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English Minor


The Minor in English focuses on the diverse literatures of the English-speaking world, including the full range of British, Canadian, and American literary traditions, diasporic literature and literature in translation, oral and written Indigenous narratives, and classic and contemporary film. It also allows students to develop the knowledge, core competencies, and skills characteristic of a traditional bachelor's degree, while preparing them to respond critically and creatively to a wide range of issues and challenges in our community and in society in general. A Minor in English is complementary to students with Majors in History, Creative Writing, Psychology, Criminology, Journalism, or Philosophy, among many others as the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills which students acquire in their English studies will benefit them in virtually all of their undergraduate studies. Furthermore, students will benefit from the expertise and the commitment to teaching excellence of the English faculty, as well as from the small class sizes that characterize undergraduate study at KPU. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Minor in English must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a Bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete 6 credits of first-year ENGL, including ENGL 1100, an introductory writing course that is required of all degree students at KPU, as well as 3 credits chosen from one of two introductory literature courses, ENGL 1202 and ENGL 1204. In their second year, students will choose at least three courses from a variety of 2000-level options designed to provide them with the literary historical knowledge necessary for upper-level study of literature in English. In their third year, students undertake in-depth study in a range of specific literary-historical periods and may concentrate on the development of a specific literary genre, i.e. poetry, fiction, drama or film. Finally, in the fourth year, students examine more sharply focused topics or themes, which are considered from multiple perspectives. (The specific requirements at each level of study, and the different requirements for the minor program, are outlined below.)

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

1000 Level

The 1000 level of study in English provides a foundation by providing six to nine credits of critical reading and writing-intensive course work.  Courses at the 1100 level focus primarily on the essay form; those at the 1200 level focus primarily on introductions to fiction, poetry and drama.

All students must complete:
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
And one of:
  ENGL 1202 Reading and Writing about Selected Topics: An Introduction to Literature 3 credits
  ENGL 1204 Reading and Writing about Genre: An Introduction to Literature 3 credits

2000 Level

English courses at the 2000 level are accessible to all students who have completed six English course credits from above (or their equivalent).

One of:
  ENGL 2301 Canadian Literature in English 3 credits
  ENGL 2309 Literature of the United States of America 3 credits
  ENGL 2316 English Literature: 14th to 18th Centuries 3 credits
  ENGL 2317 English Literature: 18th to 20th Centuries 3 credits
  A further 6 credits from courses in ENGL at the 2000 level 6 credits

3000 and 4000 Level

English courses at the 3000 level are accessible to students who have completed at least six credits in English at the 2000 level. English courses at the 4000 level are accessible to students who have completed at least three credits in English at the 3000 level.

One of:
  ENGL 3300 Critical Theory 3 credits
  ENGL 3305 Film Theory 3 credits
  A further 12 credits from courses in ENGL at the 3000 level or higher, including at least 3 credits from courses at the 4000 level. 12 credits

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in English.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2017

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 13-Dec-2018

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