English - Literature and Rhetoric

A program as diverse as you are

We provide a unique environment for English studies in Canada.

Students pursuing a BA degree can choose from two options: English Literature (ELIT) and English Rhetoric and Media Studies (ERMS). Our program integrates these two options through a number of shared courses.

The ELIT option, grounded in literary criticism and theory, 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 range of literary texts and genres.

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

Academic Advisor

Susan Glover

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 4370

Email: sglover@laurentian.ca

Office: Secretary: Emy-Anne Adam, 705.675.1151 x 4340, eadam@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Please visit the English Department's webpage for up to date information on events and courses. Our program equips graduates with the kind of skills and practices that employers always need: people who can solve complex problems, communicate clearly with a wide range of people and create stylish texts and films that both inspire and inform. 

 

Relevant graduate study opportunities at Laurentian:

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programs

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

Students may choose specializations in English Literature or Rhetoric and Media Studies

 

Specialization in English Literature (ELIT) 

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
6 elective credits of scientific literacy
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
6 elective credits

 

Second and Third Years

ENGL 2005E     Literatures in English

18 credits from selected from among 3 of the English Groups, Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4

6 credits of English ERMS electives

6 additional credits in English electives

24 elective credits

 

Fourth Year

ENGL 4105E     Theory and Criticism

6 credits from ENGL 4000 level seminars, at least 3 of which must be in ELIT or ENGL 4695E   Honours Essay

6 additional credits in English electives

12 elective credits

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Specialization in Rhetoric and Media Studies (ERMS)  

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
6 elective credits scientific literacy
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
6 elective credits

Second and Third Years

ENGL 2546E     Rhetorical Principles

ENGL/FILM 2846E     Rhetoric of Film and Image

6 credits from English Groups 1 or 2

6 credits from English Groups 3 or 4

18 additional credits in English ERMS electives

24 elective credits

Fourth Year

ENGL 4105E     Theory and Criticism

6 credits from ENGL 4000 level seminars, at least 3 of which must be in ERMS

         or ENGL 4695E     Honours Essay

6 additional credits in English electives

12 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in English Literature (ELIT) 

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E

ENGL 2005E     Literatures in English

6 credits from English Groups 1 or 2

6 credits from English Groups 3 or 4

6 credits from English Groups 1, 2, 3, or 4

ENGL 4105E     Theory and Criticism

6 additional credits in Engish electives

78 elective credits*

Notes:

  • Students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
  • If a student wishes to complete a Major in English Literature and a Minor in Rhetoric, the ENGL 1705 requirement is to be replaced with 6 cr of any upper-year ENGL course.

 

Major in Rhetoric and Media Studies (ERMS) 

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E

ENGL 2546E     Rhetorical Principles

ENGL/FILM 2846E     Rhetoric of Film and Image

6 credits from English Groups 1, 2, 3, or 4

6 credits from English 4000 level seminars, at least 3 of which must be in ERMS

        or ENGL 4105E     Theory and Criticism  OR  ENGL 4695E     Honours Essay

18 additional credits in English ERMS electives

78 elective credits*

Notes:

  • Students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
  • If a student wishes to complete a Major in Rhetoric and Media Studies and a Minor in English Literature, the ENGL 1705 requirement is to be replaced with 6 cr of any upper-year ENGL course

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in English

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in English

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
6 elective credits of scientific literacy
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
6 elective credits

Upper Years

ENGL 2005E     Literatures in English

18 credits from among English Groups 1, 2, 3, 4

6 additional credits in ENGL

30 elective credits

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in English Literature (ELIT) 

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E

ENGL 2005E     Literatures in English

6 credits in any Group course (i.e. 31xx, 32xx, 33xx, or 34xx)

6 credits in ENGL

* if a student wishes to complete a Major in Rhetoric and Media Studies and a Minor in English Literature, this requirement is to be replaced with 6 cr of any upper-year ENGL course

 

Minor in Rhetoric and Media Studies (ERMS) 

ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies

     OR  ENGL 1706E  +  one of ENGL 1707E or ENGL 1717E

ENGL 2546E     Rhetorical Principles

ENGL/FILM 2846E     Rhetoric of Film and Image

6 credits in English ERMS electives at the 3000 level

6 additional credits in English electives

* if a student wishes to complete a Major in English Literature and a Minor in Rhetoric and Media Studies, this requirement is to be replaced with 6 cr of any English ERMS elective

 

