The English Department is offering the following Spring/Summer courses.
ENGL 100 - Introduction to Literary Structures
May 1 – June 16
Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Dr. Troy Bordun
This course provides an introduction to the reading of the three major genres: poetry, fiction, and drama. The course introduces the students to the basic structural principles and rhetorical strategies of literary texts by observing structural and rhetorical theory applied to specific poems, fictions, and plays.
ENGL 205-3 - Fiction
July 4 – August 18
Dr. Carla Glen
This course examines selected trends in the development of the novel or short story, or of a particular mode or genre of representation.
ENGL 480/680-3 - Blurred Boundaries: Science and Culture
May 1 - June 16
Online - Asynchronous
Dr. Carla Glen
In ENGL 480/680 SP23 “Blurred Boundaries: Science and Culture” we will examine the world of speculative science fiction/film, which gives us an entry point into how we make sense of the world. Practices like computer morphing and genetic cloning and institutional surveillance show us just how permeable are the boundaries between science and culture. Our examination in this course has the lens pointed toward the notion that science fiction through simulation, technology, and the cyborg disrupts what is real and what is simulated, and therefore, science and culture, the organic and inorganic blur that permeable space between humans and machines, and what it means to be human.
See the UNBC course schedule for English course offerings including courses offered in the Regions.
English Department Equity Statement
The UNBC Department of English recognizes that racism, white supremacy, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and many other systemic barriers to learning and career progression unfortunately exist in academia. As such, we place high value on learning, teaching, research, and service that work to expose, record, and address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues in our disciplines and communities. The department is committed to creating safe spaces for students who face systemic barriers.
Thank you, Ivan Coyote for their stay at UNBC as the English Department's Writer in Residence
The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote "a natural-born storyteller" and the Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what KD Lang is to country music: a beautiully odd fixture.
Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.
Ivan's 11th book, 'Tomboy Survival Guide', was release in September 2016, by Arsenal Pulp Press.
The Department of English has hosted readings or talks by writers and visiting speakers who enhance the literary and cultural experience for the UNBC community and for the general community.
Some of the writers over the years have included Janet Rogers, Jeannette Armstrong, Denise Chong, Lorna Crozier, Maggie de Vries, Robert Kroetsch, Kathy Page, Eden Robinson, Aritha van Herk, Rudy Wiebe and visiting scholars like Dr. Jonathan Hart (Alberta) and Prof. Dr. Klaus Martens (Saarland University).
For further information on some of the past writers please click here.
UNBC offers a Master of Arts in English: Application Deadline is December 15th (*applications will still be considered until July 15, 2021 for September 2021 intake)
For further information on Graduate Admissions, please click here
Application requirements are available at the Office of the Registrar.
The Bachelor of Arts Program
A degree in English is the cornerstone for many interesting careers and prepares students to be effective communicators, shrewd thinkers, and excellent writers.
Our department is innovative with an emphasis on literary, creative and media studies. We offer courses from around the globe as well as creative writing. Key areas include Canadian, American, British and First Nations literatures, Media Studies (film and television) and Creative Writing.
We also offer a Major and a Minor in English as well as Joint Majors in English/History, English/Political Science, English/Women’s Studies, and English/Environmental Studies.
The Department of English is committed to artistic and cultural expression not only through undergraduate courses in literary studies, creative writing and media studies, but also through graduate level offerings that are part of the Master of Arts degree in ENGLISH. Come join us!