Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, English

Calendar Description

The Bachelor of Arts, English Major program is designed for you if you want to specialize in this discipline. 

Students completing this major take one Directed Studies course (see below).

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Jacob Cowan gained a Bachelor of Arts, English degree through Open Learning, which helped him to achieve his Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters of Education, Educational Administration.

 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

30 credits of the program requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied studies; fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete a credential through OL, please fill in a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions about program admission.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits, including 45 third- and fourth-year (upper-level) credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical and business writing courses.
6 credits in humanities other than English
6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
6 credits in social science
Lower-Level Requirements
ENGL 2111, English Literature from Chaucer to Milton (3) or equivalent
ENGL 2211, English Literature of the Eighteenth or Nineteenth Centuries (3) or equivalent
Note:

Courses used to meet lower-level requirements must meet General Education requirements in that area.

Upper-Level Requirements
3 credits in Canadian literature (may be ENGL 4321)
3 credits in twentieth-century poetry and/or drama (may be ENGL 4321)
3 credits in eighteenth-century or nineteenth-century literature (includes Victorian writers)
3 credits in Renaissance/medieval literature (includes Chaucer or Shakespeare)
15 credits of other upper-level English courses (may include ENGL 4241, 4351)
3 credits of Directed Studies (ENGL 4991)
Elective Requirements
15 credits of upper-level elective courses
45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses
 Directed Studies

A Directed Studies course consists of concentrated study of a topic you select in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Directed Studies is open to you if you have fulfilled the general education requirements and all the lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, so it is essential that you consult with your Program Advisor before registering.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find either that course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

 Fees

Please see Tuition and Fees for details.

 Contact

Email Student Services or call us for more about this or any other Open Learning program.