English is for students who enjoy reading and research, have a sensitivity to language and to honing arguments through writing.

English will be of particular interest to students who have a desire to think critically and creatively about ideas, and to engage in conversation with others about those ideas.

English provides opportunities to gain insight into the world of ideas, to deepen knowledge of great literature and the role of literature in reflecting and shaping culture, and to apply that knowledge. 

The history of literature, the study of our language, and training in precise and meaningful writing are important components of English. By refining your research and critical thinking abilities, and by learning to write cogently and persuasively, studying English will help you learn to create and interpret the written word.


English offers over 150 courses that range across the complete spectrum of English Studies, from Old English and Shakespeare to contemporary Canadian and Asian North American literatures.

English also offers comprehensive distance education courses and cooperative education opportunities. Students can choose from a variety of program options, or enroll in one of our joint major programs with Communications, French, GSWS (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies), History, and Humanities.

English offers students the opportunity to participate in various Field Schools, to work with the Department’s Writer-in-Residence, and even to assist faculty with research.

Where can English take you?

  • Book, multi-media, and magazine environments
  • Government policy analyst or researcher
  • Public relations and communications, broadcasting and journalism
  • Consulting firms
  • Community and social service workers
  • Public administration
  • International development agencies and organizations
  • Education and academia

For more information, please contact our Advisor.