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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.25 English 4.25.1 BA in English
4.25.1 BA in English


Students must adhere to the applicable Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.4 Graduation.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 48 units (8.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) in the Field of English while fulfilling the following requirements:

1. Foundation Program: English 203, 205, 302 and 340.

2. Canadian Literature: 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) chosen from "Canadian Literature Courses" within the Field of English.

3. Postcolonial Studies: 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) chosen from "Postcolonial Studies" within the Field of English.

4. Historical Courses: 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) consisting of the following:

(a) 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) from: English 401, 403, 405, or 406
(b) 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) from: English 409, 410, 411, 412 or 413
(c) 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) from: English 431, 433, or 435
(d) 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) from: English 441, 443, 445, 447, 449, or 461

5. English Options: An additional 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) at the 300 level or above from the Field of English, including at least 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) labelled English.

6. Upper-Year Courses: Inclusive of the courses used to satisfy requirements 2-5 above, 21 units (3.5 full-course equivalents) must be from courses labelled English at the 400 level or above, of which at least 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) must be at the 500 level.


The BA in English can be taken with Co-operative Education. See section 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.


  • English 201 or the equivalent can be used as a substitute for English 203 in the foundation program to facilitate transfers or late entries into the BA programs in English. Please consult with the Department concerning preparation for further study.
  • Students in second year or above who do not already hold credit for English 205 may use English 311 as an alternative Shakespeare Course in the Foundation Program.
  • Up to 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) selected from the following list may be counted towards the major field: Drama 371, 471, Linguistics 321, 435. Students may consult with the department to verify whether additional pertinent courses outside of the field may be applied to the major program.
  • In exceptional circumstances, other courses may be accepted by the Department in lieu of part or all of the Foundation Program, particularly in the case of students transferring from other institutions.
  • With Department consent, students transferring from other institutions may satisfy part or all of the Historical course requirements with transfer courses focusing on the appropriate periods. Students must supply detailed course outlines for each proposed transfer course, in order for such equivalency to be considered. 
  • English Majors should note that competency in a second language is often required for advanced studies in the field.