Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
11.8 English Language and Literature

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A Bachelor of Arts in English is one of the most versatile degrees a student can obtain because of the universal creative focus achieved through literary study.

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department of English Language and Literature:

  1. Major in English

  2. Major in English with Specialization in Theatre/Drama

  3. Minor in English

  4. Honours in English

  5. Joint Honours in English and Another Major Subject

General Information:

  1. Students who choose an Honours, Major or Minor degree in English are encouraged to consult with the Head of the Department or the Manager of Academic Programs to receive advice on English course selection.

  2. Students wishing to pursue an Honours program in English must apply for admission to the Head of Department through the Office of the Registrar. Admission to the program is in accordance with University Regulations and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree) Regulations. Students are encouraged to apply before or during their fourth semester. It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least five English courses, including English 2000, 2001, and 3200 or 3201 before applying.

  3. Programs at the Grenfell Campus contain some courses that are not available in St. John’s and students wishing to transfer from the St. John’s campus to the Grenfell campus may have difficulty in completing their program in a timely manner.

Course Prerequisites:

The following course prerequisites apply to all English programs:

  1. All students must complete two 1000-level courses as follows: one of English 1080 or 1000, and one of English 1001, 1101, 1102, 1103, 1110.

  2. In the case of students whose first language is not English and who take 1020 or 1030, that course and one of English 1000, 1001, 1021, 1080, 1101, 1102, 1103 are prerequisites for all other courses.

  3. No student shall register for a course having the initial digit “3” unless he/she has already completed at least 6 credit hours in English courses having the initial digit “2”.

  4. No student shall register in any course having the initial digit “4” unless he/she has successfully completed at least 6 credit hours in English courses having the initial digit “3”.

Courses That Fulfill National or Period Requirements in English Programs:

  1. Courses can only ever count for 3 credit hours. For example, although English 4260 can satisfy both the American requirement and a 4000-level requirement, students in an Honours, Joint Honours, or Major in English program, will have to complete another course to satisfy the total number of credit hours required by the program.

  2. Courses which consider more than one century or nationality may fulfill the requirement for one or the other but not for both categories.

English course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Arts section under Course Descriptions, English and are designated by ENGL.

11.8.1 General Degrees
11.8.1.1 Major in English
  1. Students who choose English as their major subject shall complete at least 36 credit hours in English.

  2. Nine of these 36 credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level.

  3. Students are strongly encouraged to complete English 2000 and 2001 within their first five semesters.

  4. The 36 credit hours shall include:

    1. 6 credit hours in English courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000 and 2001;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature;

    5. 3 credit hours in American literature;

    6. 6 credit hours at the 4000-level; and

    7. 9 credit hours in additional English courses.

11.8.1.2 Major in English with Specialization in Theatre/Drama
  1. In addition to the Major in English defined above, the Department offers an English major with a specialization in theatre/drama.

  2. Students who choose an English major with a specialization in theatre/drama shall complete 36 credit hours in English, including:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000, 2002, 3350, 3351, 4400, 4401;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. English 4300 or 4301;

    5. one of English 3156, 3171, 3260, 4302; and

    6. English 3021 or 3022

11.8.1.3 Minor in English
  1. Students who choose to complete a Minor in English shall complete at least 24 credit hours in English.

  2. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level.

  3. Requirements for the Minor may not be chosen from courses conducted by another department.

  4. Courses for the Minor must include:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the first-year level;

    2. one of English 2002, 2003, 2004, 2211, 2212, 2213, 2214, 2811;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature; and

    5. 9 credit hours in additional English courses.

11.8.2 Honours Degrees
11.8.2.1 Honours Degree With English as Major Subject

An Honours degree in English is generally required for admission to a graduate program in the discipline, and is useful preparation for law, journalism and other professional fields.

  1. Students who choose to complete an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English must complete 60 credit hours in English courses.

  2. At least 36 of these credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level or above.

  3. Courses will be chosen in consultation with the Head of Department.

  4. In their final year, all Honours English students will be required to present an Honours Essay (English 4999). The semester before they plan to undertake their Honours Essay, students must receive approval of their chosen topic from the Head of the Department, who will then appoint an appropriate supervisor.

  5. Any course that considers more than one national literature or period fulfills only one requirement for the Honours degree in English.

  6. No courses at the 4000-level may be chosen from courses offered by another department.

  7. The 60 credit hours shall include

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the 1000-level;

    2. English 2000 and 2001;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature;

    5. 3 credit hours in American literature;

    6. English 4100 and 4101;

    7. English 4900 or 4901;

    8. 3 credit hours in pre-19th century literature (excluding 3200 and 3201);

    9. 3 credit hours in 19th century literature;

    10. 3 credit hours in 20th or 21st century literature;

    11. two of English 2600, 3500, 3600;

    12. 12 credit hours in additional English courses, of which 3 credit hours must be at the 3000-level and 6 credit hours must be at the 4000-level; and

    13. English 4999.

11.8.2.2 Joint Honours Degree in English and Another Major Subject

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree) Regulations.

  1. A student’s program for Joint Honours must be approved by each Head of Department and conform to the Arts General Regulations for Joint Honours degrees.

  2. Students shall complete at least 45 credit hours in English, of which at least 27 credit hours shall be at the 3000-level or above.

  3. English courses at the 4000-level may not be chosen from those offered by another department.

  4. Any course that considers more than one national literature or period fulfills only one requirement for the Honours degree in English.

  5. Students will write their Honours Essay for only one of the two departments from which they are taking Joint Honours.

  6. The 45 credit hours shall include:

    1. 6 credit hours in courses at the first-year level;

    2. English 2000 and 2001;

    3. English 3200 or 3201;

    4. 3 credit hours in Canadian literature;

    5. English 4100 and 4101;

    6. English 4900 or 4901;

    7. 3 credit hours in pre-19th century literature (excluding English 3200 and 3201);

    8. 3 credit hours in 19th century literature;

    9. 3 credit hours in 20th or 21st century literature; and

    10. 9 credit hours in additional English courses, of which 3 credit hours must be at the 3000-level and 6 credit hours must be at the 4000-level.