Department of English Language and Literature

Undergraduate Programs

Major 

Students wishing to major in English must satisfy the general requirements set out by the Faculty of Arts, and   complete forty-two (42) credit hours in English including three (3) credit hours at the Introductory level – ENGL 1205.

The Major Program (42 credit hours) consists of:

  • Three (3) credit hours of ENGL 1205
  • Twelve (12) credit hours: Six (6) credit hours of ENGL 2307 and Six (6) credit hours in English at the 2000 level. (see detailed requirements in year 2)
  • Eighteen (18) credit hours in ENGL at the 3000 level (see detailed requirements in year 3)
  • Nine (9) credit hours in ENGL at the 4000 level

Suggested schedule and detailed requirements provided in the English Handbook

 English Handbook 2017-2018

Minor 

Students are welcome to declare a regular OR specialized Minor. A Minor consists of at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in English with a maximum of three (3) credit hours at the 1000 level and a minimum grade point average of 2.0.    Students may now Minor in 1) English 2) Creative Writing 3) Culture, Race and Resistance in Literature 4) Dramatic Literature or 5) English Language.

1)  Minor in English

 Any English course can be used to fulfill the regular English Minor.

2)  Minor in Creative Writing 

Students who declare a Minor in Creative Writing must take at least twelve (12) credit hours in Creative Writing in at least two of the four genres offered (fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction). Students are also required to take twelve (12) credit hours more in English courses beyond ENGL 1205.

Students who wish to Major in English and Minor in Creative Writing must take forty-eight (48) credit hours in English courses above ENGL 1205 and fulfill the requirements of both programs.

3)  Minor in Culture, Race and Resistance

An English minor in “Culture, Race and Resistance” brings together a diverse range of courses that explores issues of race, nation, globalization, social justice, activism, and cultural resistance. It enables students to specialize in the study of literature from transnational, translocal and interdisciplinary perspectives. The courses investigate postcolonial, anti-colonial, orientalist, black and Indigenous writing alongside theories of cultural and literary analysis. The literature examined covers a range of periods and cultures, and include topics such as African women’s writing, South Asian literature, Mi’kmaq literature, black Atlantic and black British literature, Irish literature, and critiques of race in contemporary consumer culture. The minor offers an exciting opportunity for students to explore how literature reflects and galvanizes resistant cultural movements in ways that remould our contemporary world.

4)  Minor in Dramatic Literature

A Minor in Dramatic Literature provides students with an opportunity to specialize in drama as a literary form read within a context of staging and theatre history and and from the perspective of performance theory.  A dedicated minor brings together courses covering drama from a wide array of historical, thematic, international, national, and regional backgrounds, beginning with the antique drama of Greece and Rome and extending to contemporary drama and performance; it enables students to explore dramatic literature from a range of theoretical and cultural approaches that shaped the study of drama and theatre in their vibrant and diverse responses to society, politics, ideology, history, culture, gender, sexuality, and race.  The Minor in Dramatic Literature offers students a unique and exciting opportunity to study one of the oldest genres of literary and cultural expression and to understand it as an agent of cultural and social critique and change across its long history.

5)  Minor in English Language

A Minor in English Language allows students to study the English language as a subject, explicitly focusing on its grammar, its history and varieties, its uses and users.  In taking the minor students will not only acquire extensive knowledge of English, but also learn how to describe a particular language and its varieities, and how to linguistically characteize instances of discourse in English – from everyday talk and texts to literary genres.  Such explicit knowledge of English is complementary to studies of English Literature, Linguistics, Modern Languages or indeed any field where explicit knowledge of the grammar, dialects, history, and discourse patterns of English might be useful.

Honours 

Students wishing to major in English with honours must satisfy the general requirements set out by the Faculty of Arts, and   complete sixty (60) credit hours in English including three (3) credit hours at the Introductory level – ENGL 1205.1(.2). 

The Honours program (60 credit hours) consists of:

  • Three (3) credit hours in ENGL 1205
  • Six (6) credit hours in ENGL 2307
  • Six (6) credit hours at the 2000 level (see detailed requirements in year 2 - ENGL 2205 is recommended)
  • Thirty (30) credit hours at the 3000 level (see detailed requirements in year 3)
  • Six (6) credit hours of the Honours Seminar
  • Nine (9) credit hours at the 4000 level

NOTE: Within the total 60 credit hours, at least three (3) credit hours must be selected from the following English Language courses: ENGL 2308, 2311, 3402, 4493

Suggested schedule and detailed requirements provided in the English Handbook

 English Handbook 2017-2018

Concentration

A minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in English is required to obtain a concentration in English in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General degree (i.e., one with Double Arts Concentrations and a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours).  Further details are available from the Chairperson.