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 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, 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 & 3 cu from Category 5 (27 cu total)
18 cu other senior English classes (or ENG 120.3) & ENG 497.0
(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 Honours program is for students who have a keen interest in literature or who intend to pursue graduate work in English or professional programs (Law, Journalism, Information Sciences). It is essential background for careers in writing-intensive fields (Education, Public Relations, Publishing, Communications). The program includes participation in the Honours Colloquium and eligibility for several dedicated scholarships worth thousands of dollars. The minimum required average is 70%. Students must apply by May 31 through the College of Arts & Science Undergraduate Office. For 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: 19 - 23 April 2021

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 Ann Martin at ann.martin@usask.ca (306-966-5527) 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 22 September 2021

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 4 February 2022

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 2 March 2022

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 30 March 2022

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

2021-22

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 May 2021.

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

2021-22

TERM 1

 

 

ENG

206.3 (online)

Introduction to Cultural Studies

 

209.3 (61)

Transnational Literatures

 

211.3 (01)

History and Future of the Book

 

220.3 (online)

Studies in the Craft of Writing

 

224.3 (01)

Shakespeare: Comedy and History

 

225.3 (online)

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

 

254.3 (01)

Canadian Speculative Fiction

 

277.3 (61)

Literary Uses of Mythology

 

282.3 (61)

Feminist Critical Theory and Literature by Women

 

301.3 (01)

Old English Language and Culture

 

319.3 (01)

Renaissance Literature I: The Sixteenth Century

 

338.3 (01)

Contemporary North American Indigenous Literatures

 

359.3 (01)

Western Canadian Literature

 

368.3 (01)

Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Poetry

 

373.3 (01)

English Fiction to 1800

 

380.3 (online)

American Literature to 1900

 

406.3 (01)

Topics in 17th Century Literature in English: Literature of London, 1599-1649

 

410.3 (01)

Topics in 18th Century British Literature: What’s Novel about the Novel?

 

444.3 (online)

Topics in Decolonizing and Transnational Literatures: (Post)colonial Ecocriticism

 

460.3 (01)

Topics in 20th Century British and Irish Literature: Joseph Conrad and Modernism

 

497.0 (online)

The Honours Colloquium

 

 

 

TERM 2

 

 

ENG

210.3 (62)

Literary Canons and Cultural Power

 

224.3 (online)

Shakespeare: Comedy and History

 

225.3 (02)

Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance

 

242.3 (online)

Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies

 

243.3 (02)

Introduction to Indigenous Literatures

 

246.3 (02)

Short Fiction

 

284.3 (62)

Beowulf and Tales of Northern Heroes

 

288.3 (02)

Introduction to Film

 

294.3 (02)

Techniques of Canadian Poetry: From Sonnet to Spoken Word

 

305.3 (02)

Canadian Fiction from Beginnings to 1960

 

310.3 (02)

Old English Literature

 

312.3 (62)

Early Chaucer: Dream & Romance Tragedy

 

324.3 (02)

Renaissance Drama

 

358.3 (online)

Canadian Drama

 

360.3 (02)

British and Irish Literature since 1950

 

362.3 (02)

The British Novel from 1800-1850

 

366.3 (62)

Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

 

381.3 (02)

American Literature from 1900 to the Present

 

383.3 (02)

Decolonizing Theories and Literatures

 

394.3 (02)

Literary and Cultural Theory

 

402.3 (62)

Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature: Middle English Arthurian Literature

 

418.3 (02)

Topics in 19th Century Canadian Literature: Magazine Fiction in the Long Nineteenth Century in Canada

 

464.3 (02)

Topics in 20th Century American Literature: Time, Technology, and Race

 

496.3 (02)

Career Internship

English Course Offerings by Category

2021-22

Histories of English Classes:

ENG

210.3 (62)

Literary Canons and Cultural Power

 

211.3 (01)

History and Future of the Book

Category 1 – Anglo-Saxon and Medieval:

ENG

301.3 (01)

Old English Language and Culture

 

310.3 (02)

Old English Literature

 

312.3 (62)

Early Chaucer: Dream & Romance Tragedy

 

402.3 (62)

Topics in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature: Middle English Arthurian Literature

Category 2 – 16th and 17th Centuries:

ENG

224.3 (01)

Shakespeare: Comedy and History

 

224.3 (T2 online)

Shakespeare: Comedy and History

 

225.3 (T1 online)

Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance

 

225.3 (02)

Shakespeare: Tragedy and Romance

 

319.3 (01)

Renaissance Literature I: The Sixteenth Century

 

324.3 (02)

Renaissance Drama

 

406.3 (01)

Topics in 17th Century Literature in English: Literature of London, 1599-1649

Category 3 – 18th and 19th Centuries:

ENG

362.3 (02)

The British Novel from 1800-1850

 

373.3 (01)

English Fiction to 1800

 

380.3 (T1 online)

American Literature to 1900

 

410.3 (01)

Topics in 18th Century British Literature: What’s Novel about the Novel?

 

418.3 (02)

Topics in 19th Century Canadian Literature: Magazine Fiction in the Long Nineteenth Century in Canada

Category 4 – 20th and 21st Century:

ENG

206.3 (T1 online)

Introduction to Cultural Studies

 

242.3 (T1 online)

Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies

 

242.3 (T2 online)

Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies

 

243.3 (02)

Introduction to Indigenous Literatures

 

288.3 (02)

Introduction to Film

 

305.3 (02)

Canadian Fiction from Beginnings to 1960

 

338.3 (01)

Contemporary North American Indigenous Literatures

 

358.3 (T2 online)

Canadian Drama

 

359.3 (01)

Western Canadian Literature

 

360.3 (02)

British and Irish Literature since 1950

 

368.3 (01)

Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Poetry

 

381.3 (02)

American Literature from 1900 to the Present

 

460.3 (01)

Topics in 20th Century British and Irish Literature: Joseph Conrad and Modernism

 

464.3 (02)

Topics in 20th Century American Literature: Time, Technology, and Race

Category 5 – Decolonizing, Transnational, and Diasporic Literatures:

ENG

209.3 (61)

Transnational Literatures

 

383.3 (02)

Decolonizing Theories and Literatures

 

444.3 (T1 online)

Topics in Decolonizing and Transnational Literatures: (Post)colonial Ecocriticism

Non-Category:

ENG

220.3 (T1 online)

Studies in the Craft of Writing

 

226.3 (T1 online)

Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

 

230.3 (61)

Literature for Children

 

246.3 (02)

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

 

284.3 (62)

Beowulf and Tales of Northern Heroes

 

294.3 (02)

Techniques of Canadian Poetry: From Sonnet to Spoken Word

 

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:

ENG

254.3 (01)

Canadian Speculative Fiction

 

294.3 (02)

Techniques of Canadian Poetry: From Sonnet to Spoken Word

 

305.3 (02)

Canadian Fiction from Beginnings to 1960

 

338.3 (01)

Contemporary North American Indigenous Literatures

 

358.3 (T2 online)

Canadian Drama

 

359.3 (01)

Western Canadian Literature

 

418.3 (02)

Topics in 19th Century Canadian Literature: Magazine Fiction in the Long Nineteenth Century in Canada

Indigenous Literature (Indigenous Learning Requirement):

ENG

242.3 (01)

Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies

 

242.3 (T2 online)

Indigenous Storytelling of the Prairies

 

243.3 (02)

Introduction to Indigenous Literatures

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

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!