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: 9 - 13 April 2018

While students are welcome to contact Undergraduate Chair Ann Martin at any time for advice on their English degrees, early advising is available for upper-year English Majors and all Honours students. Please get in touch with Professor Martin at ann.martin@usask.ca (306-966-5527) or Department Head Professor Wendy Roy (wendy.roy@usask.ca, 306-966-2132) to set up an appointment 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 12 March - 30 April.

Graduate School and Funding Information Session: Wednesday 26 September 2019

Students are invited to attend this overview of the graduate programs offered in the Department of English, including the MFA in Writing and literary studies Masters and Doctoral degrees. As well as the benefits of graduate studies, the session will address the application process, provide an overview of funding opportunities, and outline best practices for funding applications. Participants can also sign up for workshops to support success in the 2018-19 SSHRC competitions (deadline 1 December for MA SSHRC applications).

Honours Colloquium: Friday 1 February 2019

In this capstone 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 this event, which will be held at the Diefenbaker Centre.

Career Options for English Majors Event: Wednesday 6 March 2019

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 a distinguished alumnus, there will be presentations on the Career Internship course (ENG 496.3), on the benefits 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 3 April 2019

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/undergraduates/awards.php

English Course Descriptions

2018 - 2019

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.

English Course Offerings by Term

2018 -2019

6-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (TERM 1 AND TERM 2)

ENG 202.6 (61) Reading the Canon: Texts and Contexts
        204.6 (01) History and Future of the Book
        399.6 (01) Introduction to Old Icelandic Language and Literature

3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (TERM 1)

ENG 224.3 (01, online) Shakespeare: Comedy and History
        225.3 (01) Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
        226.3 (online) Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
        230.3 (61) Literature for Children
        242.3 (online) Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
        246.3 (01) Short Fiction
        254.3 (01) Canadian Speculative Fiction
        277.3 (61) Literary Uses of Mythology
        282.3 (61) Feminist Critical Theory and Literature by Women
        294.3 (01) Techniques of Canadian Poetry
        311.3 (61) Canterbury Tales
        314.3 (01) Early British Drama
        335.3 (01) Emergence of Indigenous Literature in Canada
        358.3 (online) Canadian Drama
        360.3 (01) British and Irish Literature Since 1950
        373.3 (01) English Fiction to 1800
        380.3 (61) American Literature to 1900
        389.3 (01) Structures of English
        402.3 (61) Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature
        414.3 (01) Topics in 19th Century British Literature
        416.3 (01) Topics in 19th Century American Literature
        444.3 (01) Topics in Commonwealth and Post-Colonial Literature
        497.0 (01) Honours Colloquium

3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES (TERM 2)

ENG 206.3 (02) Introduction to Cultural Studies
        207.3 (02) Decolonizing Literatures
        215.3 (62) Life Writing
        224.3 (02) Shakespeare: Comedy and History
        225.3 (02, online) Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
        226.3 (online) Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
        232.3 (02) Gothic Narrative
        242.3 (02) Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
        277.3 (online) Literary Uses of Mythology
        284.3 (62) Beowulf and Tales of Northern Heroes
        288.3 (02) Introduction to Film
        307.3 (online) Digital Culture and New Media
        319.3 (02) Renaissance Literature I, 16th Century
        334.3 (62) Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
        341.3 (02) The British Novel 1850-1900
        359.3 (online) Western Canadian Literature
        366.3 (62) Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
        368.3 (02) Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Poetry
        377.3 (02) Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Drama
        381.3 (62) American Literature from 1900 to the Present
        382.3 (02) Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
        406.3 (02) Topics in 17th Century Literature in English
        460.3 (02) Topics in 20th Century British and Irish Literature
        466.3 (02) Topics in 20th Century Canadian Literature
        496.3 (02) Career Internship

English Course Offerings by Category

2018 - 2019

Foundation Classes:

ENG 202.6 (61) Reading the Canon: Texts and Contexts
        204.6 (01) History and Future of the Book

Category 1 – Anglo-Saxon and Medieval:

ENG 311.3 (61) Canterbury Tales
        314.3 (01) Early British Drama
        399.6 (01) Introduction to Old Icelandic Language and Literature
        402.3 (61) Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature

Category 2 – Renaissance:

ENG 224.3 (01, 02, online) Shakespeare: Comedy and History
        225.3 (01, 02, online) Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
        319.3 (02) Renaissance Literature I, 16th Century
        406.3 (02) Topics in 17th Century English Literature

Category 3 – 18th and 19th Centuries:

ENG 334.3 (62) Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
        335.3 (01) Emergence of Indigenous Literature in Canada
        341.3 (02) The British Novel, 1850-1900
        373.3 (01) English Fiction to 1800
        380.3 (61) American Literature to 1900
        414.3 (01) Topics in 19th Century British Literature
        416.3 (01) Topics in 19th Century American Literature

Category 4 – 20th and 21st Century:

ENG 207.3 (02) Decolonizing Literatures
        242.3 (02, online) Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
        358.3 (online) Canadian Drama
        359.3 (online) Western Canadian Literature
        360.3 (01) British and Irish Literature Since 1950
        368.3 (02) Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Poetry
        377.3 (02) Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Drama
        381.3 (62) American Literature from 1900 to the Present
        382.3 (02) Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
        444.3 (01) Topics in Commonwealth and Post-Colonial Literature
        460.3 (02) Topics in 20th Century British and Irish Literature
        466.3 (02) Topics in 20th Century Canadian Literature

Category 5 – Media, Culture, and Community:

ENG 206.3 (02) Introduction to Cultural Studies
        288.3 (02) Introduction to Film
        307.3 (online) Digital Culture and New Media

Non-Category:

ENG 215.3 (62) Life Writing
        226.3 (online) Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
        230.3 (61) Literature for Children
        232.3 (02) Gothic Narrative
        246.3 (01) Short Fiction
        254.3 (01) Canadian Speculative Fiction
        277.3 (61, online) Literary Uses of Mythology
        282.3 (61) Feminist Critical Theory and Literature by Women
        284.3 (62) Beowulf and Tales of Northern Heroes
        294.3 (01) Techniques of Canadian Poetry
        366.3 (62) Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
        389.3 (01) Structures of English
        496.3 (02) Career Internship
        497.0 (01) Honours Colloquium

Canadian:

ENG 242.3 (02, online) Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
        254.3 (01) Canadian Speculative Fiction
        294.3 (01) Techniques of Canadian Poetry
        335.3 (01) Emergence of Indigenous Literature in Canada
        358.3 (online) Canadian Drama
        359.3 (online) Western Canadian Literature
        382.3 (02) Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
        466.3 (02) Topics in 20th Century Canadian Literature

Scholarships and 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 Socieity

The University of Saskatchewan English Undergraduate Society (EUS) works to represent, provide resourses 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.