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

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 Honours program is for students who have a keen interest in literature or who intend to pursue graduate work in English or professional programs such as Law, Journalism, or Library and Information Science. It is also suitable for those who wish to pursue careers in writing-intensive fields such as education, public relations, or publishing. The minimum required average is 70%. Students must apply by May 31 through the College of Arts & Science Undergraduate Office; a link to the form is on the Department’s website (Advising and Resources, under the Undergraduates tab). The program includes participation in the Honours Colloquium, and eligibility for several dedicated scholarships. For details see https://programs.usask.ca/arts-and-science/english/ba-hon-english.php

Crucial Dates for Department of English Undergraduates

Department of English Early Advising Week: April 6 - 10, 2020
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) or the 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).

Graduate School and Funding Information Session: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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 2020-21 SSHRC competitions (deadline: 1 December for MA SSHRC applications).

Honours Colloquium: Friday, 5 February 2021
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.

Career Options for Students of English Event: Wednesday, 3 March 2021
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, 31 March 2021
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.phphttp://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/undergraduates/awards.php

English Course Descriptions

2020-21

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 2020.

Please 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

2020-21

6-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES

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

3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES - TERM 1

ENG  206.3 (01)        Introduction to Cultural Studies
         207.3 (01)        Introduction to Colonial and Decolonizing Literatures
         220.3 (01)        Studies in the Craft of Writing
         224.3 (61)        Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         225.3 (online)  Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
         226.3 (online)  Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
         232.3 (01)        Gothic Narrative
         242.3 (01)        Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
         246.3 (01)        Short Fiction
         277.3 (online)  Literary Uses of Mythology
         301.3 (01)        Old English Language and Culture
         311.3 (61)        The Canterbury Tales
         322.3 (01)        Renaissance Literature II: The Seventeenth Century
         334.3 (62)        Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
         382.3 (01)        Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
         359.3 (online)  Western Canadian Literature
         402.3 (01)        Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature: Medieval Women
         404.3 (01)        Topics in 16th Century Literature in English
         414.5 (01)        Topics in 19th Century British Literature: The Romantic Era Sonnet
         416.3 (01)        Topics in 19th Century American Literature: Emily Dickinson

3-CREDIT-UNIT CLASSES - TERM 2

ENG  224.3 (02)        Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         224.3 (online) Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         225.3 (02)        Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
         230.3 (62)        Literature for Children
         242.3 (online)  Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
         255.5 (02)        Mapping Canadian Literature
         260.3 (02)        Crime and Detective Fiction
         286.3 (62)        Courtly Love and Medieval Romance
         288.3 (02)        Introduction to Film
         313.3 (02)        Middle English Romances
         331.3 (online)  Romantic Literature
         335.3 (02)        Emergence of Indigenous Literatures in Canada
         340.3 (02)        Eighteenth-Century British Literature
        
341.3 (62)        The British Novel 1850 to 1900
         366.3 (62)        Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
         377.3 (02)        Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Drama
         444.3 (02)        Topics in Decolonizing and Transnational Literatures:
                                Counter-Empires: Decolonizing Speculative Fiction
         466.3 (02)        Topics in 20th Century Canadian Literature: Michael Ondaatje
         496.3 (02)        Career Internship

English Course Offerings by Category

2020-21

Foundation Classes:

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

Category 1 – Anglo-Saxon and Medieval:

ENG  301.3 (01)       Old English Language and Culture
         311.3 (61)        The Canterbury Tales
         313.3 (02)        Middle English Romances
         402.3 (01)        Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature: Medieval Women

Category 2 – 16th and 17th Centuries:

ENG  224.3 (02)        Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         224.3 (61)        Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         224.3 (T2 online) Shakespeare: Comedy and History
         225.3 (02)        Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
         225.3 (T1 online) Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance
         322.3 (01)        Renaissance Literature II: The Seventeenth Century
         404.3 (01)        Topics in 16th Century Literature in English

Category 3 – 18th and 19th Centuries:

ENG  331.3 (T2 online) Romantic Literature
         334.3 (61)        Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
         335.3 (02)        Emergence of Indigenous Literatures in Canada
         340.3 (02)        Eighteenth-Century British Literature
        
341.3 (62)        The British Novel 1850 to 1900
         414.5 (01)        Topics in 19th Century British Literature: The Romantic Era Sonnet
         416.3 (01)        Topics in 19th Century American Literature: Emily Dickinson

Category 4 – 20th and 21st Century:

ENG  207.3 (01)        Introduction to Colonial and Decolonizing Literatures
         242.3 (01)        Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
         242.3 (T2 online) Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
         255.3 (02)        Mapping Canadian Literature
         359.3 (T1 online) Western Canadian Literature
         377.3 (02)        Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Drama
         382.3 (01)        Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
         444.3 (02)        Topics in Decolonizing and Transnational Literatures:
                                Counter-Empires: Decolonizing Speculative Fiction
         466.3 (02)        Topics in 20th Century Canadian Literature: Michael Ondaatje

Category 5 – Media, Culture, and Community:

ENG  206.3 (01)        Introduction to Cultural Studies
         288.3 (02)        Introduction to Film

Non-Category:

ENG  220.3 (01)        Studies in the Craft of Writing
         226.3 (T1 online)  Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
         230.3 (62)        Literature for Children
         232.3 (01)        Gothic Narrative
         246.3 (01)        Short Fiction
         260.3 (02)        Crime and Detective Fiction
         277.3 (T1 online) Literary Uses of Mythology
         286.3 (62)        Courtly Love and Medieval Romance
         366.3 (62)        Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
         496.3 (02)        Career Internship
         497.0 (01)        Honours Colloquium       

Canadian:

ENG  255.5 (02)        Mapping Canadian Literature
         359.3 (T1 online) Western Canadian Literature
         382.3 (01)        Canadian Fiction from 1960 to the Present
         466.3 (02)        Topics in 20th Century Canadian Literature: Michael Ondaatje

Indigenous Learning Requirement:

ENG  242.3 (01)        Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies
         242.3 (T2 online) 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 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 University Library provides free writing support to all USask students, no matter their discipline or level of study. 

Tutors can help you to

  • get started on an assignment
  • clarify your goals 
  • improve your organization and writing style 
  • learn how to outline, draft, and revise your work
  • practice the conventions of writing in your discipline
  • notice patterns of error in your writing, which will help you to improve and focus your editing and proofreading
  • understand the rules of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation
  • paraphrase, summarize, quote and cite your sources.

There are two ways to receive help:

1) Book an appointment to meet with a tutor via Webex. Instructions and support for using Webex will be provided.

or

2) Receive help via email.

For more information, visit our website, or email writinghelp@usask.ca

We look forward to helping you!