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English undergraduate options include three- and four-year BAs, an Honours degree, and a minor in Canadian Literature. See the program catalogue for details and explore our English Major Map.

The Value of an English Degree

English literature courses and degrees develop analytical and communication skills that are crucial for considering how personal identities intersect with the local and global communities in which we live and work. A degree in English can lead to careers in advertising, editing, publishing, journalism, technical writing, teaching, library and information sciences, website design, law, public service, speech writing, corporate training, business administration, marketing public relations, translation — any kind of work that requires the ability to analyze texts, engage with complex issues, think critically and imaginatively, and write clearly and concisely. More information about the value and skills of an English degree is available in our department’s Program Goals.

U of S English Programs and Advising

The University of Saskatchewan has a range of 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, including questions about degree options and—for Honours students and upper-year Majors—permissions to enrol in 400-level seminars (including ENG 496.3, our Career Internship course), please contact the English Undergraduate Chair, Professor Ella Ophir, at You can also contact the College of Arts & Science Undergraduate Student Office at

Students with an average of at least 70% at the end of the second year are strongly encouraged to apply for entry to Honours English, a four-year program that enables students to take multiple 400-level seminar classes, which feature 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 professionalization in fields such as librarianship, education, publishing, and journalism. Honours students as well as upper-year English Majors also have access to our pioneering Career Internships class (ENG 496.3), which provides opportunities for experiential learning and active engagement with community organizations through targeted job placements.

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 Ella Ophir, at, 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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