Elective courses

English Electives:
     Any upper-year ENGL or FILM course
     Any ERMS electives or extra group courses
     Or a maximum of 12 credits from these courses:
          ANCS 2016E     Classical Mythology
          ANCS 2036E     The Ancient World in Film
          ANCS 2116E     The Ancient Novel (3)
          ANCS 2136E     Greek and Latin Roots of English
          ANCS 3016E     Xenophon and Greek History
          ANCS 3116E     Ancient Greek Epic
          ANCS 3226E     Greek and Roman Tragedy
          INDG 2616E     Canadian Native Literature: Exploring Genre

          INDG 2617E     Canadian Native Literature: Novels and Plays
          RLST 2336E     Religious Themes in Literature I

          RLST 2337E     Religious Themes in Literature II
          THEA 2246E     Theatre History I

          THEA 2247E      Theatre History II
          THEA 2357E     Canadian Theatre
          THEA 3246E     Theatre History III

          THEA 3247E      Theatre History IV

 

ERMS Electives:

ENGL 2626E     Critical Approaches

ENGL 2646E     The Study and Evolution of the English Language
ENGL/FILM 2835E     American Film Directors
ENGL/FILM 2815E     World Cinema
ENGL 3157E     Women’s Writing in the16th & 17th Centuries
ENGL 3256E     Women of Letters in the Eighteenth Century
ENGL 3257E     Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing

ENGL 3346E     Modern Women's Writing

ENGL 3347E     Contemporary Women's Writing  
ENGL 3405E     Canadian Thought and Culture
ENGL 3416E     American thought and Culture
ENGL 3507E     Writer’s Voice
ENGL 3516E     Creative Writing

ENGL 3517E     Studies in Creative Writing

ENGL 3526E     Rhetorical Traditions
ENGL 3527E     Rhetorical Criticism
ENGL 3536E     Environmental Communication
ENGL 3556E     Principles and Practices of Professional Writing
ENGL/FILM 3836E     Women & Film
ENGL/FILM 3846E     Applied Media Aesthetics
ENGL/FILM 3847E     Film Theory
Or a maximum of 12 credits from:
      All CINE courses
      DEUT 2216N     German Cinema
      ESPA 3226N     Film in Spain and Latin America
      HIST 3916E     Propaganda, Politics and Film
      HIST 3917E     Fascism on Film
      MUSC 2046E     Soundtracks: Music in the Movies
      ITAL 2216N     Italian Cinema
      PHIL 2505E     Critical Thinking and Argument
      PHIL 2716E     Philosophy and Film
      PHIL 2746E     Communications Media and Values
      RLST 2365E     Religion in Film
      WGSX 2106E     Representations of Women & Gender in the News Media
      WGSX 3326E     Girl Cultures
 

Group Courses

Electives
ENGL 2606E     Backgrounds to Western Literature I

ENGL 2607E     Backgrounds to Western Literature II
ENGL 2626E     The Bible & Literature
ENGL 2626E     Critical Approaches
ENGL 2656E     Northern Ontario Literature
ENGL 2676E     Popular Literature & Culture I

ENGL 2677E     Popular Literature & Culture II

 

Group 1
ENGL 3145E     16th & 17th Century Poetry & Prose
ENGL 3175E     Medieval & Early Modern Drama
ENGL 3105E     Medieval Poetry & Prose
ENGL 3125E     Shakespeare
ENGL 3157E     16th & 17th Century Women’s Writing
ENGL 3196E     Core Seminar – Group 1
ENGL 3195E     Special Topics in Medieval & Renaissance Lit

 

Group 2
ENGL 3245E     English Literature of the 18th Century
ENGL 3206E     The 18th Century English Novel

ENGL 3207E     The 19th Century English Novel
ENGL 3215E     English Literature of the Romantic Period
ENGL 3235E     Victorian Literature
ENGL 3256E     Women of Letters of the 18th Century
ENGL 3257E     19th Century Women’s Writing
ENGL 3296E     Core Seminar Group 2
ENGL 3295E     Special Topics in 18th & 19th Century Lit

 

Group 3
ENGL 3326E     Modern Novel
ENGL 3305E     Postcolonial Literary Studies
ENGL 3327E     Contemporary Novel
ENGL 3335E     Modern & Contemporary Poetry
ENGL 3316E     Modern Drama

ENGL 3317E     Contemporary Drama
ENGL 3346E     Modern Women’s Writing

ENGL 3347E     Contemporary Women’s Writing
ENGL 3396E     Core Seminar Group 3
ENGL 3395E     Special Topics in Modern & Contemporary Lit

 

Group 4
ENGL 3445E     A Survey of Canadian Literature
ENGL 3405E     Canadian Thought and Culture
ENGL 3416E     American Thought and Culture
ENGL 3465E     American Lit to 1865
ENGL 3485E     Modern & Contemporary American Writers
ENGL 3496E     Core Seminar Group 4
ENGL 3495E     Special Topics in North American Lit

