Why Study English at Okanagan College?

Studying English at the post-secondary level isn’t all about Shakespeare and five-paragraph essays. More importantly, it’s about learning to think critically and engage with the world as informed, rational, and skilled communicators. Here in the English Department, we explore the ways that language and literature operate in our lives and communities, and how they ultimately shape our view of the world and our place within it. Now more than ever, it is vital that students cultivate information literacy and rhetorical strategies that allow them to navigate the complex social and political issues that face them, as well as meaningfully contribute to constructive dialogue. In addition to developing these skills, English students also learn creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they can apply to a wide variety of future careers.

Okanagan College is home to a diverse English Faculty whose expertise and experience enrich the learning process. We are poets and novelists, scholars and travelers, artists and designers, immersed in a range of research and creative interests outside of the classroom. Our small class sizes allow us to develop strong relationships with our students and offer them the personal attention they need to improve their skills and develop their own unique voice. 

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Diploma in Writing and Publishing

What does it take to publish a book? This unique, two-year applied program gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience across all facets of the publishing industry. Graduates will emerge with a well-rounded skill-set for working in a wide variety of careers, including book, magazine, and internet publishing, professional writing, journalism, creative writing, marketing, and graphic design.

After developing foundational skills in creative and critical writing, graphic design, communications theory, and business in their first year, students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with letterpress printing in the Okanagan College Print Shop (a.k.a. "The Bunker"), assist with editing and production for Kalamalka Press and Ryga: A Journal of Provocations, and even produce their own professional chapbooks from scratch.

Graduates who want to further their education can transfer to degree opportunities at universities throughout BC. Consult with an Okanagan College Education Advisor regarding suitable course selection. View the BC Transfer Guide for individual course transfer equivalencies.

Associate Degree of Arts: English Emphasis

Those students who wish to pursue a Bachelor's Degree at another institution upon completing their Associate of Arts Degree can elect to declare a special emphasis in English. This English Flexible Pre-Major allows those students to be admitted directly into the third year of an English major at universities across BC (subject to a competitive GPA-based selection process). In addition to satisfying all of the requirements for an Associate Degree of Arts, students must complete specific English courses and satisfy a breadth requirement in 200-level Arts courses. For more details, visit the OC Calendar.