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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 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. Minors, Majors and Honours students in English must complete the Foundation Program, consisting of English 203, 205, 302 and 340.

The prerequisite for 300-level English courses is normally 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) of English and/or Comparative Literature at the 200 level. Completion of the senior courses of the Foundation Program (English 302 and 340) is the standard prerequisite for 400-level courses. A student who has not completed English 302 and 340 may be admitted to a 400- or 500-level course only if the Department judges the student's level of literary or other preparation sufficient for the demands of the course.

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


  • Students wanting to leave open the option of proceeding to graduate study in English should be aware that the Honours degree is felt by the Department to constitute the best preparation for such study.
  • Students with credit in English 240 may complete the Foundation Program under the regulations in the 2008-09 Calendar.
  • Students who declared an English Major prior to 2009-2010 should consult the Department on appropriate course selection.
  • The following 300-level courses have no prerequisites: English 311, 317, 351, 353, 355, 371, 372, 382, 383, 384, 385, 387, 388, 389, 391, 393, 395, 396, 399.
  • Not every course at the 300 level and above will necessarily be offered every year. Current course offerings, including the specific topics to be taught in 500-level topics courses, are listed in the Schedule of Classes, and more detailed information is available from the Department website.
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

Courses in the Field of English are grouped as follows:

Foundation Courses:

Canadian Literature Courses:

Post-Colonial Studies Courses:

Historical Courses:

Other Courses in the Field of English:


  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) can be counted in the Field of English when the topic is appropriate. Please consult with the Department.
  • English Composition ENCO courses do not count towards the Major Field in English.