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University of Calgary Calendar 2017-2018 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.25 English
4.25 English
Overview of Programs and Procedures in English
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English

BA in English with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in English

BA Honours in English with Co-operative Education

Concurrent BA in English/Bachelor of Education


  • A Minor is offered in English.
  • A Creative Writing Concentration is offered.

Students choosing to major in English may choose to complete either a BA in English or an Honours BA in English. Both are four-year programs. The BA in English and Honours BA in English provide students with a broad education in the history of literature in English and encourage wide exploration of indigenous and global traditions as well as theoretical contexts. Both programs are excellent preparation for careers in education, law, writing, business, and government. Students wanting to enhance their studies with non-academic experience may pursue their degree in tandem with the Co-operative Education program. The Honours BA in English is considered the best preparation for those wanting to pursue graduate studies in English.

The prerequisite for 300-level English courses is normally 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) of English at the 200 level. Completion of 6 units of English (1.0 full-course equivalent) at the senior level is the standard prerequisite for 400-level courses. The department recommends that students complete English 305 and 307, and at least 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) in literary theory at the 300 level before proceeding to the 400 level. English 302 (Introduction to Literary Theory) is the recommended theory course for English Majors and Honours students.

The Department of English offers a Concentration in Creative Writing for both English Majors and undergraduate students in other programs.

Contact Information

Department Office: Social Sciences 1152

Phone: 403.220.5470

Fax: 403.289.1123



For Program Advice

Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements.

For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the subject advisor located in their home Department (consult Department website for contact information).

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (English) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.2 Undergraduate Admission of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for “Admission to Honours” established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework. The application deadline is February 1.

Field of English

The field of English consists of all courses labelled English (ENGL).  It also includes Drama 371 and 471 and Linguistics 221 and 435.

Note: English Composition (ENCO) courses do not count towards the Major Field in English.