Is English for you?

How can we squish what it means to study English into one short paragraph?

Try this on: To study English is to study language’s fundamental role in making the world and our experience of it.

To study with us is to share the classroom with a faculty that has won more teaching awards than any department at SFU, all while authoring and editing a disproportionate number of scholarly books and articles, not to mention award-winning fiction, poetry, and drama.

In all, to study English at SFU is to study with a faculty that punches far above its weight.

Then there’s the fact that to study English at SFU is to work alongside insatiably curious, whip-smart students—students who see things in language most people miss entirely, students who do things with language most people didn’t even know could be done.

Where to go from here?

Our department is not a job-training site. That doesn’t mean, however, that people don’t get jobs with training in English. Just the opposite. There are PhDs, obviously, but there are also CEOs and even PMs — to study English is not to close off opportunity but to open it.

Indeed, some of our own alum, including lawyers, professors, novelists, judges, social workers, teachers, marketers, editors, and publishers, are so eager to disabuse the myth of the starving English major/minor that they’ve banded together in something we call the English Network, a remarkable job and networking resource available only to SFU English students.

Want to know more?

SFU English offers an embarrassment of riches: 

  • field schools in France, Italy, and the U.K.
  • certificates in creative writing, performance studies, and writing and rhetoric
  • joint majors with Communications, Humanities, French literature, History, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • ever-expanding co-op opportunities
  • a vibrant honours experience
  • courses in everything from classical rhetoric to contemporary poetry

Get in Touch

Undergraduate students
Kathryn Ward, Undergraduate Advisor
engladv@sfu.ca 

Graduate students
Christa Gruninger, Graduate Secretary
englgrad@sfu.ca

Website: www.sfu.ca/english

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