English

Overview

To study English is to learn that reading literature is still the best way to understand the world and its many cultures. To study with us is to learn from faculty who have won more teaching awards than any department at SFU, all while writing and editing hundreds of scholarly books and articles, and award-winning fiction, poetry, and drama. To study English literature at SFU is to learn how to argue and how to take apart arguments, to read fantastic books, and to take part in amazing conversations that will change your life. Forever.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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 either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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

BC high school admission requirements

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General requirements

A comprehensive list of all approved Grade 11 and 12 academic courses can be found here. Admission is based on an evaluation of all approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses.

Online/distance education courses must be 100% complete by January 31, 2020.

Grade 11 required courses

Type Course List B
One of:
English 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + New Media 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Spoken Language 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Writing 11
  • Composition 11
  • Creative Writing 11
  • English First Peoples 11
  • Literary Studies 11
  • New Media 11
  • Spoken Language 11
One of:
Language 11

A language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)
One of:
Math 11
  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-calculus 11
One of:
Science 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Science 11
  • Environmental Science 11
  • Life Sciences 11 (Biology 11)
  • Physics 11
  • Specialized Science 12
One of:
Social Studies 11

See all approved grade 11 courses

Grade 12 required courses

t-warning Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved grade 12 courses, including all required courses. Equivalent AP or IB courses may be used in place of the following courses.

Type Course List A
One of: 
English 12
  • English Studies 12 (min 70%)
  • English First Peoples 12 (min 70%)
  • Francais langue et culture 12 
One of:
Science 12 or Math 12
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (Biology 12)
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Computer Science 12
  • Environmental Science 12 (Sustainable Resources 12)
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • Geology 12
  • Geometry 12
  • Physical Geography 12 (Geography 12)
  • Physics 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12
  • Statistics 12
Two of: 

  • 20th Century World History 12 (History 12)
  • Asian Studies 12
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Comparative World Religions 12
  • Comparative Cultures 12 (Comparative Civilizations 12)
  • Composition 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • Creative Writing 12 
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Economics 12
  • Genocide Studies 12
  • Human Geography 12
  • Law Studies 12 (Law 12)
  • Literary Studies 12 (English Literature 12)
  • New Media 12 
  • Philosophy 12
  • Political Studies 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Spoken Language 12
  • Urban Studies 12
One of:
Language 12
  • American Sign Language 12
  • French 12 
  • German 12
  • Italian 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Korean 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Russian 12
  • Spanish 12
  • or one additional course from List A

*Students unable to complete the requirements in any one category due to course availability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

See all approved grade 12 courses

Type Course List B
Additional courses
  • Accounting 12
  • Art Studio 12
  • Choral Music 12 (includes Chamber 12, Concert Choir 12, Vocal Jazz 12)
  • Composition & Production 12
  • Contemporary Music 12
  • Dance Choreography 12
  • Dance Company 12
  • Dance Conditioning 12
  • Dance Foundations 12
  • Dance Technique & Performance 12
  • Directing & Scriptwriting 12
  • Drama 12
  • Engineering 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • Film & Television 12
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • Graphic Arts 12
  • Instrumental Music 12 (includes Concert Band 12, Guitar 12, Jazz Band 12, and Orchestra 12)
  • Mechatronics 12
  • Media Arts 12
  • Musical Theatre 12
  • Photography 12
  • Studio Arts 2D 12
  • Studio Arts 3D 12
  • Theatre Company 12
  • Theatre Production 12

See all approved 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.