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 (4 Year) 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 1706 and ENGL 1707)
   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 1706 and ENGL 1707)
   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 1706 and 1707)

   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 1706 and 1707)

   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 (3 Year) 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 1706 and ENGL 1707)
   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 1706 AND 1707)*

   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 1706 AND  1707) *

   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 2016 Classical Mythology
      ANCS 2036 The Ancient World in Film
      ANCS 2116 The Ancient Novel (3)
      ANCS 2136 Greek and Latin Roots of English
      ANCS 3016 Xenophon and Greek History
      ANCS 3116 Ancient Greek Epic
      ANCS 3226 Greek and Roman Tragedy
      INDG 2616/7 Canadian Native Literature
      RLST 2336/7 Religious Themes in Literature
      THEA 2246/7 Theatre History I & II
      THEA 2357 Canadian Theatre
      THEA 3246/7 Theatre History III & IV

ERMS Electives:
   ENGL 2626 Critical Approaches
   ENGL/FILM 2835 American Film Directors
   ENGL/FILM 2815 World Cinema
   ENGL 3157 Women’s Writing in the16th & 17th Centuries
   ENGL 3256 Women of Letters in the Eighteenth Century
   ENGL 3257 Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing

   ENGL 3346 Modern Women's Writing

   ENGL 3347 Contemporary Women's Writing  
   ENGL 3405 Canadian Thought and Culture
   ENGL 3416 American thought and Culture
   ENGL 3507 Writer’s Voice
   ENGL 3516/7 Creative Writing / Studies in Creative Writing
   ENGL 3526 Rhetorical Traditions
   ENGL 3527 Rhetorical Criticism
   ENGL 3536 Environmental Communication
   ENGL 3556 Principles and Practices of Professional Writing
   ENGL/FILM 3836 Women & Film
   ENGL/FILM 3846 Applied Media Aesthetics
   ENGL/FILM 3847 Film Theory
   Or a maximum of 12 credits from:
      All CINE courses
      DEUT 2216 German Cinema
      ESPA 3226 Film in Spain and Latin America
      HIST 3916 Propaganda, Politics and Film
      HIST 3917 Fascism on Film
      MUSC 2046 Soundtracks: Music in the Movies
      ITAL 3216 Italian Cinema
      PHIL 2505 Critical Thinking and Argument
      PHIL 2716 Philosophy and Film
      PHIL 2746 Communications Media and Values
      RLST 2365 Religion in Film
      WGSX 2106 Representations of Women & Gender in the News Media
      WGSX 3326 Girl Cultures
 

Group Courses

Electives
   ENGL 2606/07 - Backgrounds to Western Literature
   ENGL 2626 - The Bible & Literature
   ENGL 2626 - Critical Approaches
   ENGL 2656 - Northern Ontario Literature
   ENGL 2676/77 - Popular Literature & Culture

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

Group 2
   ENGL 3245 - English Literature of the 18th Century
   ENGL 3206/07 - The 18th & 19th Century English Novel
   ENGL 3215 - English Literature of the Romantic Period
   ENGL 3235 - Victorian Literature
   ENGL 3256 - Women of Letters of the 18th Century
   ENGL 3257 - 19th Century Women’s Writing
   ENGL 3296 - Core Seminar Group 2
   ENGL 3295 - Special Topics in 18th & 19th Century Lit

Group 3
   ENGL 3326 - Modern Novel
   ENGL 3305 - Postcolonial Literary Studies
   ENGL 3327 - Contemporary Novel
   ENGL 3335 - Modern & Contemporary Poetry
   ENGL 3316/17 - Modern & Contemporary Drama
   ENGL 3346/47 - Modern & Contemporary Women’s Writing
   ENGL 3396 - Core Seminar Group 3
   ENGL 3395 - Special Topics in Modern & Contemporary Lit

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

ERMS
   ENGL 2546 - Rhetorical Principles
   ENGL 3526 - Rhetorical Traditions
   ENGL 3527 - Rhetorical Criticisms
   ENGL 3556 - Principles Workplace Communications
   ENGL 3536 - Environmental Communication
   ENGL 3516/17 - Creative Writing
   ENGL 3507 - Writer’s Voice
   ENGL 3596 - Core Seminar ERMS

   ENGL/FILM 2835 - American Film Directors
   ENGL/FILM 2846 - Rhetoric of Film & Image
   ENGL/FILM 2815 - World Cinema
   ENGL/FILM 3836 - Women & Film
   ENGL/FILM 3846 - Applied Media Aesthetics
   ENGL/FILM 3847 - 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 FILM-2846EL - Rhetoric of Film and Image 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-3556EL - Principles and Practices of Workplace Communication 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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