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Minor in English Language and Literature

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Modeled on the Major in English Language and Literature, this module is ideal for students who wish to study a broad range of English courses as a secondary but still notable part of their undergraduate studies. When included in a job application, it tells future employers that you have strong communication and analytical skills, together with the ability to think both creatively and independently.

Admission Requirements:
Completion of first-year requirements, 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 with a mark of at least 60%. 

Module
4.5 courses

0.5 course in Poetry: ENG 2230F/G: Studies in Poetics.

1.0 course in Narrative from: ENG 2033E: Children’s Literature, ENG 2071F/G: Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, ENG 2072F/G: Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, 2073F/G: Speculative Fiction: Utopias & Dystopias, ENG 2074F/G: Mystery and Detective Fiction, ENG 2220F/G: Studies in Narrative Theory, ENG 2500E: The Novel, or ENG 2600F/G: Literature of the Bible.

1.0 course in Drama from: Classical Studies 3100E: Greek and Roman Drama, ENG 2400E: Dramatic Forms and Genres, ENG 3226E: Renaissance Drama, ENG 3227E: Shakespeare, ENG 3556E: Twentieth-Century Drama, ENG 3666F/G: American Drama, or ENG 3776F/G: Canadian Drama.

1.0 course in Pre-1800 Literature from: ENG 2307E: Major British Authors, 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, ENG 3224E: Renaissance Literature, ENG 3228F/G: Topics in Renaissance Literature, ENG 3334E: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, or ENG 3336F/G: Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature.

1.0 course in Post-1800 Literature from: ENG 2308E: American Literature  Survey, 2309E: Canadian Literature Survey, ENG 2310E: Global Literatures in English Survey,  ENG 3444E: Nineteenth-Century Literature, ENG 3446F/G: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ENG 3554E: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature, ENG 3557F/G: Topics in Twentieth- Century British and Irish Literature, ENG 3667F/G: Topics in American Literature, ENG 3777F/G: Topics in Canadian Literature, 3882F/G: Topics in Postcolonial Literature.

Note: This module facilitates switching at a later date to a Major or Honors Specialization in English.




Minor in English for Teachers

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Developed in consultation with Althouse College, this module allows students to claim English as a teachable subject in an application to a Bachelor of Education program.

Admission Requirements:
Completion of first-year requirements, 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 with a mark of at least 60%. 

Module
5.0 courses

1.0 course: ENG 3227E: Shakespeare. 

1.0 course from: ENG 2060E: Contemporary Canadian Literature, ENG 2309E: Canadian Literature Survey, ENG 3776F/G: Canadian Drama or  ENG 3777F/G: Topics in Canadian Literature.

1.0 course from: ENG 2033E: Children’s Literature, ENG 2071F/G: Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, ENG 2072F/G: Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, or ENG 2500E: The Novel.

1.0 course from: ENG 2307E: Major British Authors, ENG 2308E: American Literature Survey, or ENG 2310E: Global Literatures in English Survey.

1.0 additional essay course in English at the 2000 level or above. Students may include Writing 2101F/G: Introduction to Expository Writing or equivalent in this category, and are recommended to do so. 

Note: English 2033E: Children’s Literature is recommended for teaching Primary to Intermediate grades and English 2500E for Intermediate to Senior levels.




Minor in General English

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Requiring fewer courses than the Minor in English Language and Literature, and offering greater freedom in course selection, this module is a good option for students who enjoy taking the occasional course in English literature but don’t wish to study it in a structured and comprehensive fashion.

Admission Requirements:
Completion of first-year requirements, including 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 with a mark of at least 60%. 

Module
4.0 courses


1.0 course from: ENG 2307E: Major British Authors, ENG 2308E: American Literature Survey, 2309E: Canadian Literature  Survey or 2310E: Global Literatures in English Survey.

1.0 course in English at the 2200 level or above.

2.0 essay courses in English at the 2000 level or above.

*Students may substitute a 0.5 senior course in Writing towards this requirement.





Minor in Popular Literature and Cultural Studies

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This module allows students with a special interest in popular literary genres (such as Science Fiction, Fantasy, Detective Fiction and Children’s Literature), and in contemporary cultural theory, to combine their studies in these areas into a distinctive module. It is a particularly good option for students whose primary interests are in Media, Information and Technoculture, Film, and Visual Arts, but also complements and extends interests in more traditional disciplines, such as English, French, History, and Classical Studies.

Admission Requirements:
Completion of first-year requirements, including 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 with a mark of at least 60%. 

Module
4.0 courses

1.5 courses: ENG 2017: Reading Popular Culture, ENG 2250F/G: Introduction to Cultural Studies.

0.5 course: ENG 2260F/G: National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies.

1.0 course from: ENG 2033E: Children’s Literature, ENG 2071F/G: Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, ENG 2072F/G: Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, 2073F/G: Speculative Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias, ENG 2074F/G: Mystery and Detective Fiction.

1.0 relevant course from a Department other than the Department of English and Writing Studies, with permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies.


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