English

Department of English

General Office: 

Carleton Hall, Room 247
Department of English
The University of New Brunswick

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB
Canada E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4676
Fax: (506) 453-5069
Email:  english@unb.ca
Website:  http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/english/
Chair: Dr. John C. Ball

 Faculty

  • Andrews, Jennifer, BA (McG), MA, PhD (Tor), Prof - 1999
  • Austin, Diana, BA (UNB), MA (Qu), DPhil (Oxon), Prof Emerata - 2017
  • Ball, John C., BA, MA, PhD (Tor), Prof & Chair - 1995
  • Canitz, A. E. Christa, BA, MA (Birmingham), PhD (UBC), Prof - 1993
  • Cockburn, Robert Hood, BA, MA (UNB), Prof Emeritus - 2004
  • Crawford, Lucas, BA (St FX), MA (UWO), PhD (Alberta), Asst Prof - 2016
  • Davies, Gwendolyn, BA (Dal-King's), Ed Cert, MA (Tor), PhD (York), DCL (UKC), FRSC, Emerita Prof & Dean - 2008
  • Doerksen, Daniel W., BA (Winn), BEd (Manit), MA, PhD (Wis), Hon Res Prof - 1998
  • Effinger, Elizabeth, ARCT (Tor), BA, MA (Waterloo), PhD (UWO), Asst Prof - 2016
  • Falkenstein, Len, BA, MA (Sask), PhD (Alta), Prof - 1999
  • Finlay, Tatrina, BA (Mt Allison), MA (UNB), Senior Instructor - 2008
  • Gibbs, Robert J., BA (UNB), BA (Cantab.), MA, PhD (UNB), Prof Emeritus - 1989
  • Gray, Robert W., BA (UVic), MA (Manitoba), PhD (Alberta), Assoc Prof - 2008
  • Jarman, Mark, BA (UVic), MFA (Iowa), Prof - 1999
  • Klinck, Anne L., BA, MA (Oxon), MA (UBC), MA (McG), PhD (UBC), Prof Emerita - 2010
  • Leckie, Ross, BA (McG), PD/AD (Educ) (Alta), MA (C'dia), PhD (Tor), Prof - 1997
  • Martin, Randall, BA (Tor), MA (Birmingham), DPhil (Oxon), Prof - 1994
  • Ploude, Roger J., BA (St. Thomas), MA (Dal), PhD (Qu), Prof Emeritus - 2010
  • Rimmer, Mary P., BA (C'dia), AM, PhD (Harv), Prof (retired) - 2017
  • Schryer, Stephen, BA (McMaster), MA (UWO), PhD (California, Irvine), Assoc Prof - 2009
  • Sinclair, Sue, BA (Mt. Allison), MA (UNB), MA (Tor), PhD (Tor), Asst Prof - 2016
  • Snook, Edith, BA, MA (Alta), PhD (UWO), Prof - 2001

General Information

For detailed information on course offerings and regulations, students should obtain a copy of the Department's Undergraduate Handbook issued in spring each year.

Students in all courses in English are required to write original essays on assigned topics. The grades awarded for these essays are reckoned in determining standing in each course; students who fail to complete the essays cannot obtain credit for the course.

The Department of English affirms the crucial importance of the interactive classroom experience in all its courses designed for classroom delivery. Since students must be in class in order to have that experience, no student can pass any classroom ENGL course without attending at least half of the classes in that course. Individual ENGL courses may require students to attend a higher percentage of classes, and there are specific attendance policies for 1000- and 2000-level courses as well as for Honours seminars. It is expected that no student will miss more than four class hours per term without good reason.

Students should acquire a good dictionary, the revised Form and Format, a handbook of literary terms, and the Undergraduate Handbook with course descriptions issued annually by the Department.

In consultation with an advisor, students may take courses in English at St. Thomas University in lieu of those listed in this Calendar, provided the regulations concerning transfer credits are met.

1000- and 2000-Level Programs: General Regulations and Information 

The 1000- and 2000- level courses are designed to give students a fuller appreciation of major works of literature and to improve their ability to write effective English. These courses are intended to be of value both to students who will specialize in English and to students in Arts and other Faculties who have a general interest in English.

Course Numbering

Courses beginning with the digit 1 are introductory; those beginning with 2 are intermediate. Advanced-level courses begin with 3, 4, or 5. Students above the first-year level who have taken a previous university English course must elect 2000-level courses, except for ENGL 1000, which may be elected with departmental permission, and ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1104. Students above the first-year level who have not taken a previous university English course may elect either 1000- or 2000-level courses except ENGL 2901 and ENGL 2902.

Apart from the initial numeral indicating the year in which a course is normally taken, the numbering of courses is merely a means of identification and does not indicate that one course is more or less advanced than another. Students must have taken 6 ch of 1000- or 2000-level courses before enrolling in a course at the advanced level. Any student intending to major or honour in English should take ENGL 2901 and 2902; to enter these courses a grade of C or better in ENGL 1000 or equivalent is required. First-year students in Faculties other than Arts must elect 1000-level courses.

Second-year students may take up to 12 ch of English courses, normally at the intermediate level. Students may not take a 2000-level course in any subject area in which they have already had an advanced-level course.

Please see the Director of First- and Second-Year for more information. 

