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The Value of an English Degree

English literature programs can provide students with intellectual skills necessary for success as contributing members of society, since they encourage consideration of how personal identities are formed and influenced by the world around us. A degree in English can lead to a career as an editor, publisher, journalist, report writer, teacher, English professor, librarian, website designer, advertising executive, lawyer, public servant, speech writer — indeed any kind of work that requires the ability to analyze texts, think critically and imaginatively, and write clearly and concisely. More information about the value and skills of an English degree is available in our departmental Program Goals.
 

U of S English Programs and Advising

The University of Saskatchewan has several English program options, including three- and four-year degrees and a minor in Canadian Literature. Information about these programs is available online in the Program Catalogue.

For English undergraduate advising, please contact the College of Arts & Science Undergraduate Student Office at student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca

Students with an average of at least 70% at the end of the second year are eligible to apply for entry to Honours English, a four-year program that allows students to take 400-level seminar classes featuring in-depth critical discussions of literature. The Honours program is especially suitable for those who have a keen interest in literature or who intend to go on to further studies, either graduate work in English or studies in librarianship, education, publishing, journalism, etc. Honours students have access to our pioneering Career Internships class (ENG 496.3), which provides opportunities for experiential learning and active engagement with community organizations. 

Applications for the Honours Program (deadline May 31) are available online. Students who are interested in Honours English are invited to contact the English Undergraduate Chair, Professor Ann Martin, at ann.martin@usask.ca, to arrange an advising session.

Several dedicated scholarships are available to English majors, and several more to English Honours students.

 

What to Expect from an English Class

100-level English Classes
English courses at the 100 level develop skills in composition and in the critical analysis of texts from different genres and historical periods.
 
200-level English Classes
Classes at the 200 level are designed to give a broad overview of the subject area under study and may be of general interest to majors, and as electives to non-majors and students in other colleges.
 
300-level English Classes
Courses at the 300 level set literary texts in their historical and cultural contexts.
 
400-level English Classes
Limited to 15 students each, seminars provide opportunities for students to present papers and to engage in critical discussion of literature on a regular basis.  
 

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