English Language & Literature

Faculty of Humanities

English Language & Literature

Why Choose This Program?

Roughly half of the students who have entered our program have gone on to PhD programs.  In addition to those programs listed on our Students and Alumni page, our students have also been accepted into PhD programs at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, York University, and the University of Stirling (UK). However, we take great care to ensure that our students understand that PhD studies are not the only option for graduates with a strong Master of Arts.


All Master of Arts candidates have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants, the freedom to engage in research projects of their own design, the access to faculty expertise to ensure that those projects are completed as professionally as possible, and the experience of organizing a year-end symposium during which they can share their work-in-progress with the department, prospective candidates, and other key members of the University community.

Research at Brock

As mutually informing concepts, the terms of our Field - "text," "community" and "discourse" - suggest the power of texts to reflect and to shape both communities of origin and communities of reception. The Program also focuses critical attention on the kinds of negotiation - both material and theoretical - attending the production, performance and reception of texts. Literary and textual problems acquire richer significance when viewed in relation to the ways in which texts, both literary and non-literary, are produced and used in the often conflicting discourses that constitute the culture of a community.

The field is strongly supported by the Department's research expertise. Department members are currently actively researching the intersections of texts, communities and discourses in a wide range of areas.