sizes ensure a lower student-to-instructor ratio than classes at many larger institutions. At the same time, our faculty members are actively engaged in research that continually improves their teaching and exposes students to the most recent scholarship.

When should I apply? What do I need to get in?

Applications for the fall semester should be received by January 31. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered only if space is available in the program. Admission is on a competitive basis, which means that meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission. Specific requirements will be published on the UFV website.

I'm interested. What should I do next?

It’s best to check out our online calendar and read the English section carefully. You can go to the download centre and download the application form. Fill it in and submit it, along with the required documents and the $45 application fee, to the Admissions and Records office at any UFV campus or centre or via the internet at http://www.pas.bc.ca/.

I'm not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?

Absolutely. We want to hear from you!  If you’re unsure of your direction, contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling. You can also contact the Arts Advice Centre at 604-557-4028 or contact the English department directly email english@ufv.ca.

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