English

Honours, Majors and Minor

Special Note: Students are not eligible to undertake any upper-level courses in English until they have completed three term-courses at the lower level in English, or unless permission is obtained from the instructor. For Majors and Honours students in English, two of the lower-level courses must include ENGL 2101 and ENGL 2102.

Honours

Students interested in pursuing an honours degree in English should submit a formal letter of application to the Honours Coordinator for admission to the program.

Students are eligible to apply to the program during the session in which they expect to complete successfully their first 20 term-courses, including four term-courses of lower level English, (two of which must be ENGL 2101 and ENGL 2102.) Students must apply to the program before having completed thirty term-courses. Because of the seminar requirements (see below), only in exceptional circumstances will students be admitted in their fourth year, or after having completed 30 term-courses. To enter the Honours Program, students must have achieved an average of least B+ (3.3) in English courses. Minimum averages of B+ (3.3) in English courses and C+ (2.3) in courses other than English must be maintained if the student is to retain honours standing.

Requirements

Students admitted to the Honours Program are required to complete 20 term-courses in English, including 4 at the lower level, and a minimum of 16 at the upper level. As part of the upper level requirements, students have the option to complete ENGL 4801: Honours Essay Reading and Research and ENGL 4802: Honours Essay.

The Honours Program requires the successful completion of at least two of the upper level courses designated as advanced seminars (ENGL 4803 and ENGL 4804). These courses may count for area coverage; consult the Honours Coordinator.

Students will design their Honours Program in consultation with (any member of the English Discipline, and with the Honours Coordinator), and will be required to complete a minimum of 10 term-courses from the following list, covering at least five of the following six areas. NOTE: A minimum of 4 term-courses must be taken in periods prior to 1800:

Areas of Coverage:

a. Medieval (ENGL 3007, and ENGL 3008)
b. Renaissance/17th Century (ENGL 3105, ENGL 3106, ENGL 3107, ENGL 3108, or ENGL 3109)
c. Restoration and 18th Century ( ENGL 3203, ENGL 3204, or ENGL 3205)
d. 19th Century (ENGL 3301, ENGL 3302, ENGL 3303, ENGL 3304, ENGL 3311, ENGL 3312, ENGL 3313, or ENGL 3314)
e. Modern British/American (ENGL 3401, ENGL 3402, ENGL 3403, ENGL 3404, ENGL 3405, ENGL 3511, ENGL 3512, ENGL 3513, ENGL 3514, or ENGL 3515)
f. Canadian (ENGL 3501, ENGL 3502, ENGL 3504, ENGL 3505, ENGL 3506, ENGL 3508, or ENGL 3509)

Literary Theory (ENGL 3601) is strongly recommended for students intending to pursue graduate study. In addition, such students are advised to study a second language.

Electives may be chosen from any of the above areas and from the following list: ENGL 3621, ENGL 3622, ENGL 3631ENGL 3705, ENGL 3706, ENGL 3709, ENGL 3713, ENGL 3721, ENGL 3722, ENGL 3801, ENGL 3802, ENGL 3803, ENGL 3812, ENGL 3903, ENGL 3922, ENGL 4803, and ENGL 4804. Up to two approved upper level term-courses (See Honours Coordinator) in literatures other than English may be substituted for up to two English electives.

For first-class honours, a minimum grade point average of 3.6 is required in English courses. For second-class honours, a minimum grade point average of 3.3 is required in these courses. Averages are calculated on the basis of the minimum number of courses required in the programme; courses successfully completed above this minimum are treated as “non-required” courses.

Courses
ENGL 4801: Honours Essay: Reading and Research:
This course is devoted to the research portion of the honours project.

ENGL 4802: Honours Essay:
Upon successful completion of ENGL 4801, an honours essay will be written and presented.

Students wishing to take ENGL 4802 are required to consult with the Honours Coordinator in the winter term prior to the fall enrolment in ENGL 4801. Supervisors will be assigned by the members of the English discipline.

Joint Honours Program - English and History

Students interested in pursuing a joint Honours Program in English and History must apply in writing to either the Honours Coordinator of English or the Coordinator of History.

