Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

English Major

The English Major Program provides a comprehensive study of writing from ancient to contemporary cultures. Students are encouraged to explore complex texts and to develop their thinking, writing, and reading skills – skills essential for numerous professions in the Information Age and for future literary studies.  Students may take 3000 and 4000 numbered courses at any time in their third and fourth years.   The numbering system does not reflect difficulty.

Download the brochure (Word document)


  • Six credits of ENGL 1100, 1110, 1120, 1140, or 1210
  • Nine credits of second-year English electives:
    • ENGL 2110 (required)
    • Six additional credits of second-year English electives: ENGL 2120 (recommended), 2040, 2140, 2150, 2160, 2170, 2180, 2190, 2200, 2210, 2240, 2250, 2260, 2270, 240, or 2410


A minimum of thirty credits numbered ENGL 3000 and above must be taken. The 30 credits must include the following:

  • At least three credits in each of three centuries prior to 1900 (nine credits total).
  • At least six credits in theory, language, gender, or genre.
  • At least six credits in Twentieth-Century and Twenty-First Century Canadian, American, Postcolonial or British literature.

Service learning

Students may take six credits of service learning during their third or fourth year. Of these six credits, three may be applied directly to the major. A service learning course is a faculty-supervised community-based learning project completed individually or in groups of up to five students.

How do I register?

Details about making an appointment with an English Advisor will be posted on the English Department bulletin board on the second floor of the Arts and Education building, or contact the Chair of the Advising Committee, Karen Hofmann, AE 345,, 250-377-6016, or the Chair or English and Modern Languages, Dr. George Johnson ( Whenever possible, a faculty advisor will act as a “mentor” or counselor from the time you enter the program until you graduate.

Search To Top