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English Course Handbook 2017-18

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

The study of English literature is an exploration of the ways in which we express or create worlds through language. Literary works help us not only imagine other worlds and forms of human experience, but also learn how to become better readers, writers, editors, researchers, and critical thinkers.

The department of English offers Three-year, Four-year, and Honours degrees in English literature, as well as Minors in English and in Canadian Literature. An English major at any level will introduce you to the major genres, time periods, and geographical areas of literature in English, with more comprehensive study in the four-year and Honours programs. All major and minor programs will help you to improve reading, analytical, research, and communication skills; the more concentrated the study, the more those skills will be refined. Each program requires 6 cu 100-level English, as well as:

3-year B.A. Major Requirements:
6 cu English classes from among Categories 1, 2, or 3
18 cu other senior English classes
(12 cu must be at the 300 level and 3 cu must be Canadian)
 
4-year B.A. Major Requirements:
6 cu Foundation courses
6 cu each from two of Categories 1, 2, or 3 (12 cu total)
12 cu other senior English classes
(15 cu must be at the 300 level and 3 cu must be Canadian)
 
B.A. Honours Major Requirements:
12 cu Foundation courses
6 cu from each of Categories 1, 2, 3, and 4/5 (24 cu total)
18 cu other senior English classes
(12 cu must be at the 300 level, 12 cu at the 400 level, and 6 cu Canadian; ENG 497.0 also required)
 
B.A. Double Honours Major Requirements:
6 cu Foundation courses
6 cu each from two of Categories 1, 2, or 3 (12 cu total)
12 cu other senior English classes
(12 cu must be at the 300 level, 6 cu at the 400 level, and 3 cu Canadian; ENG 497.0 also required)
English Minor Requirements:
6 cu 300-level courses
9 cu other English courses
 
Canadian Literature in English Minor Requirements:
ENG 253.6
12 cu other Canadian Literature courses                                                                                

For more details on the various English programs, see the program catalogue. Please also check out the English Department website.

Students wishing to take 200-level English courses need first to complete 6 credit units at the 100 level. Those wishing to take courses at the 300 level are required to complete a pre- or co-requisite of 3 credit units at the 200 level.

THE HONOURS PROGRAM

The Honours program is designed for students 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. The minimum average required is 70%, and students must apply for this program by May 31 through the College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Office; a link to the form is on the English Department’s Undergraduate Advising and Resources web page. In addition to providing a more intensive training in English, this program allows the student to take 12 credit units in 400-level seminar classes that promote in-depth critical discussions of literature, and to participate in the annual Honours Colloquium. Honours students also have access to our pioneering career internships class (ENG 496.3), which provides opportunities for experiential learning and active engagement with community organizations. Several dedicated scholarships are available to Honours students. 

CRUCIAL DATES FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH UNDERGRADUATES

Department of English Advising Week: 10 - 14 April 2017
Honours and fourth-year English students are encouraged to contact Undergraduate Chair Ann Martin (ann.martin@usask.ca, 306-966-5527) or Department Head Brent Nelson (brent.nelson@usask.ca, 306-966-1820) to set up appointments for course planning. Students can also consult with the College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Student Office in Room 265 of the Arts Building student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca, 306-966-4231). The Undergraduate Student Office’s Spring advising runs 13 March - 28 April.

Funding Information Session: Wednesday 27 September 2017

Upper-year students are encouraged to attend this introduction to grant application strategies supporting graduate studies. As well as providing an overview of funding opportunities, the session will clarify the application process, and follow-up workshops are geared to supporting student success in the 2017-18 MA SSHRC competition (deadline 1 December).

Honours Colloquium: Friday 2 February 2018

As a capstone element of their degree, Honours English students in their final year of study present ten-minute papers during a day devoted to celebrating undergraduate research. All are welcome to attend!

Career Options for English Majors Event: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Join us for an information session on how a degree in English can prepare you for the demands and opportunities of today’s job market. As well as a talk by distinguished alumni reflecting on their journey from the Department of English to their current position, there will be presentations on the Career Internship course (ENG 496.3), on the possibilities of graduate studies in English, and on the nuts and bolts of career planning from a representative of the Student Enrolment and Career Centre. All are welcome to attend!

