English

English (ENGL)

Chairperson

G. Stanivukovic

Department Mission

The English department offers a wide variety of courses leading up to both major and minor concentrations in English, as well as an honours degree. The core of the program reflects a traditional approach to English studies, including literary-historical and genre courses. What makes the department distinctive, however, are a number of courses cross-listed with other disciplines or programs, such as Atlantic Canada Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Linguistics, Irish Studies, and Creative Writing. This feature allows students to expand their area of academic study in ways that reflect interdisciplinary approaches and their own developing interests.


The Major Program

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 in ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • Six (6) credit hours in ENGL 2307 Literary Traditions in English
  • Six (6) credit hours in ENGL at the 2000 level (ENGL 2205 Practical Criticism is recommended)
  • 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

Year 1

  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • Six (6) credit hours from one or two of the following: PHIL 1200 (no other Philosophy course satisfies this requirement); Mathematics [including MGSC 1205; MGSC 1206; and CISY 1225].
  • Nine (9) credit hours from at least two of the following Humanities: Classics, History, Religious Studies, English [other than ENGL 1205], Philosophy (other than PHIL 1200), and Modern Languages courses on languages, literature and culture
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from first year courses in the following social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology (a maximum of six (6) credits will be counted in any one area)

Year 2

  • ENGL 2307 Literary Traditions in English
  • Six (6) credit hours from 2000 level English courses (the Department recommends students take ENGL 2205 Practical Criticism as part of this requirement)
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from Arts courses at the 2000 level (may include English courses at the 2000 level beyond the above requirement)
  • Six (6) credit hours of electives

Year 3
Nine (9) credit hours from the following ENGL 3000 level courses in the pre-Twentieth Century period:

ENGL 3331, 3344, 3347, 3348, 3404, 3408, 3409, 3410, 3411, 3412, 3415, 3416, 34193444, 3445, 3446, 3447, 3452, 3458, 3481, 3482, 3483, 3484.

There may also be Special Author/Special Subject courses that fulfill the distribution requirements for 3000 level courses, if approved by the Department Chairperson.

  • Nine (9) credit hours in ENGL at the 3000 level
  • Six (6) credit hours from Arts courses at the 2000 level or above (may include English courses at the 3000 level beyond the above requirement)
  • Six (6) credit hours of electives

Year 4

  • Nine (9) credit hours from 4000 level ENGL courses
  • Nine (9) credit hours of Arts electives at the 2000 level or above (may include English courses at the 4000 level beyond the above requirement)
  • Twelve (12) credit hours of electives

The Minor Program in English

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 also minor in Creative Writing or Linguistics.

The Minor Program 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.


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.


The Honours Program

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.

The Honours program (60 credit hours) consists of:

  • Three (3) credit hours in ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • Six (6) credit hours in ENGL 2307 Literary Traditions in English
  • Six (6) credit hours at the 2000 level (see detailed requirements in year 2 - ENGL 2205 Practical Criticism 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

Year 1

  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • Six (6) credit hours from one or two of the following: PHIL 1200 (no other Philosophy course satisfies this requirement); Mathematics [including MGSC 1205MGSC 1206; and CISY 1225].
  • Nine (9) credit hours from at least two of the following Humanities: Classics, History, Religious Studies, English [other than ENGL 1205], Philosophy (other than PHIL 1200), and Modern Languages courses on languages, literature and culture
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from first year courses in the following social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology (a maximum of six (6) credits will be counted in any one area)

Year 2

  • ENGL 2307 Literary Traditions in English
  • Six (6) credit hours from 2000 level English courses (the Department recommends students take ENGL 2205 Practical Criticism as part of this requirement)
  • Nine (9) credit hours from Arts courses at the 2000 level (may include English courses at the 2000 level beyond the above requirement)
  • Nine (9) credit hours of electives

Year 3
Fifteen (15) credit hours, satisfying the following area requirements (with three (3) credit hours from each of Medieval and Renaissance Literature):

i. Medieval: ENGL 3404, 3439, 4405

ii. Renaissance: ENGL 3419, 3421, 3444, 34453446, 3447, 4422, 4423, 4424

iii. 18th Century: ENGL 3408; 3410, 3411, 3415, 3416

iv. 19th Century: ENGL 3344, 3347, 3348, 34813482, 3483, 3484

v. 20th Century/Contemporary: ENGL 3343, 3345, 3351, 3367, 3429, 3435, 3437, 3438, 3443, 3450, 3451, 3453, 3459, 3460, 3461, 3471, 3472.

There may also be Special Author/Special Subject courses that fulfill one or more of these distribution requirements for 3000 level course, if approved by the Department Chairperson

  • ENGL 3302 Literary Theory I
  • ENGL 3303 Literary Theory II
  • Nine (9) credit hours from ENGL 3000 level courses

Year 4
• Six (6) credit hours of the Honours Seminar (topics vary from year to year; students are encouraged to check the departmental calendar for offerings)
• Nine (9) credit hours from 4000 level English courses
• Fifteen (15) credit hours of electives courses including 3 credit hours ENGL Language course selected from ENGL 2308, 2311, 3402, 4493, 4494