Department of English



The Department of English provides a unique and stimulating environment for English studies in Canada by offering a rich range of courses for critical study, creative work, and professional practice. Our integrated programs in Literature and in Rhetoric and Media Studies allow students to pursue an exciting combination of literary, textual, media, and rhetorical studies. Our small classes taught by dedicated and dynamic faculty foster an engaging learning environment and a meaningful undergraduate experience. 


Our programming equips graduates with the kind of knowledge and skills that provide an ideal foundation for future career choices and graduate study: the ability to understand and solve problems critically yet creatively, and the rhetorical and compositional techniques necessary to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in diverse media. Our students continue in media and public relations, development and communications, digital media, teaching in Canada and abroad, filmmaking, and not-for-profit advocacy. They also pursue graduate studies in literary, media, communications, and interdisciplinary programs at Laurentian and elsewhere in Canada and internationally.  

Three students are seated together around a laptop.

On campus, English students have the opportunity to join our student club which publishes the literary-arts journal Sulphur and to participate in workshops and presentations from guest authors, researchers, and media artists — including our Dbaajmawak Indigenous Writers Series. Off campus, Laurentian’s situation in an urban area close to Killarney and Algonquin Parks, the Muskokas, and Manitoulin island offers an unparalleled intersection of learning, research, campus life, outdoor living, northern lakes, and downtown cafes.

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“The professionalism of the Laurentian University Department of English is second only to its friendliness and courtesy. The English Department takes the time and effort to build and maintain a sense of openness towards its students which anyone can feel the second they walk onto the 7th floor. I have had my fair share of questions over the years and every time I go to see someone, I am always met with open arms and I always leave feeling confident about the solution to my problem and the quality of advice given to me by the staff. ”

- Dane Sauve 2018
ELIT Specialization