Once upon a time, long, long ago, before I even considered BCIT’s marketing program, I attended UBC in the Faculty of Arts. (I only graduated last year, but it feels like ages ago!) Being a part of the UBC community was great fun, and I still feel connected to the university six months after my convocation ceremony. As I mentioned before, I became involved with the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and worked a number of different on-campus jobs, and in my limited spare time I squeezed in a degree during the time I wasn’t working, networking or making long treks across campus!
The English Department at UBC is incredibly varied, full of professors, grad students and regular old undergrads pursuing different areas of study. Before starting the English program I wasn’t aware of the full breadth of topics that the study of English Literature covers. For instance, rarely does an English course focus solely on poem structure or the rising and falling action of a novel. Instead, classes delve into topics you might not necessarily associate with “English” – cultural and gender studies, history, philosophy and more.
One of the most interesting English classes I experienced at UBC was a fourth year seminar that focused on body politics and the way in which the state controls and regulates the human body. This description references political science, philosophy, science and technology, history ….and maybe a little bit of English. My point is that the study of English Literature isn’t limited to old, dusty epic poems – it’s an exciting and draws upon current, controversial issues that matter to us right now.