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Higher Learning

Bachelor of Arts @ Vancouver Island University
Expected 2025

Major - Creative Writing
Minor - Studies in Women and Gender

 

Courses

Creative Writing

CREW

100

110
120

202

211
221

230

311

320
330

430

431
475

Intro to Writing Journalism

Intro to Writing Poetry
Intro to Writing Fiction

Introduction to Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Genre Fiction Workshop

Introduction to Publishing

Long Form Poetry Workshop

Advanced Short Fiction Workshop
Professional Editing

Publishing Workshop I

Publishing Workshop II
Internships in Writing and Publishing

Studies in Women and Gender

SWAG

201

211

310

311

Introduction to Gender
Introduction to Indigenous Gender

Unsettling Canada: Indigenous Women's Activism

Healing Words: Indigenous Women's Storytelling

English

ENGL

115

125

232

328

University Writing and Research

Literature and Culture

Children's Literature

Gender and Sexuality in Literature

Media Studies

MEDI

205

265

301

Promotion, Persuasion and Propaganda

Introduction to Game Studies

Studies in Global Media

Philosophy

PHIL

100

345

Rhetoric and Reasoning

Aesthetics (Advanced)

Sociology

SOCI

111

390

Introduction to Sociology

Selected Topics in Sociology (Advanced)

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an artist. More specifically, I wanted to be a video game designer. I also wanted to be a veteranarian, a musician, and an astronaut. That's right: and

Despite being a first-generation learner, I have always been held to and held myself to high academic standards. I still took advanced science and math classes past grade 11 when they became optional, even though I had absolutely no use for pre-calc. Having grown up in a financially insecure household, I needed to keep my options open.

I had the grades to go places, places that would grant me a degree in a profitable field. None of the 'steady' career options really jumped out at me, and two paths were emerging. It was either music or writing.

I applied to writing programs at three different universities. Originally, I was dead set on UVIC. I even bought a purple hoodie from the campus store when I went for my tour. I also applied at UBC just to see if I could get in. I did, but I didn't really want to move all the way to Kelowna. Plus, they wouldn't give me any money. UVIC wanted to give me a scholarship of a few grand, and I would've happily accepted their offer had I not been selected for a full-ride scholarship at VIU.

It is with guilt that I admit I applied at VIU 'just in case.' Vancouver Island University wasn't my first choice, but I'm so glad it was my final decision.

Although it's unfortunate that finances had to factor into my decision, there were many benefits of attending VIU that I hadn't fully accounted for until I actually started my schooling. I can't believe I ever imagined myself living in a tiny shared dorm on a huge campus. VIU let me keep the freedoms I had worked so hard to attain.

Other Courses

DIGI 110 Introduction to Digital Media

POLI 151 Law and Politics in Canada

ARTS 244 Digital Photography I

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