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.

We offer a range of degrees, as well as Minors in English and in Canadian Literature. We also contribute to the interdisciplinary Certificate in the Study of Indigenous Storytelling. An English degree at any level will develop knowledge of the genres, eras, and contexts of literature in English, as well as communication, analytical, and research skills. Each program except the certificate requires 6 credit units of 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, 3 cu Canadian, and 3 cu Indigenous)

4-year B.A. Major Requirements

3 cu Histories of English courses
ENG 394.3: Literary and Cultural Theory
3 cu from each of Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (15 cu total)
12 cu other senior English classes
(15 cu must be at the 300 level, 3 cu Canadian, and 3 cu Indigenous)

B.A. Honours Major Requirements

6 cu Histories of English courses
ENG 394.3: Literary and Cultural Theory
6 cu from each of Categories 1, 2, 3, 4 and 3 cu from Category 5 (27 cu total)
18 cu other senior English classes
ENG 497.0: Honours Colloquium
(12 cu must be at the 300 level, 12 cu at the 400 level, 3 cu Canadian, and 3 cu Indigenous)

B.A. Double Honours Major Requirements

6 cu Histories of English courses
ENG 394.3: Literary and Cultural Theory
3 cu from each of Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (15 cu total)
12 cu other senior English classes & ENG 497.0
(12 cu must be at the 300 level, 6 cu at the 400 level, 3 cu Canadian, and 3 cu Indigenous)

English Minor Requirements

6 cu 300-level courses
9 cu other English courses

Canadian Literature in English Minor Requirements

ENG 255.3
12 cu other Canadian Literature courses    

Certificate in the Study of Indigenous Storytelling Requirements

3 cu ENG 100-level & INDG 107.3 and ENG 242.3
12 cu selected ENG, INDG, and DRAM 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 English Honours program is for students who have a keen interest in literature or who intend to pursue graduate work in English or professional programs. It is also suitable for those who wish to pursue careers in writing-intensive fields such as education, public relations, or publishing. The program includes participation in the Honours Colloquium and eligibility for several dedicated scholarships. The minimum required average is 70%. Students must apply by May 31 through the College of Arts & Science Undergraduate Office. For further program details see https://programs.usask.ca/arts-and-science/english/ba-hon-english.php

Important Dates for Department of English Undergraduates

Department of English Early Advising Week: 20 - 26 April 2022

While students are welcome to contact the Undergraduate Chair 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 Ella Ophir at e.ophir@usask.ca (306-966-2056) 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).

Graduate School and Funding Information Session: Wednesday 21 September 2022

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 2021-22 SSHRC competitions (deadline: 1 December for MA SSHRC applications).

Honours Colloquium: Friday 3 February 2023

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! See: https://conferences.usask.ca/enghons2021/

Career Options for Students of English Event: Wednesday 8 March 2023

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 Employment and Career Centre. All are welcome to attend! See: https://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/undergraduates/career-options-2021.php

Undergraduate Awards Reception: Wednesday 5 April 2023

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: https://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/undergraduates/awards.php

English Course Descriptions

2022-23

Course descriptions by level:

As well, please check the University of Saskatchewan Class Search for the most up-to-date scheduling information and for summer course offerings.

English Course Offerings by Term

2022-23

TERM 1

207.3  (01)       Introduction to Colonial and Decolonizing Literatures
212.3  (01)       A History of English Words
215.3  (61)       Life Writing    
224.3  (61)       Shakespeare: Comedy and History
224.3  (W01)    Shakespeare: Comedy and History (online)
232.3  (01)       Gothic Narrative
242.3  (01)       Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
260.3  (01)       Crime and Detective Fiction
277.3  (61)       Literary Uses of Mythology
311.3  (61)       The Canterbury Tales
327.3  (01)       English Drama 1660-1737
330.3  (01)       British and Irish Literature 1900 to 1950
334.3  (61)       Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
358.3  (01)       Canadian Drama
363.3  (01)       Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Fiction
394.3  (01)       Literary and Cultural Theory
402.3  (01)       Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature: The Proverb in Medieval English and Related Literatures
404.3  (01)       Topics in 16th Century Literature in English: Love, Marriage, and Desire
414.3  (61)       Topics in 19th Century British Literature: Disability and Victorian Fiction
497.0  (01)       Honours Colloquium

TERM 2

206.3  (02)       Introduction to Cultural Studies
211.3  (02)       History and Future of the Book
217.3  (62)       Mythologies of Northern Europe
220.3  (02)       Studies in the Craft of Writing
225.3  (02)       Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
225.3  (04)       Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
230.3  (62)       Literature for Children 
246.3  (02)       Short Fiction
255.3  (W02)    Mapping Canadian Literature (online)
288.3  (02)       Introduction to Film
301.3  (02)       Old English Language and Culture
314.3  (02)       Early British Drama
326.3  (02)       Renaissance Epic
331.3  (WS2)    Literature of the Romantic Period (online)
335.3  (02)       Emergence of Indigenous Literatures in Canada
340.3  (02)       Eighteenth-Century British Literature 
366.3  (02)       Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
382.3  (02)       Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present        
446.3  (02)       Topics in Genres and Contexts of Modern Literature: “The Shock of the New” at a Hundred Years Old
484.3  (62)       Topics in Women’s Literature: Forms of Hunger: The Literary Afterlives of Simone Weil
496.0  (02)       Career Internship