Major, Honours, and Minor

Majors and Honours students must complete ENGL 1000 (or equivalent), ENGL 2901, and ENGL 2902. Students should note that any courses compulsory for other programs may not be counted towards an English Major, Honours, or Minor program.

Majoring in English

Students who wish to major in English should discuss their program for the following year with the Director of Majors and Honours in the spring or at fall registration. Students are encouraged to register in the program as early as possible. The Director of Majors and Honours should be consulted about any changes in a student's program.

Single-Major students must complete a minimum of 30 ch of advanced-level English courses, including at least 6 ch in pre-1660 literature in English and at least 6 ch in literature in English, 1660-1900. For a Double Major the requirements are the same except that the minimum is 24 ch. All courses to be counted toward the fulfillment of the minimum Major requirement must be passed with a grade of C or better.

In order to give recognizable coherence to the regular Major program, there are regulations regarding the minimum 30 ch (Single Major) or 24 ch (Double Major) of advanced-level courses. No more than a total of 9 ch of upper-level courses from the following categories may be included in these minimum requirements: Film Studies, Writing (Creative, Expository, or Screen), and Drama Production.

Optional Major Program: English (Drama)

The Department offers to students wishing to concentrate in drama the following Major option: English (Drama). The requirements for this program are that a student complete:

  1. ENGL 1000 (or equivalent), ENGL 2173ENGL 2174ENGL 2901ENGL 2902
  2. at least 30 ch in English literature courses at the advanced level, including ENGL 3170, at least 6 ch in pre-1660 literature in English, at least 6 ch in literature in English, 1660-1900, and at least 12 ch courses in dramatic literature. 

Students wishing to enroll in this program should consult the Director of Majors and Honours. 

Minor in Drama is also offered, which can be combined with other Major or Honours programs. Similarly, students can study Drama as part of a Double Major program. For details, see the Drama Program

Optional Major Program: English (Creative Writing) 

The Department offers students wishing to concentrate in Creative Writing the following Major option: English (Creative Writing). The requirements for this program are that a student complete the normal English Majors requirements as explained under "Majoring in English," along with courses from relevant creative writing areas, as follows:

  1. both ENGL 2195 and ENGL 2196
  2. at least two of the following four course options: ENGL 3123ENGL 3143ENGL 3163, and either ENGL 3183 or ENGL 3186.

Any student who is interested in this program should consult the Director of Creative Writing. 

Honours Program

Students enter the Honours program in their third year but may declare their intention of pursuing Honours during their second year. Only in exceptional circumstances will students be admitted in their fourth year. ENGL 1000 (or equivalent) is required of those who wish to enroll in Honours. Students should complete ENGL 2901 and ENGL 2902 by the end of the second year and must have met this requirement by the end of the third year. The student must have achieved an average of 3.3 (B+) in these or other English literature courses. An average of 3.3 in English courses and of 2.5 in non-English courses must be maintained if the student is to retain Honours standing.

Students taking Single Honours must take a four-year total of at least 60 ch in English; at least 33 ch of the total must be in advanced-level courses other than Honours seminars. Students in Joint Honours must take a four-year total of 39 ch in English; at least 27 ch of this total must be in advanced-level courses, including Honours seminars. Whether taking Single or Joint Honours, the student must complete at least 6 ch of advanced-level courses in pre-1660 literature in English and at least 6ch in literature in English, 1660-1900.

During their third and fourth years, students in Single Honours must complete 15 ch of Honours seminars, including ENGL 5083. Students in Joint Honours must complete at least 12 ch of Honours seminars, including ENGL 5083

Honours students may count up to 9 ch total of upper-level courses drawn from the following group: Film Studies, Writing (Creative, Expository, or Screen), Drama Production. Students are required to consult with the Director of Majors and Honours in choosing their courses so as to ensure that they follow a well-balanced program.

Students interested in Honours English are encouraged to discuss the program with the Director of Majors and Honours.

Optional Honours Program: English (Creative Writing)

The Department offers students wishing to concentrate in creative writing the following Honours option: English (Creative Writing). The requirements for this program are that a student complete the normal English Honours requirements as explained under “Honours Program,” along with courses from the relevant writing areas, as follows:

  1. both ENGL 2195 and ENGL 2196;
  2. at least two of the following four course options: ENGL 3123ENGL 3143ENGL 3163, and either ENGL 3183 or ENGL 3186

Any student wishing to enroll in this program should consult the Director of Creative Writing. 

Minor Program

The Minor in English consists of at least 24 ch in ENGL completed with a grade of C or better, at least 12 ch of these from advanced-level courses. The courses for the Minor must be approved by the Director of Majors and Honours, and must form a "coherent set or sequence of courses" as called for by the general university regulations for the Minor. Students should note that any courses compulsory for their programs may not be counted toward a Minor.

Students pursuing an ENGL Minor are strongly advised to take ENGL 1000 (or a combination of courses such as ENGL 1144 or ENGL 1145 and ENGL 2263ENGL 2603ENGL 2608ENGL 2703, or ENGL 2903) and ENGL 2901 and ENGL 2902 as a lower-level foundation.

Students transferring credits from another university should note that at least half the credits counted towards a UNB Minor in English must be from courses taken at the University of New Brunswick.