Undergraduate study in English
What can you study in English?
By taking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English you can study texts from all over the English-speaking world, and literature from the medieval period up to the present. You can examine the roles texts have played in different cultures and at different periods. You can consider the different ways readers have approached texts, and how gender, race and other aspects of our identities have influenced writers and readers.
You will pay close attention to how texts achieve their effects and develop your skills in critical thinking. There are also opportunities to develop your own writing practice, including creative writing.
Structuring your major in English
You can take a major in English as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.
If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018
- For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
- For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.
- For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.
Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in English. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.
You must pass the following courses as part of the English major:
- One course from ENGLISH 213, 214, 219, 265, 310, 313, 340, 353
Scholarships and awards
Help and advice
For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.
If you would like to find out more about studying English, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.