Modules

Our modules provide you with more choice as you work through your program. These choices will allow you to follow your own interests and create a program of study which satisfies your own intellectual curiosity.

HONORS SPECIALIZATION IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

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 1000-1999 plus 2.0 additional courses with no mark in these principal courses below 60% (Principal courses refers to the next two courses with the highest grades).

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HONORS SPECIALIZATION IN CREATIVE WRITING AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

This module is designed for students who want to combine their creative talents with the academic study of literature. On the creative side, the program offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of writing challenges, including poetry and prose in a variety of genres. On the academic side, it offers a comprehensive study of British, Canadian, American, and Postcolonial literatures. The assumption underlying the module, however, is that the two “sides” are not as separate as they might seem, and that engaging with English literature as both a creative and a scholarly pursuit will enrich your understanding of the field. The module is 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:

a) Writing 1000F/G; and

b) 2.0 additional courses including 1.0 course from English 1020E, English 1022E, English 1024E, English 1035E, English 1036E, or both of English 1027F/G and English 1028F/G; and 1.0 course from Classical Studies 1000, Film Studies 1020E, Film Studies 1022, French 1900E, Philosophy 1020, Visual Arts Studio 1020, Women's Studies 1020E or both of Women's Studies 1021F/G and Women's Studies 1022F/G, Visual Arts History 1040 or two of Visual Arts History 1041A/B, Visual Arts History 1042A/B, Visual Arts History 1043A/B, Visual Arts History 1044A/B and Visual Arts History 1045A/B, the former Comparative Literature and Culture 1020.

c) 0.5 additional course. A minimum mark of 70% in Writing 1000F/G is required, with no mark below 60% in the other principal courses; and submission of:

d) A portfolio.

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SPECIALIZATION IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

This module is identical to the Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature, with the exception of the requirement for 1.0 4000 level course(s). It is best suited for students who have similar career objectives to the Honors module, but are unable to maintain a minimum modular average of 70%.

Admission Requirements:

Completion of first-year requirements including 1.0 course from English 1020E or English 1022E or English 1024E or English 1035E or English 1036E or both of English 1027F/G and English 1028F/G with a mark of at least 60%.

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MAJOR IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

The Major can be pursued as part of an Honours or non-Honours program. For students in three or four year non-honors degree programs, the Major in English provides exceptional preparation for careers in a wide variety of fields, from journalism, publishing, and writing, to advertising, communications, and public service.

As part of an Honors Double Major degree, this module is for students who wish to divide their undergraduate studies equally between two different subjects. This choice is ideal for students who require two “teachable” subjects to enter Teacher’s College, or for those who hope to enter an interdisciplinary graduate program, such as media studies, women’s studies, and theory and criticism. (Students with an Honors Double Major that includes English are typically eligible for graduate programs in English, but the preferred path is the Honors Specialization in English.)

The Honors Double Major with English is an excellent choice for careers that require a competency in more than one field. Someone interested in sports journalism, for example, might do a double major in English and Kinesiology. Or someone hoping for a career as a political analyst might combine English with Political Science.

Admission Requirements:

Completion of first-year requirements, including 1.0 course from English 1000 to English 1999 with a mark of at least 60%. Students will be eligible for an Honors BA with double major if they obtain a 70% average in the courses of each major module with no mark less than 60% in each course. No failures are permitted on options.

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MINOR IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

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 1000-1999 with a mark of at least 60%.

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MINOR IN ENGLISH FOR TEACHERS

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 from English 1000 to English 1999 with a mark of at least 60%. Students should consult with the Department prior to admission.

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MINOR IN GENERAL ENGLISH

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 1.0 from English 1000 to English 1999 with a mark of at least 60%. Students should consult with the Department prior to admission.

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MINOR IN POPULAR LITERATURE & CULTURAL STUDIES

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 1.0 from English 1000 to English 1999 with a mark of at least 60%. Students should consult with the Department prior to admission.

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MAJOR IN SEXUALITY STUDIES

Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary intra-faculty module in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities administered by the Departments of Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Visual Arts, with the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research as the lead unit.

Admission Requirements:

Completion of first-year requirements, including 1.0 Women's Studies course at the 1000 level (either Women's Studies 1020E or any two of Women's Studies 1021F/G and Women's Studies 1022F/G and Women's Studies 1023F/G and Women's Studies 1024F/G) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from the department.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE & IVEY HBA

English Language and Literature - Ivey HBA Combined Degree (In Conjunction with the Richard Ivey School of Business)

The combination of a deep knowledge of business and another academic or professional field makes for a strong career foundation. You can apply your first two years of university study at Western to two degrees.

To complete dual degrees, study in one of the faculties listed in the Academic Calendar (link below) for your first two years (with the exception of Law). While in your first year at Ivey (HBA 1), apply for one of the combined degree programs. If admitted, you will spend your fourth and fifth years of university studying a combination of business courses and required courses in your second degree area. In five years (with the exception of Law), you will have completed two degrees.

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OLD Modules

Students who were registered in the old modules prior to the 2017-18 academic year, may complete these requirements.

Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature
Honors Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature
Specialization in English Language and Literature
Major in English Language and Literature
Minor in English Language and Literature
Minor in English for Teachers
Minor in General English
Minor in Popular Literature and Cultural Studies  
Major in Sexuality Studies (in conjunction with the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research)
English Language and Literature - Ivey HBA Combined Degree (in conjunction with the Richard Ivey School of Business)