Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, English

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts, English Major program is designed for students wanting to specialize in this discipline. TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but students may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this degree program.

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

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must submit a Program Admission form to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding this.

Residency Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher are required, 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). Note that technical and business writing courses do not meet this requirement.
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
Courses used to meet lower-level requirements meet general education requirements in that area.
A C average is required in lower-level ENGL courses.
Upper-Level Requirements
3 credits in Canadian literature (may be TRU-OL's ENGL 4321)
3 credits in twentieth-century poetry and/or drama (may be TRU-OL's 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 TRU-OL's ENGL 4241, 4351)
3 credits of Directed Studies (ENGL 4991)

Technical and business writing courses cannot be used to meet the upper-level English requirements.

A grade of C or higher is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (English).

Elective Requirements
15 credits of upper-level elective courses
45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

Directed Studies

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of the major.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts, Major Program (Bachelor of Arts, English Major, offered through Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL), are required to complete a Directed Studies course. As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, students are required to consult with their TRU-OL program advisor before registering.

Students who are ready to register in a directed studies course are required to consult with their program advisor about registration procedures.


30 credits of the degree 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.

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

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


Email Student Services for more information.