English Course Offerings by Category

2022-23

Histories of English

211.3  (01)       History and Future of the Book                
212.3  (01)       A History of English Words 

Category 1 – Anglo-Saxon and Medieval
301.3 (01)        Old English Language and Culture
311.3 (62)        Chaucer
314.3  (02)       Early British Drama
402.3  (01)       Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature

Category 2 – 16th and 17th Centuries
224.3  (61)       Shakespeare: Comedy and History
224.3 (W01)     Shakespeare: Comedy and History (online)
225.3  (02)       Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
225.3  (04)       Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
326.3  (02)       Renaissance Epic
404.3  (01)       Topics in 16th Century Literature in English: Love, Marriage, and Desire

Category 3 – 18th and 19th Centuries
327.3  (01)       English Drama 1660-1737
331.3  (WS2)    Literature of the Romantic Period (online)
334.3  (61)       Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
340.3  (02)       Eighteenth-Century British Literature 
414.3  (61)       Topics in 19th Century British Literature: Disability and Victorian Fiction 

Category 4 – 20th and 21st Century
206.3  (02)       Introduction to Cultural Studies
288.3  (02)       Introduction to Film
242.3  (01)       Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
330.3  (01)       British and Irish Literature 1900 to 1950
335.3  (02)       Emergence of Indigenous Literatures in Canada
358.3  (01)       Canadian Drama
363.3  (01)       Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Fiction
382.3  (02)       Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
446.3  (02)       Topics in Genres and Contexts of Modern Literature: “The Shock of the New” at a Hundred Years Old
484.3  (62)       Topics in Women’s Literature: Forms of Hunger: The Literary Afterlives of Simone Weil 

Category 5 – Decolonizing, Transnational, and Diasporic Literatures

207.3  (01)       Introduction to Colonial and Decolonizing Literatures

Non-Category:

215.3  (61)       Life Writing    
217.3  (62)       Mythologies of Northern Europe
220.3  (02)       Studies in the Craft of Writing
230.3  (62)       Literature for Children 
232.3  (01)       Gothic Narrative
246.3  (02)       Short Fiction
260.3  (01)       Crime and Detective Fiction
277.3  (61)       Literary Uses of Mythology
366.3  (62)       Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
394.3  (02)       Literary and Cultural Theory
496.3  (02)       Career Internship
497.0  (01)       Honours Colloquium 

Canadian Literature

255.3  (W02)    Mapping Canadian Literature (online)
358.3  (01)       Canadian Drama
382.3  (02)       Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present         

Indigenous Learning Requirement

242.3  (01)      Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
335.3  (02)      Emergence of Indigenous Literatures in Canada

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 Brigitte McGhee in Arts 520 (asg.studentawards@usask.ca, tel. 306-966-5489). Awards for which applications are required appear in order of due date.

Information about Department of English scholarships and awards may be viewed online at http://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/undergraduates/awards.php. For information on university-wide scholarships, awards, and bursaries, see the University of Saskatchewan awards website at http://students.usask.ca/money/scholarships.php. For College of Arts and Science awards, see: http://artsandscience.usask.ca/undergraduate/scholarships.php.

Faculty Members

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

English Undergraduate Socieity

If you’re an English major, interested in taking some English classes, or just enjoy reading and writing, get connected to the English Undergraduate Society to learn about events, deadlines, scholarships, awards, and so much more!

The EUS is a student-led club at the University of Saskatchewan that aims to represent, provide resources for, and connect English students or those interested in English-related studies to each other, to faculty in the English Department, and to the wider campus community. Throughout the year, we plan informal get-togethers, professor meet and greets, movie/lecture nights, book sales and exchanges, study sessions, scholarship application support, and career info sessions (and parties!). The EUS not only creates a supportive and safe community on campus, but also provides leadership opportunities and valuable career-related experiences for members, such as interpersonal communication and event planning.

Follow Us! Contact Us! Join Us!

Facebook: uofseusociety

Twitter: @eusuofs

Instagram: english.undergrad.society

E-mail: english.undergrad.society@usask.ca

https://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/undergraduates/undergrad-society.php

 The University of Saskatchewan 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!

Writing Help

Student Learning Services is located in the University of Saskatchewan’s Murray Library (https://library.usask.ca/studentlearning/) and its Writing Help Centre in Room 142 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 (see https://library.usask.ca/studentlearning/writing-help/). Free workshops on such topics as punctuation, clarity, organization, and MLA style 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: an exam, a five-page assignment, or a 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 language instruction, please consult the Language Centre website (https://admissions.usask.ca/colleges/language.php) and contact the Centre by e-mail (reception.uslc@usask.ca) or by phone: 306-966-4351.

More information about Writing Help can be found by contacting Liv Marken, Writing Help Coordinator (writinghelp@usask.ca; 306-966-2771).