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.