 

ERMS
ENGL 2546E     Rhetorical Principles
ENGL 3526E     Rhetorical Traditions
ENGL 3527E     Rhetorical Criticisms
ENGL 3556E     Principles Workplace Communications
ENGL 3536E     Environmental Communication
ENGL 3516E     Creative Writing

ENGL 2517E     Studies in Creative Writing
ENGL 3507E     Writer’s Voice
ENGL 3596E     Core Seminar ERMS

ENGL/FILM 2835E     American Film Directors
ENGL/FILM 2846E     Rhetoric of Film & Image
ENGL/FILM 2815E     World Cinema
ENGL/FILM 3836E     Women & Film
ENGL/FILM 3846E     Applied Media Aesthetics
ENGL/FILM 3847E     Film TheoryGroup Courses

 

Additional English Electives

The following courses may be used as ENGL electives:

ANCS 3016E     Xenophon and Greek Historiography

MUSC 2046E     Soundtracks: Music in Movies

RLST 2336E     Religious Themes in Literature I    

RLST 2337E     Religious Themes in Literature II

RLST 2365E     Religion in Film

THEA 2246E     Theatre History I    

THEA 2247E     Theatre History II

THEA 3246E     Theatre History III

THEA 3247E     Theatre History IV

THEA 3357E     Canadian Theatre

 

Minor in Canadian Studies 

Students must complete 24 credits from at least three subject areas from among the following courses:

ENGL 3405E     Canadian Thought and Culture

ENGL 3445E     A Survey of Canadian Literature

FREN 2717F     Thèmes de la littérature canadienne-française

FREN 2786F     Littérature et culture au Canada français

GEOG 2246E     Political Geography: Canadian Issues

GEOG 2247E     Economic Geography: Canadian Issues

GEOG 3497E     Geography of Northern Canada: Developmental Issues

HIST 1406E     Canadian History: Pre-Confederation

HIST 1407E     Canadian History: Post-Confederation

HIST 2136E     History of French Canada

HIST 3066E     Cities in Canada: an Historical Perspective

HIST 3106E     History of the Canadian Family

HIST 3156E     History of Education in Canada

HIST 3166E     History of Women in Canada

HIST 3176E     Canada in World Affairs

HIST 3196E     Canada in the 20th Century: Selected Problems

HIST 3216E     The First Nations in Canada in Historical Perspective

HIST 3286E     Canadian Military History

INDG 2616E     Canadian Native Literature: Exploring Genre

INDG 2617E     Canadian Native Literature: Novels and Plays

INDG 3105E     Canadian Law, Politics and Aboriginal People

THEA 3357E     Canadian Theatre

Note:    Students should verify the prerequisites for any of the above courses in planning their course selection

 

Minor in Early Modern Studies 

Students must complete 6 credits from each of Groups A (English), B (History), and C (Classics, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy), and an additional 6 credits from the group of their choice.  A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

 

Group A (English)

ENGL 3105E     16th and 17th Century Poetry and Prose

ENGL 3125E     Shakespeare

ENGL 3145E     Medieval Poetry and Prose

ENGL 3157E     Women’s Writing in the 16th and 17th Century

ENGL 3175E     Medieval and Early Modern Drama

ENGL 3195E     Selected Topics in Medieval and Renaissance literature

ENGL 3196E     Core Seminar Group I

 

Group B (History)

HIST 2406E     Early Modern British History

HIST 2547E     Later Medieval Europe

HIST 3606E     The Reformation and Counter-Reformation

HIST 3616E     History of Women and the Family in the Pre-Industrial Era

HIST 4466E     Tudor Britain

HIST 4467E     Stuart Britain

HIST 4517E     Later Medieval Chronicles

HIST 4526E     The Pre-Industrial Life-Cycle

HIST 4536E     Gender in Early Modern Europe

 

Group C (Classics, Modern languages, Music, Philosophy)

ANCS 2005E     Greek Mythology

ANCS 2016E     Classical Mythology

ANCS 2136E     Greek and Latin Roots of English

ANCS 3226E     Greek and Roman Tragedy

ESPA 4116N     Love and Death in Medieval Spain

ESPA 4156N     Cervantes’ Don Quijote: From the Renaissance to a Modern Vision

GREC 2115E     Introductory Greek

ITAL 4116N     Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Medieval Tradition

ITAL 4216N     Petrarch, Boccaccio and the Invention of Humanism

ITAL 4226N     Italian Literary Culture in the Age of Baroque and of the Enlightenment

