English and Film Studies

English Major Worksheet

Students wishing to major in English must take 6 of junior English (or ★3 of junior English plus WRS 101) and a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 48 at the 200-level or above, including 9 at the 200-level*9 at the 300-level and 6 at the 400-level.

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★9  200-level ENGL courses*

★3

 

★3

 

★3

 

 

 

★9  300-level ENGL courses

★3

 

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★3

 

 

 

★6  400-level ENGL courses

★3

 

★3

 

 

 

★6 - ★24   Options

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As you choose your  courses, consider these three recommended components:

1. Strong Recommendations

Three areas of study are strongly recommended (consider taking ★3 or more from each of the following): 

  • Canadian literature and culture

    2019/20:

    ENGL 374       Canadian Lit&Culture: Early 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 375       Canadian Lit&Culture: Reading Canadian Cultures
    ENGL 376       Canadian Lit&Culture: Late 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 378       Canadian Lit&Culture: Contemporary Cultural Texts

  • Indigenous literature and culture

    2019/20:

    ENGL 125       Aboriginal Writing
    ENGL 308       Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 309       Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Literary Movements

  • pre-1900 literature and culture

    2019/20:

    ENGL 325       Medieval Literature and Culture
    ENGL 336       Early Modern: 16th-Century Texts
    ENGL 339       Studies in Shakespeare
    ENGL 343       Late 18th-Century Literature and Culture
    ENGL 344       Early Modern Literature and Culture: Milton
    ENGL 349       19th-C British: The Novel
    ENGL 350       19th-C British: Romantic Texts
    ENGL 352       19th-C British: Early Victorian Texts
    ENGL 358       Early American Literature and Culture
    ENGL 390       Women’s Writing pre-1900
    ENGL 401       The Cultural Politics of Jane Austen
    ENGL 407       Shakespeare and Ecological Crisis
    ENGL 409       The Old English Language

2. Breadth Recommendations

We suggest that your Major cover the breadth of areas within English Studies and encourage you to take at least one course of each in the following areas:

  • Genres and Media Forms
    ENGL 208   Reading Histories: Making Books
    ENGL 209   Reading Histories: Making Readers
    ENGL 210   Reading Histories: Histories in Texts
    ENGL 218   Textualities: Reading and Interpretation
    ENGL 219   Textualities: Narrative Theory and Poetics
    ENGL 301   Social and Cultural History of Genre
    ENGL 302   Literary and Cultural Theories
    ENGL 303   Computing Technology and Culture: Cyberculture
    ENGL 304   Computing Technology and Culture: Digital Humanities
    ENGL 327   Medieval Lit&Culture: Medieval and Tudor Drama
    ENGL 337   Early Modern Lit&Culture: Drama
    ENGL 347   Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Drama (reserve)
    ENGL 348   Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: The Novel
    ENGL 349   19th-C British Lit&Culture: The Novel
    ENGL 368   Early 20th-C Lit&Culture: Drama
    ENGL 369   Late 20th-C Lit&Culture: Drama
    ENGL 377   Canadian Lit&Culture: Canadian Drama and Performance
    ENGL 384   Popular Culture: Reading Popular Texts
    ENGL 385   Popular Culture: Issues in Popular Culture
    ENGL 386   Popular Culture: Working-Class Texts and Cultures (reserve)
    ENGL 388   Children's Lit&Culture: Oral Traditions
    ENGL 389   Children's Lit&Culture: Print Traditions
    ENGL 395   Media Culture and History
    ENGL 402   Studies in Genres
    ENGL 405   Studies in Poetry
    ENGL 406   Studies in Prose (reserve)
    ENGL 424   Studies in the History of Books
    ENGL 425   Studies in the History of Reading (reserve)
    ENGL 424   Studies in the History of Books
    ENGL 482   Studies in Drama and Performance
    ENGL 483   Studies in Popular Culture
    ENGL 485   Topics in Media Studies
    ENGL 484   Studies in Literature and Film
    ENGL 486   Studies in Computer Technologies and Culture
    ENGL 487   Studies in Children's Literature (reserve)

