BA English Major


The discipline of English has changed and so has your Major.

The new Major is designed to offer students a grounding in English studies while opening space for individual interests. Students can develop their own distinct path through the discipline's increasingly rich and diverse fields of study.

Starting in September 2019, our program requirements are greatly simplified. All students enrolled in the English Major must take a minimum of ★30 to a maximum of ★48 English courses at the 200-level or above, including:

★9 at the 200-level*

★9 at the 300-level

★6 at the 400-level.

Note: Prerequisite for all senior ENGL courses is ★6 of junior English, or ★3 of junior English plus WRS 101.


Plan your Major

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

    2020/21:

    ENGL 373: Canadian Lit: Writing and Colonization
    ENGL 374: Canadian Lit&Culture: Early 20th-C Texts
    ENGL 375: Canadian Lit&Culture: Reading Canadian Cultures
    ENGL 378: Canadian Lit&Culture: Contemporary Cultural Texts
    ENGL 407 B1: Louis Riel in Canadian Literature
    ENGL 465 A1: #meetoo and Canadian Literature
    WRITE 494 A1: A Poetics of Treaty

  • Indigenous literature and culture

    2020/21:

    ENGL 125: Indigenous Writing
    ENGL 308: Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 309: Indigenous Literature: Literary Movements
    WRITE 494 A1: A Poetics of Treaty

  • pre-1900 literature and culture

    2020/21:

    ENGL 325: Medieval Literature and Culture
    ENGL 336: Early Modern: 16th-Century Texts
    ENGL 339: Studies in Shakespeare
    ENGL 340: Early Modern: 17th-Century Texts
    ENGL 348: The Eighteenth-Century Novel
    ENGL 349: The Nineteenth-Century Novel
    ENGL 350: 19th-C British: Romantic Texts
    ENGL 352: 19th-C British: Early Victorian Texts
    ENGL 353: 19th-C British: Late Victorian Texts
    ENGL 358: Early American Literature and Culture
    ENGL 390: Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing
    ENGL 405: Victorian Poetry and Poetics
    ENGL 407 A1: Constellating Moby-Dick
    ENGL 407 B1: Louis Riel in Canadian Literature

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 in each of 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 courses:

  • Popular Genres
    ENGL 209 B1: Histories of Reading
    ENGL 309 A1: Indigenous Literatures: Life Writing
    ENGL 375 A1: Contemporary Bestsellers and Popular Genres in 21c Canada
    ENGL 384 A1 Popular Culture: Reading Popular Texts
    ENGL 385 B2 Graphic Novels
    ENGL 389 A1 & B1 Children's Literature
    ENGL 483 A1 Tolkien’s Legendarium
    WRITE 399 B1 Screenwriting
    WRITE 399 X50 Creative Writing for Video Games
  • Global Issues
    ENGL 222 Reading Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 223 A1 & B1 Reading Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 308 A1: Indigenous Literatures: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 309 A1: Indigenous Literatures: Life Writing
    ENGL 314 Postcolonial Literature: Irish Writing in English
    ENGL 315 Postcolonial Literature: Indian Writing in English
    ENGL 367 B1: Contemporary Literature: The Surveillance Society
    ENGL 373 B1: Canadian Literature: Writing and Colonization
    ENGL 407 B1: Louis Riel in Canadian Literature
    ENGL 407 A1: Constellating Moby-Dick
    ENGL 409 B1: The Aesthetics of Disruption
    ENGL 430 A1: A Geopoetics of Habitat
    ENGL 465 A1: #meetoo and Canadian Literature
    ENGL 467 B1: “Afterlives” of US Slavery
    WRITE 494 A1: A Poetics of Treaty
  • Contemporary - 21st Century
    ENGL 308 Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
    ENGL 309 A1: Indigenous Literatures: Life Writing
    ENGL 362 B1: American Literature & Culture: Toward the Now - Later 20th & Early 21st Century
    ENGL 367 B1: Contemporary Literature & Cultures: The Surveillance Society
    ENGL 375 A1: Contemporary Bestsellers and Popular Genres in 21c Canada
    ENGL 378 B1: Contemporary Canadian Cultural Texts
    ENGL 384 A1: Reading Popular Texts
    ENGL 385 B2: Graphic Novels
    ENGL 391 B2: Writing by Women Post-1900
    ENGL 430 A1: A Geopoetics of Habitat
    ENGL 465 A1: #meetoo and Canadian Literature
    WRITE 494 A1: A Poetics of Treaty
  • Social Justice and Literature
    ENGL 220 Reading Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 221 Reading Class and Ideology
    ENGL 222 Reading Race and Ethnicity
    ENGL 223 Reading Empire and the Postcolonial
    ENGL 309 A1: Indigenous Literatures: Life Writing
    ENGL 360 A1: Race and Belonging in American Writing
    ENGL 367 B1: Contemporary Literature: The Surveillance Society
    ENGL 373 B1: Canadian Literature: Writing and Colonization
    ENGL 392 B1: Queer Writing
    ENGL 407 A1: Constellating Moby-Dick
    ENGL 409 B1: The Aesthetics of Disruption
    ENGL 430 A1: A Geopoetics of Habitat
    ENGL 465 A1: #metoo and Canadian Literature
    ENGL 467 B1: “Afterlives” of US Slavery
    WRITE 494 A1: A Poetics of Treaty
  • Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 220 Reading Gender and Sexuality
    ENGL 390 A1: Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing
    ENGL 391 B2: Women's Writing: Writing by Women Post-1900
    ENGL 392 B1: Queer Writing
    ENGL 465 A1: #metoo and Canadian Literature
  • 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 Creative Writing for Video Games 
    WRITE 399 Screenwriting 
    WRITE 494 Advanced Creative Writing: A Poetics of Treaty 
    WRITE 498 Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction

  • Media Studies and Print Culture
    ENGL 208 History of the Book
    ENGL 209 Histories of Readers
    ENGL 303 Digital Cultures
    ENGL 385 Graphic Novels
    ENGL 395 Media, Culture, History
    WRITE 399 B1: Projects in Genre: Screenwriting
    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
    Early Modern: ENGL 336, ENGL 339, ENGL 340
    Restoration and Eighteenth Century: ENGL 390, ENGL 348
    Nineteenth Century: ENGL 349, ENGL 350, ENGL 352, ENGL 353, ENGL 405A, ENGL 407B, 409B
    Canadian: ENGL 373, ENGL 374, ENGL 375, ENGL 378, ENGL 407B, ENGL 465A
    American: ENGL 360, ENGL 362, ENGL 407A, ENGL 467B
    Post-colonial: ENGL 314, ENGL 315
    Indigenous: ENGL 308, ENGL 309
    Literary Theory: ENGL 218, ENGL 219, 430A, 430B

To help guide you to specific areas of interest, see our course listing and/or our English Major Worksheet page. You can also make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor.

The major in English is not designed to meet specific requirements for entrance into graduate programs in the Department of English and Film Studies; if you are looking for such preparation, you should consult the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) before enrolling in the third year of the BA program.

* 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.

 

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