Welcome to the Department of English and Writing Studies, where students enjoy a diverse and dynamic learning environment. They choose from an inspiring variety of courses, and study with internationally-renowned professors and researchers. In English you can discover just why the classics have stood the test of time, taking courses that range from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Toni Morrison and Michael Ondaatje. Or you can pursue your passion for popular culture, with classes in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Detective Fiction, and Children’s Literature. Our courses will find you debating literature with other students in small group tutorials. They will let you dig in the archives, investigating historical manuscripts, personal letters, diaries, and rare first-edition books at D.B. Weldon Library, one of the top-ranked research libraries in Canada. Or you can propose your own independent research project, working one-on-one with a faculty member to develop your insights and ideas to their fullest.