ITAL 4247N     The Idea of the Italian Renaissance

LATN 2115E     Introductory Latin

MUSC 2006E     Music of the Baroque Period

MUSC 4016E     Music of the Middle Ages

MUSC 4017E     Music of the Renaissance

PHIL 2325E     Reason and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy

Note:    Students should verify the prerequisites for any of the above courses in planning their course selection

 

Year:

ENGL-1511EL - Academic Reading and Writing for Aboriginal Students I ENGL-1512EL - Academic Reading and Writing for Aboriginal Students II ENGL-1540EL - ENGL-1550EL - Academic Reading and Writing ENGL-1705EL - Introduction to Writing and English Studies ENGL-1706EL - Introduction to Writing and English Studies I ENGL-1707EL - Introduction to Writing and English Stud ENGL-2005EL - Literatures in English ENGL-2016EL - Science Writing in the Public Sphere ENGL-2515EL - Composition and Rhetorical Theory ENGL-2546EL - Rhetorical Principles ENGL-2626EL - Critical Approaches ENGL-2636EL - Detective Fiction ENGL-2637EL - Children' Literature ENGL-2656EL - Northern Ontario Literature ENGL-2676EL - Popular Literature and Culture I ENGL-2677EL - Popular Literature and Culture II ENGL-2826EL - Rhetoric of Documentary Films ENGL-2827EL - Documentary Film Making ENGL-2846EL - Rhetoric of Film and Image FILM-2805EL - Film Foundations: Technique, Theory and History FILM-2826EL - Rhetoric of Documentary Films FILM-2827EL - Documentary Film Making ENGL-3106EL - Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose ENGL-3107EL - Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose ENGL-3126EL - Introduction to Shakespeare ENGL-3127EL - Shakespeare in Context ENGL-3145EL - Medieval Poetry and Prose ENGL-3157EL - Women's Writing in the 16th and 17th Century ENGL-3175EL - Medieval and Early Modern Drama ENGL-3195EL - Selected Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature ENGL-3196EL - Core Seminar Group 1 ENGL-3206EL - The 18th Century English Novel ENGL-3207EL - The 19th Century English Novel ENGL-3215EL - English Literature of the Romantic Period ENGL-3235EL - Victorian Literature ENGL-3246EL - Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature ENGL-3247EL - Literature of Sensibility and Revolution ENGL-3256EL - Women of Letters in the 18th Century
ENGL-3257EL - 19th Century Women's Writing ENGL-3295EL - Special Topics in 18th and 19th Century Literature ENGL-3296EL - Core Seminar Group 2 ENGL-3305EL - Postcolonial Literary Studies ENGL-3326EL - The Modern Novel ENGL-3327EL - The Contemporary Novel ENGL-3346EL - Modern Women's Writing ENGL-3347EL - Contemporary Women's Writing ENGL-3395EL - Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature ENGL-3396EL - Core Seminar Group 3 ENGL-3405EL - Canadian Thought and Culture ENGL-3411EL - Canadian Indigenous Poetics ENGL-3445EL - A Survey of Canadian Literature ENGL-3456EL - Indigenous Literatures in Canada I ENGL-3465EL - American Literature to 1865 ENGL-3486EL - American Modernism ENGL-3487EL - Contemporary American Literature ENGL-3496EL - Core Seminar Group 4 ENGL-3507EL - Writer's Voice ENGL-3516EL - Creative Writing ENGL-3517EL - Studies in Creative Writing ENGL-3536EL - Environmental Communication ENGL-3546EL - Media Representations of Indigenous Peoples in North America ENGL-3566EL - Indigenous Oral Storytelling ENGL-3576EL - The Craft of Life Writing ENGL-3577EL - The Craft of Writing Poetry ENGL-3595EL - Special Topics in Rhetoric and Media Studies ENGL-3596EL - Core Seminar (ERMS - English Rhetoric and Media Studies) ENGL-3836EL - Women and Film ENGL-3846EL - Applied Media Aesthetics FILM-3836EL - Women and Film FILM-3846EL - Applied Media Aesthetics ENGL-4105EL - Theory and Criticism ENGL-4656EL - Directed Readings ENGL-4686EL - Honours Seminar I ENGL-4687EL - Honours Seminar II ENGL-4695EL - Honours Thesis ENGL-4786EL - Honours Seminar III ENGL-4787EL - Honours Seminar IV

Sessional Faculty

Anne Boulton

Leda Culliford

Amanda Darling

Nadine Fladd

Sara Frampton

Mandy Koolen

Lisa LaFramboise

Renee Gauvreau

Matthew Heiti

Elizabeth McDougall

Natalie Morrill

Quinn Powell

Mark Sundaram

 

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Department of English
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