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English Program

As a discipline, English includes the study of literature and the practice of writing, in order to help students discover their own ideas and articulate them as completely and cogently as possible. The English program provides students with a strong foundation in literature, literary theory, and writing. To ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of English literature, the program begins with the British tradition and extends to the broader realms of Canadian, American, and other literatures in English. This approach covers foundational genres, periods, movements, and authors as well as contemporary expressions of literature. The program aims for coverage of English literary history not merely for completeness but also to teach students to think, read and listen critically, and to use language with clarity, judgment, and imagination.

Since English is one of the programs in the Humanities Department, all English students also take a series of humanities courses, which include academic writing, the Christian intellectual tradition, cognate credits in history, philosophy, and religion, and a humanities capstone course.

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will develop:

  • Understanding: Graduates will be able to articulate their rich understanding of the human story, as expressed in literatures from diverse Western, Indigenous Canadian, and other world cultures.
  • Research: Graduates will be able to apply advanced research skills employed in the study of literature to solve problems and advance knowledge.
  • Analysis: Graduates will be able to apply the skill of critical thinking, using the methods, approaches, and theories appropriate to the discipline of English to analyze diverse and complex forms of information.
  • Communication: Graduates will be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and compellingly to impart knowledge and express themselves.
  • Character: Graduates will exemplify maturity of character which represents the best of the Christian intellectual tradition and a liberal arts education, and which expresses itself in wisdom, integrity, service to neighbour and society, and responsibility towards the world in which they live.

Career and Education Paths

The graduating student will:

  • be prepared to enter a wide range of vocations that require writing competence, analytical thought, and a broad base of literary knowledge;
  • be prepared to enter Education and other after-degree programs;
  • be prepared to enter graduate programs after the four-year degree.

Bachelor of Arts: English Concentration (3 year – 90 credits)

The English concentration provides students with a solid introduction to the study of English literature and writing.

Bachelor of Arts: English Concentration Program Requirements (90 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Humanities Requirements (18 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits in History (HI) at the 300-level
3 credits in Philosophy (PH) at the 300-level
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the 300-level
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

English Requirements (33 credits)
EN 221 English Literature to 1800
EN 222 English Literature from 1800
EN 232 Reading Poetry
EN 295 Advanced Writing Skills
EN 300 Canadian Literature
EN 389 Early Literary Theory
EN 390 Modern Literary Theory
12 credits in English (EN), with a minimum of 6 credits in literature before 1850, a minimum of 6 credits in literature after 1850, and a minimum of 6 credits at the 300-level or higher

Electives
     Arts and Science or Open Electives (6 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in EN courses

 

Bachelor of Arts: English Literature Major (4 year – 120 credits)

The four-year major in English deepens and broadens the scope of the three-year degree. Students who intend to enter graduate school or other forms of post-secondary education should pursue the four-year degree, and they should also consult the Department Chair early in their studies.

Bachelor of Arts: English Literature Major Program Requirements (120 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Humanities Requirements (18 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits in History (HI) at the 300-level
3 credits in Philosophy (PH) at the 300-level
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the 300-level
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

English Requirements (42 credits)
EN 221 English Literature to 1800
EN 222 English Literature from 1800
EN 232 Reading Poetry
EN 295 Advanced Writing Skills
EN 300 Canadian Literature
EN 389 Early Literary Theory
EN 390 Modern Literary Theory
21 credits in English (EN), with a minimum of 9 credits in literature before 1850, a minimum of 9 credits in literature after 1850, and a minimum of 9 credits at the 300-level or higher and a minimum of 6 credits at the 400-level

Electives
To meet senior level requirements in the program, 12 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.
     Arts and Science or Open Electives (27 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of Core Requirements
  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined   above)
  • A minimum of 72 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 72 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in EN courses