Welcome to the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, located on Treaty Six territory, traditional territory of many First Nations people, and in Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. We are an internationally recognized, dynamic, and multi-disciplinary department, with a broad range of classes and programs in English, Film, and Creative Writing. We offer Major, Minor, and Honours programs in English, Major and Minor programs in Film Studies, and a Minor in Creative Writing. Graduate students may study at the Master’s and PhD levels in English, with an option for a creative MA thesis.
As one of the founding departments in the Faculty of Arts, the English program has been welcoming students at every level for more than a hundred years. Our first-year English courses introduce students to the post-secondary study of reading and work to develop skills in writing at the university level. Our senior English courses engage students with writing, language, and cultural expression in many forms and genres and across many social and historical contexts. Our graduate program, consistently ranked as one of the top English graduate programs in Canada, supports students’ innovative and interdisciplinary research and their professional development as critics, teachers, and innovators.
The WRITE program at the University of Alberta is one of the oldest and most respected Creative Writing programs in Canada. Students in our WRITE classes have the opportunity to work with award-winning writers and to develop as writers of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. EFS is home to the longest-running Writer-in-Residence program in Canada and to the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne with its stellar Brown Bag Readings and the annual Kreisel Lecture.
Courses offered in our popular Film Studies program cover a wide range of film genres as well as genres in television and digital and other media. Students may take courses in national cinemas and media systems in a global context, industry and production cultures, and reception and fan cultures, and will develop theoretical and historical perspectives on the evolution of film and other media of self-expression.
In EFS we are a community of students, teachers, scholars, and administrators who work in interrelated ways on the study of imaginative expression. We share a commitment to that study as a means to better understand the relations of humans to each other and to the world we inhabit. In all our programs, our goal is to help students expand their critical understanding of ideas and information and their ability to communicate their own ideas and critical responses effectively. We are proud of our students and their smart and innovative work in our programs and beyond! Take a look on the EFS website at some of our alumni talking about their programs. Take a look too at our EFS “Why Study English” page, and our answers to the questions “Why study Creative Writing at UAlberta?” and “What can I do with a Film Studies degree?”
More detailed information about courses and programs is available on the EFS website. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: email us, call, or come by our offices on the third floor of the Humanities Centre.
Cecily Devereux, Professor and Department Chair