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Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature

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This module is ideal for students who wish to make English the centerpiece of their undergraduate degrees. It offers a comprehensive study of British, Canadian, American, and Postcolonial literatures, including requirements in the history of the English language, drama, and literary and cultural theory. The module is the preferred path to graduate studies in English, and is highly recommended for students aspiring to careers in journalism, publishing, creative writing, multimedia content, and advertising. With an appropriate minor, this module provides exceptional preparation for students going into law or business school, public relations, civil service, and the diplomatic corps.

Admission Requirements:
Completion of first-year requirements with no failures.  Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including 1.0 course from English 1020E: Understanding Literature Today or 1022E: Enriched Introduction to English Literature or 1024E: Forms of Fiction: Introduction to Narrative or 1035E: Introduction to Literature: Reading, Interpretation, Argument or 1036E: Forms of ¬†Narrative:¬† From Epic to Film or both of English 1027F/G: The Storyteller’s Art I and 1028F/G: The Storyteller’s Art II, plus 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%.


10.0 courses:

1.0 course: ENG 2307E: Major British Authors (taken in second year).  Note: Students who have taken ENG 1022E are exempt from this course, but must replace it with another 1.0 English course numbered 2200 or above to meet the total 10.0 courses required for this module.

1.0 course from: ENG 2308E: American Literature  Survey, ENG 2309E: Canadian Literature Survey, ENG 2310E: Global Literatures in English Survey.

1.0 course from: ENG 2200F/G: History of Theory and Criticism, ENG 2210F/G: Contemporary Theory and Criticism, ENG 2220F/G: Studies in Narrative Theory, ENG 2230F/G: Studies in Poetics, ENG 2240F/G: Feminist Literary Theory, ENG 2250F/G: Introduction to Cultural Studies.

1.0 course from: ENG 3001: History of the English Language, ENG 3012: Old English Language and Literature, ENG 3115E: Topics in Medieval Language and Literature, ENG 3116E: Middle English Literature.

1.0 course from: ENG 3226E: Renaissance Drama, ENG 3227E: Shakespeare, ENG 3556E: Twentieth Century Drama, ENG 3666F/G: American Drama, ENG 3776F/G: Canadian Drama.

2.0 courses from: English 3224E: Renaissance Literature, 3228F/G: Topics in Renaissance Literature, ENG 3334E: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, ENG 3336F/G: Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, ENG 3444E: Nineteenth-Century Literature, Literature, 3446F/G: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ENG 3889E: Advanced Topics in Cultural Studies, ENG 3891F/G: Topics in Cultural Studies. Note: With Department permission, ENG 3667F/G: Topics in American Literature or ENG 3777F/G: Topics in Canadian Literature may be counted toward this requirement.

1.0 course from:
ENG 3700E: Women & Literature: Special Topics, ENG 3705F/G: Women & Literature: Special Topics, ENG 3880F/G: First Nations Literatures, ENG 3882F/G: Topics in Postcolonial Literature, ENG 3886F/G: Sexuality and Literature, or 3887E: Sexuality and Literature: Special Topics.

1.0 course in English at the 4000-level.

1.0 additional course in English at the 2200 level and above.  Students are strongly encouraged to take ENG 3554E: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature or to include ENG 3557F/G: Topics in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature towards this 1.0 course requirement.

Note: French or a foreign language is recommended for students intending to apply to graduate schools or professional programs.

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