Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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What you will learn in this program

English scholars ask questions such as: Did William Shakespeare write all the plays that bear his name? How are monsters depicted in The Hobbit? Why did many female authors use pen names during the Victorian era?

English is a broad and integrated field where reading and writing intersect, and issues in critical thinking come into play. This program will introduce you to literature from specific historical periods, international literature, specific genres, and literature focusing on current and relevant social themes. During the course of your studies, you'll gain research and analytical capabilities, creative thinking skills, and the ability to persuasively communicate both verbally and in writing.

Career opportunities

​As a graduate of the English program you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in English can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education. Graduate degrees that can also be completed in English include: Master of Arts (MA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Courses you'll take:

Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Practices, Literature in English from the Middle Ages to the Present, Shakespeare, Women's Literary Tradition, ​Literary Analysis

Admission requirements and information

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Important dates and deadlines

Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Program enhancements

Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Join our community in fall 2019

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4