Undergraduate Awards Reception: Wednesday 4 April 2018

Our annual awards ceremony recognizes the many recipients of prizes and scholarships available through the Department of English. In addition to the presentations, there will be a reception for all English students as well as faculty, donors, and community partners as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our award winners. For more information on the Scholarships and Awards available to English Majors and Honours students, see our website: http://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/undergraduate/awards.php

ENGLISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 2017-2018

The links below will take you to websites showing further information about each class, including detailed course descriptions, instructors, and scheduled dates and times. This information is correct as of April + 2016.

* Pease check the University of Saskatchewan Dynamic Course Schedule for the most up-to-date scheduling information and for summer course offerings.

200-Level Classes

300-Level Classes

400-Level Classes

 

ENGLISH COURSE OFFERINGS 2017-2018 - BY TERM

6-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (TERM 1 AND 2)
ENG 202.6 (01) Reading the Canon: Texts and Contexts 
         203.6 (01) Reading English: Critical Approaches
         253.6 (01) Canadian Literature in English
         290.6 (01) English Linguistics and the History of the English Language

3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (TERM 1)
ENG 209.3 (01)  Transnational Literatures 
         215.3 (61)  Life Writing
         224.3 (01)  Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         225.3 (01)  Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance                                             
         232.3 (01)  Gothic Narrative
         242.3 (01)  Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
         260.3 (01)  Crime and Detective Fiction
         286.3 (61)  Courtly Love and Medieval Romance                      
         288.3 (01)  Introduction to Film
         301.3 (01)  Old English Languages and Culture
         312.3 (61)  Early Chaucer
         322.3 (01)  Renaissance Literature II, 17th Century
         327.3 (01)  English Drama, 1660-1737
         348.3 (01)  Modern Drama, 1870 to 1950
         362.3 (01)  The British Novel, 1800-1850
         380.3 (61)  American Literature to 1900
         402.3 (01)  Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature
         410.3 (01)  Topics in 18th Century British Literature
         446.3 (01)  Topics in Genres and Contexts of Modern Literature

COGNATE 3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (Term 1)

INCC 201.3 (02) Dynamics of Community Involvement

3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (TERM 2)
ENG 224.3 (62)   Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         225.3 (02)   Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
         226.3 (02)   Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
         230.3 (62)   Literature for Children
         246.3 (02)   Short Fiction
         277.3 (62)   Literary Uses of Mythology
         282.3 (62)   Feminist Critical Theory and Literature by Women
         307.3 (02)   Digital Literature and New Media
         310.3 (02)   Old English Literature
         313.3 (02)   Middle English Romances
         330.3 (02)   British and Irish Literature, 1900-1950

COGNATE 3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (Term 1)
INCC 201.3 (02) Dynamics of Community Involvement

 

ENGLISH COURSE OFFERINGS 2017-18 - BY CATEGORY

Foundation:
ENG 202.6 (01)  Reading the Canon: Texts and Contexts
ENG 203.6 (01)  Reading English: Critical Approaches
ENG 290.6 (01)  English Linguistics and the History of the English Language

Category 1 - Anglo-Saxon and Medieval:
ENG 301.3 (01)  Old English Languages and Culture
ENG 310.3 (02)  Old English Literature
ENG 312.3 (61)  Early Chaucer
ENG 313.3 (02)  Middle English Romances
ENG 402.3 (01,62) Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature

Category 2 - Renaissance:
ENG 224.3 (01,62)  Shakespeare: Comedy and History
ENG 225.3 (01,02)  Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
ENG 322.3 (01)  Renaissance Literature II, 17th Century
ENG 404.3 (02)  Topics in 16th Century English Literature

Category 3 - 18th and 19th Centuries:
ENG 327.3 (01)  English Drama, 1660-1737
ENG 331.3 (02)  Literature of the Romantic Period
ENG 340.3 (02)  18th Century British Literature
ENG 326.3 (01)  The British Novel, 1800-1850
ENG 380.3 (61)  American Literature to 1900
ENG 410.3 (02)  Topics in 18th Century British Literature
ENG 418.3 (02)  Topics in 19th Century Canadian Literature

