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Curriculum & Courses

BA English (Honours) Major Curriculum

In the first year, students gain a broad, interdisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and methodologies and complete foundational studies in fictional and non-fictional texts.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

In second and third year, students  build a strong foundation in theory and methodology and study English research methods, engage in experiential learning by selecting a Practicum course from a range of electives (i.e., the 300-series courses), and increase their  breadth of knowledge and hone their literary skills by selecting a variety of English Electives.

Students can also consider studying abroad in the Winter Term of Third Year.

Required Courses

  • ENG 810 Approaches to English Research (second year)
  • ENG 400 Literary and Cultural Theory (third year)

            One of in second year:

  • ENG 302 Practicum: Writing in the Arts
  • ENG 304 Practicum: Making Digital Work
  • ENG 306 Practicum: Writing Poetry
  • ENG 307 Practicum: Writing Fiction
  • ENG 308 Practicum: Grammar Principles for Editors
  • ENG 340 Practicum: Making Little Magazines
  • ENG 390 Practicum: Open Topics

            Two of; one in each of second and third year:

  • ENG 421 16C Literature and Culture
  • ENG 422 17C Literature and Culture
  • ENG 531 18C Literature and Culture
  • ENG 632 19C Literature and Culture
  • ENG 634 Romantic Explorations
  • ENG 635 Modernism

    One of in third year:

  • ENG 223 Literatures of Exile and Migration
  • ENG 413 Literature, Empire and Colonization
  • ENG 620 Literatures of the Caribbean
  • ENG 623 Film/Literature: Middle East, North Africa
  • ENG 640 Literatures of Asia and its Diasporas
  • ENG 650 Indigenous World View
  • ENG 653 Black Literatures and Cultures
  • ENG 942 Decolonizing Literature

and

  • SSH 301 Research Design and Qualitative Methods (second year)

Elective Courses

In fourth year, students develop and showcase high-level research and writing skills and satisfy any remaining elective requirements.

Required Course

  • ENG 910 English Capstone Seminar

Elective Courses

Core English Electives (Table II)

Areas of Study Courses
Media + Cultural Studies
  • ENG 590 Studies in Word and Image
  • ENG 611 Film and Literature
  • ENG 703 Popular Literatures
  • ENG 705 Studies in Visual Cultures
  • ENG 706 Shakespeare and Performance
  • ENG 921 Narrative in a Digital Age
  • ENG 941 Gender and Sex in Literature and Culture
World Views + Experiences

  • ENG 142 Black Arts, Black Power
  • ENG 223 Literatures of Exile and Migration
  • ENG 409 Literatures of the City
  • ENG 413 Literature, Empire and Colonization
  • ENG 416 American Literatures
  • ENG 417 Special Topics in American Literatures
  • ENG 620 Literatures of the Caribbean
  • ENG 621 Women's Texts, Global Contexts
  • ENG 623 Film/Lit: Middle East, North Africa
  • ENG 640 Literatures of Asia and its Diasporas
  • ENG 650 Indigenous World View
  • ENG 653 Black Literatures and Cultures
  • ENG 701 Canadian Literatures
  • ENG 710 Special Topics in Canadian Literatures
  • ENG 942 Decolonizing Literature
Literary Histories + Movements
Creative Writing
  • ENG 230 Creativity, Writing and Everyday Life
  • ENG 406 Visionary Poetics
  • ENG 407 Writing Short Stories
  • ENG 517 Techniques and Topics in Creative Writing
  • ENG 577 Getting the Word Out: Publishing
  • ENG 662 Shiny Writing: The Editing Process
Rhetoric, Writing + Culture
  • ENG 200 Writing as a Cultural Act
  • ENG 520 The Language of Persuasion
  • ENG 529 Controversies of Public Discourse
  • ENG 730 The Social Life of Books
Genre Studies
Independent Study/Experiential Learning