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Think critically & creatively

Words make worlds. Gain insight into the world of ideas. Deepen your knowledge of language, literature, and writing. Understand the role of the written word in reflecting and shaping culture. Think critically, creatively, and deeply. Discuss, defend, refine, and argue your ideas with others.

The Department of English offers a wide range of courses covering the spectrum of English studies from Print Culture to Creative Writing, Performance Studies to Writing and Rhetoric, Old English language to Postmodern poetry, and Shakespeare and Chaucer to contemporary Indigenous, Settler, and Diasporic literatures.

In addition to the major, minor, creative writing minor, and honours program, students can also choose from blended and online courses, take advantage of cooperative education opportunities, enroll in one of our interdisciplinary certificates, or pursue a joint degree with Communications, French, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (GSWS), History, and Humanities.

The Department of English also gives students the opportunity to participate in field schools to work with the department's writer-in-residence, and even to assist faculty with research.

Where can English take you?

  • Book, multimedia, 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

Why study English?

The history of literature, the study of the English language, and training in precise and meaningful writing are important components of English. By refining research and critical thinking abilities and learning to write cogently and persuasively, English students will be able to interpret the written word and use it effectively.

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