Category 4 - 20th Century:
ENG 209.3 (01)  Transnational Literatures
ENG 242.3 (01)  Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
ENG 253.6 (01)  Canadian Literature in English
ENG 330.3 (02)  British and Irish Literature, 1900-1950
ENG 338.3 (02)  Contemporary North American Aboriginal Literature
ENG 359.3 (02)  Western Canadian Literature
ENG 446.3 (01)  Topics in Genres and Contexts of Modern Literature
ENG 464.3 (02)  Topics in 20th Century American Literature

Category 5 - Media, Culture, and Community:
ENG 288.3 (01)  Introduction to Film
ENG 307.3 (02)  Digital Literature and New Media
ENG 488.3 (02)  Topics in Genres and Contexts of Literature
INCC 201.3 (02) Dynamics of Community Involvement

Non-Category:
ENG 251.3 (61)  Life Writing
ENG 226.3 (02)  Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
ENG 230.3 (62)  Literature for Children
ENG 232.3 (01)  Gothic Narrative
ENG 246.3 (01)  Short Fiction
ENG 260.3 (01)  Crime and Detective Fiction
ENG 277.3 (62)  Literary Uses of Mythology
ENG 282.3 (62)  Feminist Critical Theory and Literature by Women
ENG 286.3 (61)  Courtly Love and Medieval Romance
ENG 496.3 (02)  Career Internship
ENG 497.0 (01)  Honours Colloquium

Canadian:
ENG 242.3 (01)  Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
ENG 253.6 (01)  Canadian Literature in English
ENG 338.3 (02)  Contemporary North American Aboriginal Literature
ENG 359.3 (02)  Western Canadian Literature
ENG 418.3 (02)  Topics in 19th Century Canadian Literature

AWARDS

Click here for a list of scholarships and awards designated for English majors and/or that are adjudicated by the Department of English. Questions regarding these awards may be directed to asg.studentawards@usask.ca. Awards for which applications are required appear in order of due date.

For information on more general scholarships, awards, and bursaries, see the University of Saskatchewan awards website and the College of Arts and Science website

 

FACULTY MEMBERS

A list of all University of Saskatchewan English faculty members, including contact information and degree credentials, is found here.

 

ENGLISH UNDERGRADUATE SOCIETY

The University of Saskatchewan English Undergraduate Society (EUS) works to represent, provide resources for, and connect English students or those interested in English-related studies.

What do we do?

  • Career sessions
  • Game nights
  • Community talks
  • Book sales
  • "Meet the Prof" mixers
  • Coffee hours and movie nights

The U of S has a vibrant English Community full of interesting discussions, new perspectives, and fantastic people. Take advantage of these great opportunities, and have an even better University (and English class) experience!

For more information and updates on upcoming events, find us on Facebook.

 

WRITING HELP

The Student Learning Services Writing Help centre at the University of Saskatchewan offers intensive, individualized instruction in academic writing. It charges no fees and serves all students, undergraduate and graduate, of all disciplines and colleges across campus. Students can receive help by submitting their papers or writing questions online (www.usask.ca/ulc/onlinewritinghelp) or in person at the drop-in centre in Murray 142 (first floor of the Main Library). Free workshops on such topics as punctuation, clarity, organization, and documentation are offered regularly.

Students may seek advice at any stage of the writing process, whether they are developing a topic or drafting revisions, and for any kind of academic writing: the exam, the five-page assignment or lengthier research essay. Tutors assist students in sharpening their powers of expression, but do not proofread or edit student papers. ESL/EAL instruction is not provided. For more information on subsequent language instruction, please contact the Language Centre at learnenglish.usask.ca, phone 306-966-4343.

More information about Writing Help can be found at http://www.usask.ca/ulc/writing or by contacting Liv Marken, Writing Help Coordinator: phone 306-966-2771 or e-mail writinghelp@usask.ca.

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