Honours Program

Want to take your study of literature to the next level? The SFU English honours program gives qualified English majors the chance to conduct advanced research in literature or rhetoric.

Write a substantial paper (25-page) on a topic of your choice, supervised by a faculty member of your choosing.

Learn more about the honours program by contacting Undergraduate Student Advisor Kathryn Ward.

Note: We hold our Honours students to the highest degree of academic integrity.


  • A 3.5 GPA in English and a 3.0 CGPA are required.
  • Before applying to the honours program, complete ENGL 364: Literary Criticism: History, Theory, and Practice. It can be taken before or concurrently with English 494.

Apply to the Honours Program

Please download and complete the following application forms:

Please submit all application forms to Undergraduate Student Advisor Kathryn Ward.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring intake: November 15
  • Fall intake: July 15

Honours Symposium 2024

Congratulations to the honours students who presented at our 2024 symposium! Also, a huge thank you to the many people who came and supported them at this important event. Pictured below are two of the student presenters, Dash Marinets and Alexia Ziskos, with SFU English Undergraduate Chair Professor Diana Solomon and Professor Peter Cramer.

Picture 1 (left to right): Dash Marinets, Undergrad Chair Professor Diana Solomon, Alexia Ziskos; Picture 2 (left to right): Dash Marinets and Professor Peter Cramer


"The SFU English Honours program allowed me to explore my literary interests and begin to orient myself within the international scholarly community. The experience of working more closely with my professors on an honours essay allowed me to turn my passion for writing and research into a graduate career. The guidance and support provided by SFU faculty is unmatched. The Honours program is for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of a particular topic and learning more about literature (and the world) at large."

—Angela Wachowich, SFU English honours alumnus
and current English PhD student, University of Chicago