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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, English

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Program Requirements

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

Thirty 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.


30 credits, including up to 15 upper-level credits, may be applied studies: fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses.

Admission Requirements

Open 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:

Breadth requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; see the breadth requirements for arts and science degree programs.

  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature),excluding technical writing and business writing courses
  • Six credits in humanities, other than English
  • Six credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
  • Six credits in social science

Lower-level requirements (15 credits)

  • 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 must meet breadth requirements in that area.

Upper-level requirements (30 credits)

  • Three credits in Canadian literature (such as ENGL 4321)
  • Three credits in twentieth-century poetry and/or drama (such as ENGL 4321)
  • Three credits in eighteenth-century or nineteenth-century literature (includes Victorian writers) (such as ENGL 3841
  • Three credits in Renaissance/medieval literature (includes Chaucer or Shakespeare)
  • Fifteen credits of other upper-level English courses (such as ENGL 4241, 4351, 3991, 4231, 3291)
  • Three credits of Directed Studies (ENGL 4991)

Elective requirements (51 credits)

  • 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 breadth and lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for directed studies, so it is essential that you consult your program advisor before you register in a directed studies course.

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