English

To study English is to study language’s fundamental role in making the world and our experience of it. To study with us is to share the classroom with a faculty that has won more teaching awards than any department at SFU, all while authoring and editing a disproportionate number of scholarly books and articles, not to mention award-winning fiction, poetry, and drama.

Overview

The English program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a major, a minor, and certificates in creative writing and in writing and rhetoric. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

English 12 and three additional approved Grade 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: English or (in Fall term only) English - 1st yr Surrey

Applying to the minor program

You may apply to the minor program after being accepted to a major program and completing a certain number of units. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Career Advisor
  • Communications Assistant
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educational Program Specialist
  • English Tutor
  • Freelance writer
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Journalist
  • Library Assistant
  • Literary Agent
  • Public Relations            
  • Publicist
  • Technical Writer