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English Degree Options

Specializations, Majors, and Minors

Department of English

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English Literature, Media, and Writing

In 2021-22, the English Department will begin offering a new suite of programs in English Literature, Media, and Writing (ELMW), including a specialization, major, minor, and 3-year concentration. These new programs foreground the integral relationship between compositional and critical-reading practices. 

These new programs will replace former ones in English Literature (ELIT) as well as in English Rhetoric and Media Studies (ERMS). Students who began one of the older programs in 2020-21 or earlier will be able to complete them without disruption. The Department of English has developed a transition plan to ensure that all current students who are in ELIT or ERMS may continue in and graduate from these programs. However, students currently in these older programs may--but are not required to--switch to the new program.

 

How does the ELMS program work?

ELMW foregrounds the relationship between writing and critical reading. To do this, the program requires students to take a certain amount of credits in four different types of courses: Core courses, Practice-based courses, Case-based courses, and fourth-year seminars.

 

Core courses

ELMW's core courses develop students' skills, abilities, and knowledge over the first three years of the program.  First-year core courses (ENGL 1705, 1706, 1707, and 1717) introduce students to genre and textual analysis. In the two "Texts in Contexts" courses (ENGL 2056 and ENGL 3056), students survey a selection of texts (connected thematically) from across a number of historical periods, developing critical perspectives on the analysis of texts in English. Two critical reading and theory core courses (ENGL 2057 and ENGL 3057) introduce students to increasingly advanced and diverse modes of critical reading, textual analysis, and composition practices.

 

Practice-based courses

These courses focus on developing students’ compositional practices. In them, students will learn and exercise compositional practices central to several genres and/or media (e.g. non-fiction, environmental communication, science writing, documentary film-making, poetry, short fiction). As well, these courses require students’ experimentation with these practices. 

 

Case-based courses

These courses focus on developing students’ critical reading practices. In these courses, students will learn to apply several methods of textual analysis to literature, film, and other media, honing their compositional skills in several genres (e.g. essays, podcasts, presentations). The writing studied in these courses is selected to form case studies of writing from historical periods or geographic locations and of writing exploring particular themes. 

 

Fourth-year seminars

The 4th-year seminars offer students the opportunity to explore and initiate advanced and creative lines of inquiry in relation to selected material. All together, the core courses offer a disciplinary framework for students’ further work in practice- and case-based courses.

 

How can current students continue in and graduate from ELIT and ERMS programs?

ELIT

  • ENGL 2005 (6 cr) has been replaced with two 3-credit courses:
    • ENGL 2056 -- Texts in Historical Contexts
    • ENGL 3056 -- Texts in Modern and Contemporary Contexts 
  • ENGL 4105 (6 cr) has been replaced with two 3-credit courses:
    • ENGL 2057 -- Critical Reading and Textual Analysis
    • ENGL 3057 -- Introduction to Critical Theories 

Students needing ENGL 2005 must take ENGL 2056 and ENGL 3056 

  • Note that in 2021-22, the Department will offer only ENGL 2056; ENGL 3056 will be offered for the first time in 2022-23

Students needing/choosing ENGL 4105 must take ENGL 2057 and ENGL 3057 

Group courses will continue to be offered

  • TIP: the second digit of 3000-level courses indicates the group to which it belongs (e.g. ENGL 3126 belongs to Group 1; ENGL 3496 belongs to Group 4).

 

ERMS

  • ENGL 4105 (6 cr) has been replaced with two 3-credit courses:
    • ENGL 2057 -- Critical Reading and Textual Analysis
    • ENGL 3057 -- Introduction to Critical Theories 

Students needing/choosing ENGL 4105 must take ENGL 2057 and ENGL 3057

  • The ERMS cores courses--ENGL 2546 and ENGL 2846--will be offered by the department in 2021-22
  • Practice-based courses are equivalent to ERMS electives

 

Older Program Requirements

English Literature (ELIT)

Grounded in literary criticism and theory, ELIT develops students’ interpretive and communicative skills. Students acquire a range of critical reading practices, sharpening their ability to respond to a historically and geographically wide scope of literary texts and genres.

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or BSc.
Note: Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

4 year B.A. with Specialization in ELIT

Program Plans and Advising Forms:

Students Registered Before September 2017

Students Registered September 2017 or Later

 

4 year B.A. with Major in ELIT

Program Plans and Advising Forms:

Students Registered Before September 2017

Students Registered September 2017 or Later

 

4 year B.A. with Minor in English Literature (24 credits)

Program Plans and Advising Forms:

Students Registered Before September 2017

Students Registered September 2017 or Later

English Rhetoric and Media Studies (ERMS)

ERMS is based on rhetorical theory, which is the study of how people use language to affect other people and the world around them. The program develops students’ abilities to critique and to craft written, oral, and visual texts in various genres of filmmaking, literary composition, public discourse, and professional communication.

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or BSc.
Note: Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.


4 year B.A. with Specialization in ERMS​

Program Plans and Advising Forms:

Students Registered Before September 2017

Students Registered September 2017 or Later


4 year B.A. with Major in ERMS

Program Plans and Advising Forms:

Students Registered Before September 2017

Students Registered September 2017 or Later

 

4 year B.A. with Minor in ERMS (24 credits)

Program Plans and Advising Forms:

Students Registered Before September 2017

Students Registered September 2017 or Later

 

Program Plans and Advising Forms

Students Registered

Before September 2017

Students Registered

September 2017 or Later

4 year BA with specialization in ELIT

4 year BA with specialization in ELIT

4 year BA with major in ELIT

4 year BA with major in ELIT

4 year BA with minor in ELIT

4 year BA with minor in ELIT

​4 year BA with specialization in ERMS

​4 year BA with specialization in ERMS

4 year BA with major in ERMS

4 year BA with major in ERMS

4 year BA with minor in ERMS

4 year BA with minor in ERMS

3 year BA in English

3 year BA in English

 

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