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Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature

Students who were registered in the old program prior to the 2012-13 academic year may complete these requirements. Please contact the Department if you have any questions (519-661-2111, ex. 85796).

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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 (020E) or 1022E (022E) or 1024E (024E) or 1035E (025E) or 1036E (026E) or both of English 1027F/G and 1028F/G plus 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%.

Students with an average of 65%-69% in their principal courses may be admitted with the permission of the Department. Counselling is mandatory for students with an average between 65%-69% and strongly recommended for all other students.


10.0 courses


**English 2017 and Speech 2001 may not be counted as principal courses in the Honors Specialization in English. French or a foreign language is strongly recommended for students intending to apply to graduate schools or professional programs.


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