    All WRITE courses
  • Literary Periods
    ENGL * 320   Old English Language and Literature
    ENGL 324   Medieval Lit&Culture: Chaucer
    ENGL 325   Medieval Lit&Culture: Medieval Texts
    ENGL 327   Medieval Lit&Culture: Medieval and Tudor Drama
    ENGL 336   Early Modern Lit&Culture: 16th-Century Texts
    ENGL 337   Early Modern Lit&Culture: Drama
    ENGL * 338   Early Modern Lit&Culture: Shakespeare
    ENGL 339   Early Modern Lit&Culture: Studies in Shakespeare
    ENGL 340   Early Modern Lit&Culture: 17th-Century Texts
    ENGL 341   Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Restoration & Early 18-C Texts
    ENGL 343   Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Late 18-Century Texts
    ENGL 344   Early Modern Lit&Culture: Milton
    ENGL 347   Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Drama (reserve)
    ENGL 348   Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: The Novel
    ENGL 349   19th-C British Lit&Culture: The Novel
    ENGL 350   19th-C British Lit&Culture: Romantic Texts
    ENGL 352   19th-C British Lit&Culture: Early Victorian Texts
    ENGL 353   19th-C British Lit&Culture: Late Victorian Texts
    ENGL 358   American Lit&Culture: Early American Writing – Colonial, Rev…
    ENGL 359   American Lit&Culture: Reading American Origins
    ENGL 361   American Lit&Culture: American Modern – Postbellum & Early…
    ENGL 362   American Lit&Culture: Toward the Now - Later 20th & Early 21st C
    ENGL 363   Early 20th-C Lit&Culture: Modernism and Modernity
    ENGL 364   Late 20th-C Lit&Culture: Modernism and Modernity
    ENGL 365   Early 20th-C British Literature and Culture
    ENGL 366   Late 20th-C British Literature and Culture
    ENGL 367   Contemporary Literatures and Cultures
    ENGL 368   Early 20th-C Lit&Culture: Drama
    ENGL 373   Canadian Lit&Culture: Writing and Colonization
    ENGL 374   Canadian Lit&Culture: Early 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 376   Canadian Lit&Culture: Late 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 378   Canadian Lit&Culture: Contemporary Cultural Texts
    ENGL 390   Women's Writing: Writing by Women pre-1900
    ENGL 391   Women's Writing: Writing by Women post-1900
    ENGL 401   Studies in Authors
    ENGL 409   Studies in Literary Periods and Cultural Movements
    ENGL 426   Studies in Literary and Cultural Histories
  • National and Global Literature
    ENGL 223       Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 308       Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 309       Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature:  Literary Movements
    ENGL 312       Postcolonial Lit&Culture: African Writing in English
    ENGL 313       Postcolonial Lit&Culture: Caribbean Writing in English (reserve)
    ENGL 314       Postcolonial Lit&Culture: Irish Writing in English
    ENGL 315       Postcolonial Lit&Culture: Indian Writing in English
    ENGL 316       Postcolonial Lit&Culture: Middle-Eastern Writing in English
    ENGL 320       Old English Language and Literature
    ENGL 324       Medieval Lit&Culture: Chaucer
    ENGL 325       Medieval Lit&Culture: Medieval Texts
    ENGL 327       Medieval Lit&Culture: Medieval and Tudor Drama
    ENGL 336       Early Modern Lit&Culture: 16th-Century Texts
    ENGL 337       Early Modern Lit&Culture: Drama
    ENGL * 338     Early Modern Lit&Culture: Shakespeare
    ENGL 339       Early Modern Lit&Culture: Studies in Shakespeare
    ENGL 340       Early Modern Lit&Culture: 17th-Century Texts
    ENGL 341       Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Restoration & Early 18-C Texts
    ENGL 343       Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Late 18-Century Texts
    ENGL 344       Early Modern Lit&Culture: Milton
    ENGL 347       Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: Drama (reserve)
    ENGL 348       Restoration and 18th-C Lit&Culture: The Novel
    ENGL 349       19th-C British Lit&Culture: The Novel
    ENGL 350       19th-C British Lit&Culture: Romantic Texts
    ENGL 352       19th-C British Lit&Culture: Early Victorian Texts
    ENGL 353       19th-C British Lit&Culture: Late Victorian Text
    ENGL 354       Pre-20th-C Transnational Literature and Culture (reserve)
    ENGL 355       American Lit&Culture: American Minority Literature
    ENGL 356       American Lit&Culture: Reading American Technologies
    ENGL 357       American Lit&Culture: Reading American Ideologies
    ENGL 358       American Lit&Culture: Early American Writing – Colonial, Rev…
    ENGL 359       American Lit&Culture: Reading American Origins
    ENGL 360       American Lit&Culture: Race and Belonging in American Writing
    ENGL 361       American Lit&Culture: American Modern – Postbellum & Early…
    ENGL 362       American Lit&Culture: Toward the Now - Later 20th & Early 21st C
    ENGL 373       Canadian Lit&Culture: Writing and Colonization
    ENGL 374       Canadian Lit&Culture: Early 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 375       Canadian Lit&Culture: Reading Canadian Cultures
    ENGL 376       Canadian Lit&Culture: Late 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 377       Canadian Lit&Culture: Canadian Drama and Performance
    ENGL 378       Canadian Lit&Culture: Contemporary Cultural Texts
    ENGL 379       Canadian Lit&Culture: Canadian Minority Literature (reserve)
    ENGL 380       Canadian Lit&Culture: Reading the Local
    ENGL 481       Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
    ENGL 220   Reading Politics: Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 221   Reading Politics: Class and Ideology
    ENGL 222   Reading Politics: Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 223   Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 302   Literary and Cultural Theories
    ENGL 305   Literature and Religion
    ENGL 308   Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 309   Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Literary Movements
    ENGL 355   American Lit&Culture: American Minority Literature
    ENGL 360   American Lit&Culture: Race and Belonging in American Writing
    ENGL 379   Canadian Lit&Culture: Canadian Minority Literature (reserve)
    ENGL 380   Canadian Lit&Culture: Reading the Local
    ENGL 388   Children's Lit&Culture: Oral Traditions
    ENGL 389   Children's Lit&Culture: Print Traditions
    ENGL 390   Women's Writing: Writing by Women pre-1900`
    ENGL 391   Women's Writing: Writing by Women post-1900
    ENGL 392   Queer Writing
    ENGL 407   Studies in Texts and Cultures
    ENGL 409   Studies in Literary Periods and Cultural Movements
    ENGL 465   Studies in Gender and Sexualities
    ENGL 466   Studies in Class and Ideology (reserve)
    ENGL 467   Studies in Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 481   Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial
  • Theoretical Approaches