To satisfy the English requirements for the joint honours degree, students must complete 4 term-courses of lower level English, 2 of which must be ENGL 2101 and ENGL 2102, and a minimum of ten upper level term-courses in English. At the upper level, a minimum of 3 term-courses is required in each of the following two groups, for a total of 6 term-courses:

a. Pre-1800 (ENGL 3007, ENGL 3008, ENGL 3105, ENGL 3106, ENGL 3107, ENGL 3108, ENGL 3109, ENGL 3203, ENGL 3204, or ENGL 3205)
b. Post-1800 (ENGL 3301, ENGL 3302, ENGL 3303, ENGL 3304, ENGL 3311, ENGL 3312, ENGL 3313, ENGL 3314, ENGL 3401, ENGL 3402, ENGL 3403, ENGL 3404, ENGL 3405, ENGL 3501, ENGL 3502, ENGL 3504, ENGL 3505, ENGL 3506, ENGL 3508, ENGL 3509, ENGL 3511, ENGL 3512, ENGL 3513, ENGL 3514, or ENGL 3515)

Electives may be chosen from both of the above groups, and from the following list: ENGL 3601, ENGL 3621, ENGL 3622, ENGL 3631, ENGL 3705, ENGL 3706, ENGL 3709, ENGL 3713, ENGL 3722, ENGL 3801, ENGL 3802, ENGL 3803, ENGL 3812, ENGL 3903, ENGL 3922, ENGL 4803, and ENGL 4804. Literary Theory (ENGL 3601) is strongly recommended for students intending to pursue graduate study. In addition, such students are advised to study a second language.

Students must complete HENG 4000, (a 2 term-course). Once the student has decided whether the primary emphasis will be on English or History, the supervisors will be assigned from the two disciplines. Credit for the thesis (HENG 4000) will be assigned to the discipline receiving the primary emphasis.

To satisfy the History requirements for the joint honours degree, students must complete 2 lower level term-courses in History and 10 upper level History term-courses, of which 2 term-courses will be an Honours Seminar.

Major

Students are eligible to declare a major once they have completed twenty term-courses. Students will design their program in consultation with the Majors Coordinator.

A single Major in English will consist of at least fourteen term-courses in English, at least 10 term-courses must be at the upper level and a minimum of 4 term-courses of lower level English (including ENGL 2101 and ENGL 2102). A minimum of 3 term-courses are required from each of the following two groups, for a total of 6 term-courses:

a. Pre-1800 (ENGL 3004, ENGL 3007, ENGL 3008, ENGL 3105, ENGL 3106, ENGL 3107, ENGL 3108, ENGL 3109, ENGL 3203, ENGL 3204, or ENGL 3205)
b. Post-1800 (ENGL 3301, ENGL 3302, ENGL 3303, ENGL 3304, ENGL 3311, ENGL 3312, ENGL 3313, ENGL 3314, ENGL 3401, ENGL 3402, ENGL 3403, ENGL 3404, ENGL 3405, ENGL 3501, ENGL 3502, ENGL 3504, ENGL 3505, ENGL 3506, ENGL 3508, ENGL 3509, ENGL 3511, ENGL 3512, ENGL 3513, ENGL 3514, or ENGL 3515)

Electives may be chosen from both of these groups, as well as from the following list: ENGL 3601, ENGL 3602, ENGL 3621, ENGL 3622, ENGL 3631, ENGL 3705, ENGL 3706, ENGL 3709, ENGL 3713, ENGL 3721, ENGL 3722, ENGL 3751, ENGL 3801, ENGL 3802, ENGL 3803, ENGL 3808, ENGL 3812, ENGL 3903, ENGL 3922, ENGL 4803, and ENGL 4804. Up to two approved upper level term-courses (See Major’s Coordinator) in literatures other than English may be substituted for up to two English electives.

An English course will count toward the fulfillment of the Major requirements only when it is passed with a grade of C or above.

A Double Major including English will consist of a minimum of 10 term-courses in English, at least 7 of which must be at the upper level including at least 2 term-courses from each of the two groups listed above. Lower-level courses must include ENGL 2101 and ENGL 2102

English Major with a Concentration in Drama

Students wishing to concentrate in drama may elect the Single Majors option in English (Drama). This program will consist of at least 14 term-courses in English, of which at least 10 must be upper level courses. Students who elect to take the drama option will organize their programs according to the standard requirements for Majors, with the following modifications: ENGL 2002 must be included among their lower level courses. At the upper level, they will be required to complete ENGL 3801, at least one Shakespeare course, and at least two other upper level courses devoted to the study of dramatic literature (see the Majors Coordinator for a list of acceptable options). As part of their Majors requirements students must complete at least 3 term-courses from each of the 2 Majors groups. These 6 courses can include the required drama courses.

Minor

The Minor in English will consist of a minimum of 8 term-courses in English, at least 3 but no more than 4 of which must be at the lower-level (two of which must be ENGL 2101 and ENGL 2102). A grade of C or better is required in all courses.