Minor in English


The Minor in English focuses on the diverse literatures of the English-speaking world, including the full range of British, Canadian, and American literary traditions, diasporic literature and literature in translation, oral and written Indigenous narratives, and classic and contemporary film. It also allows students to develop the knowledge, core competencies, and skills characteristic of a traditional bachelor's degree, while preparing them to respond critically and creatively to a wide range of issues and challenges in our community and in society in general. A Minor in English is complementary to students with Majors in History, Creative Writing, Psychology, Criminology, Journalism, or Philosophy, among many others as the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills which students acquire in their English studies will benefit them in virtually all of their undergraduate studies. Furthermore, students will benefit from the expertise and the commitment to teaching excellence of the English faculty, as well as from the small class sizes that characterize undergraduate study at KPU. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/english

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Minor in English must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a Bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete 6 credits of first-year ENGL, including ENGL 1100, as well as 3 credits chosen from one of two introductory literature courses, ENGL 1202 and ENGL 1204. The 1000 level of study in English provides a foundation for degree students by providing six to nine credits of critical reading and writing-intensive course work. Courses at the 1100 level focus primarily on the essay form; those at the 1200 level focus primarily on introductions to fiction, poetry and drama. Some instructors also teach film in these courses. In their second year, students will choose at least three courses from a variety of 2000-level options designed to provide them with the literary historical knowledge necessary for upper-level study of literature in English. In their third year, students undertake in-depth study in a range of specific literary-historical periods and may concentrate on the development of a specific literary genre, i.e. poetry, fiction, drama or film. Finally, in the fourth year, students examine more sharply focused topics or themes, which are considered from multiple perspectives. (The specific requirements at each level of study, and the different requirements for the minor program, are outlined below.)

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

1000 Level
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing3
ENGL 1202Reading and Writing About Selected Topics: An Introduction to Literature3
or ENGL 1204 Reading and Writing About Genre: An Introduction to Literature
2000 Level
Select one of the following:3
Canadian Literature in English
Literature of the United States of America
English Literature: 14th to 18th Centuries
English Literature: 18th to 20th Centuries
Select 6 additional credits from courses in ENGL at the 2000 level6
3000 and 4000 Level
ENGL 3300Critical Theory3
or ENGL 3305 Film Theory
Select 12 additional credits from courses in ENGL at the 3000 level or higher, including at least 3 credits from courses at the 4000 level.12
Total Credits30

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in English.

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