    ENGL 209   Reading Histories: Making Readers
    ENGL 210   Reading Histories: Histories in Texts
    ENGL 212   Intro to the English Language
    ENGL 217   Textualities: Signs and Texts
    ENGL 218   Textualities: Reading and Interpretation
    ENGL 219   Textualities: Narrative Theory and Poetics
    ENGL 220   Reading Politics: Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 221   Reading Politics: Class and Ideology
    ENGL 222   Reading Politics: Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 223   Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 224   The Literary Institution
    ENGL 300   Social and Cultural History of the English Language
    ENGL 302   Literary and Cultural Theories
    ENGL 308   Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 385   Popular Culture: Issues in Popular Culture
    ENGL 390   Women’s Writing pre-1900
    ENGL 391   Women’s Writing post-1900
    ENGL 392   Queer Writing
    ENGL 409   Studies in Literary Periods and Cultural Movements
    ENGL 425   Studies in the History of Reading
    ENGL 430   Studies in Theory
    ENGL 465   Studies in Gender and Sexualities
    ENGL 466   Studies in Class and Ideology (reserve)
    ENGL 467   Studies in Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 481   Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 482   Studies in Drama and Performance

3. Follow your interests

Which of these areas interest you most? Here's a selection of our 2019-20 courses:

  • Popular Genres
    ENGL 209 B1: Reading Histories: Making Readers
    ENGL 301 A1 Social & Cultural History of the English Language: Life Writing
    ENGL 308 Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Horror Stories
    ENGL 375 A1: Contemporary Bestsellers and Popular Genres in 21c Canada
    ENGL 384 A1 Popular Culture: Reading Popular Texts
    ENGL 389 A1 Children's Literature: Print Traditions
    ENGL 385 B1: Issues in Popular Culture: Social Media Networks
    ENGL 483 A1 Studies in Popular Culture: J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
    ENGL 485 A1 Queer Gaming-Gender, Sexuality & Playfulness
    ENGL 401 B1 The Cultural Politics of Jane Austen
    ENGL 425 B1: Reading, Readers and Mass Media
  • Global Issues
    ENGL 222 Reading Politics: Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 223 A1 & B1 Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 308 Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Horror Stories
    ENGL 309 B1: The Poetry and Poetics of the Indigenous Renaissance
    ENGL 314 Postcolonial Literature & Culture: Irish Writing in English
    ENGL 316 Postcolonial Literature & Culture: Middle Eastern Writing in English
    ENGL 367 B1 Contemporary Literature & Cultures: Migration and Displacement
    ENGL 481 A1: Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial: Borders, Lines and Walls
    ENGL 481 B1 Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial: African Literature and the Discourse of the Other
  • Contemporary - 21st Century
    ENGL 308 Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Horror Stories
    ENGL 309 A1 Indigenous Literary Movements
    ENGL 309 B1: The Poetry and Poetics of the Indigenous Renaissance
    ENGL 362 B1: American Literature & Culture: Toward the Now - Later 20th & Early 21st Century
    ENGL 367 B1 Contemporary Literature & Cultures: Migration and Displacement
    ENGL 376 B1: Late 20th-Century Canadian Literature & Culture: Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
    ENGL 375 A1: Contemporary Bestsellers and Popular Genres in 21c Canada
    ENGL 385 B1: Issues in Popular Culture: Social Media Networks
    ENGL 391 B2: Women's Writing: Writing by Women Post-1900: #MeToo
    ENGL 402 B1 Academia in Contemporary Fiction
    ENGL 425 B1: Reading, Readers and Mass Media
