English Language & Literature

Faculty of Humanities




English Language & Literature

Degree Information

The Department offers the following degrees and programs:

A four-year B.A. (Honours) in English Language and Literature

Honours English students must complete an array of historical period courses, and are strongly advised to take courses in literary criticism or theory and in the history of the English language.

A three-year B.A. in English Language and Literature

Satisfactory completion of the first three years of the Honours B.A. entitles a student to apply for this degree.

Students may earn a 'combined' three-year degree or four-year Honours degree, co-majoring in English and another subject. They may also take one of a number of Minors offered by Departments and Centres, such as the five-credit Minor in Business.

An Honours degree in English and Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program focuses on the craft of key literary genres, as well as the material and social contexts of creative writing.  Prospective students to the English and Creative Writing program must submit a portfolio in the Winter term of their first year. 

An Honours degree in English and Contemporary Culture

English and Contemporary Culture is an alternative four-year honours program designed for those who wish to combine the study of English with studies in contemporary media and culture.

A Minor in English

Students may obtain a minor in English Literature within their degree program by successfully completing a four-credit course of study.

A Concurrent Honours BA/BEd

Students wishing to pursue a career in teaching may, through this program, complete the Pre-service Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree program (leading to an Ontario Certificate of Qualification) while earning their Honours English degree. See the Concurrent Education website.
A four-year Bachelor of Arts with Major, English and Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse Studies

This program has three streams: a stream in Creative Writing, a stream in Discourse and Rhetoric, and a stream in Journalism and Professional Writing. It combines study in English literature with training in professional writing, and is designed particularly for students planning for careers in areas which require demonstrated proficiency in writing for the workplace and for all who wish to augment their writing competencies.

A Minor in Professional Writing

Students in English or in other disciplines may obtain a minor in Professional Writing within their degree program by successfully completing a four-credit course of study in writing.

A Certificate in Professional Writing

Students not enrolled in a degree program may obtain a Certificate in Professional Writing by successfully completing a five-credit course of study in writing.

MA in English

The Department offers an MA in English with a Field of "Text/Community/Discourse."