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Honours program

The Honours English program is an excellent choice if you intend to pursue studies at the master's or PhD level.

Entry is restricted to English major students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, calculated on a minimum of 60 credits of coursework applicable to the Bachelor or Arts or permission of the Honours committee. You must take at least 12 credits at UFV and you must also demonstrate proficiency in another language. See the language requirement below.

Honours English students must complete specific course requirements including two directed studies courses:

  • ENGL 491 Honours Directed Reading
  • ENGL 492 Honours Directed Essay

There are different course requirements laid out in the Academic Calendar for the English Honours and the English Honours in Creative Writing:

Before enrolling in directed studies, you must submit a project proposal based on your literary interests.

Admission procedure

Admission into the Honours English program is a two-step process:

  1. After completing 60 credits, apply to the Honours English program.
  2. After completing 90 credits and before enrolling in ENGL 491 and ENGL 492, submit a directed studies research proposal.

The Honours committee will review your application. You must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the program.

Completing the Honours program helps prepare you for more advanced studies at the graduate level and will be valuable when you are applying to graduate school. Most graduate admissions committees want to see evidence that applicants have made preliminary preparations in identifying their study area of interest.

Note: Applications may take up to 5 business days to process.  Please allow ample time for application to be processed before the semester registration deadlines.*

Language requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in another language by completing 6 credits of work with a minimum 3.0 GPA in UFV's Modern Languages department (MOLA) or by submitting evidence of comparable achievement at a recognized post-secondary institution. In some cases, the Honours English committee may determine proficiency by administering a language proficiency assessment with the assistance of a qualified specialist in the language the candidate chooses for evaluation.

Lane Anderson UFV English Alumni

The English department at UFV takes the credit for developing my writing and editing skills. The faculty in the English department were incredible. They always took a personal interest in the areas I wanted to research or discuss and treated me like an equal.

  • – Lane Anderson
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