  • Social Justice and Literature
    ENGL 209 B1: Reading Histories: Histories in Texts (Literature and Environmental History)
    ENGL 220 Reading Politics: Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 221 Reading Politics: Class and Ideology
    ENGL 222 Reading Politics: Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 223 Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 301 B1 Social and Cultural History of Genre: "All of Them Witches"
    ENGL 309 A1 Indigenous Literary Movements
    ENGL 309 B1: The Poetry and Poetics of the Indigenous Renaissance
    ENGL 360 X50 Race and Belonging in American Writing
    ENGL 367 B1 Contemporary Literature & Cultures: Migration and Displacement
    ENGL 481 A1: Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial: Borders, Lines and Walls
    ENGL 401 B1 The Cultural Politics of Jane Austen
    ENGL 407 A1 Shakespeare and Ecological Crisis
    ENGL 481 B1 African Literature and the Discourse of the Other
    WRITE 494 A Poetics of Treaty
  • Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 220 Reading Politics: Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 390 A1 Women's Writing: Writing by Women pre-1900: The Rise of Women Novelists
    ENGL 391 B2: Women's Writing: Writing by Women Post-1900: #MeToo
    ENGL 401 B1 The Cultural Politics of Jane Austen
    ENGL 485 A1 Queer Gaming-Gender, Sexuality & Playfulness
  • Creative Writing
    WRITE 294 Introduction to Writing Poetry
    WRITE 295 Introduction to Writing Prose
    WRITE 297 Introduction to Writing Nonfiction
    WRITE 392 Intermediate Poetry
    WRITE 393 Intermediate Fiction
    WRITE 397 Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
    WRITE 399 A1 The Line between Nonfiction and Poetry
    WRITE 399 A2 Story Lab: Producing Narrative Across Media and Culture
    WRITE 399 X50 Creative Writing for Video Games
    WRITE 494 A Poetics of Treaty
    WRITE 495 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
    WRITE 498 Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction: Researching and Writing the Object World and Material Culture
  • Media Studies and Print Culture
    ENGL 209 Making Readers
    ENGL 303 Digital Cultures
    ENGL 385 Issues in Popular Culture: Social Media Networks
    ENGL 395 Media, Culture, History
    ENGL 425 B1 Reading, Readers and Mass Media
    ENGL 485 A1 Queer Gaming-Gender, Sexuality & Playfulness
    WRITE 399 A2 Story Lab: Producing Narrative Across Media and Culture
    WRITE 399 X50 Creative Writing for Video Games
  • Going to Graduate School
    Many graduate programs emphasize historical and national breadth in entrance requirements and thus if you are thinking about graduate school, you may wish to take courses in the following areas:

    Medieval: ENGL 325, ENGL 409
    Early Modern: ENGL 336, ENGL 339, ENGL 344, ENGL 407
    Restoration and Eighteenth Century: ENGL 390, ENGL 343
    Nineteenth Century: ENGL 349, ENGL 350, ENGL 352, ENGL 358, ENGL 401
    Modernism: ENGL 363
    Canadian: ENGL 376, ENGL 375, ENGL 376, ENGL 378
    American: ENGL 358, ENGL 360, ENGL 362
    Post-colonial: ENGL 314, ENGL 316, ENGL 481
    Indigenous: ENGL 308, ENGL 309
    Literary Theory: ENGL 218, ENGL 219

NOTES:
1. Students taking English as a major and Creative Writing as a minor cannot count WRITE courses toward requirements for the major. WRITE and approved cross-listed courses apply as ENGL courses for students taking English as a major and a subject other than Creative Writing as a minor; however no more than 15 of WRITE courses may be used to fulfill program requirements.

2. * Effective September 2019: Students who entered the program before September 2019 will be allowed to graduate with ★6 credits. All students entering the program after September 2019 will need ★9 at the 200-level.