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University of Calgary Calendar 2019-2020 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.21 English 4.21.2 BA Honours English
4.21.2 BA Honours English


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


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 units to a maximum of 72 units in Courses Constituting the Field of English while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Historical Survey of Literature in English: 6 units English 305, 307.

  2. Literary Theory: 9 units from English 302, 303, 426, 481, 515*, 517. Only 6 units may be chosen from the 300 level.

  3. Canadian Literature: 3 units from English 372, 471, 473, 509.

  4. Global and Indigenous Perspectives: 3 units from English 376, 378, 491, 493 and 515*.

    *English 515 may be used towards either Literary Theory or Global and Indigenous Perspectives, but not both.

  5. Historical Courses pre-1850: 9 units from English 401, 403, 405, 406, 410, 411, 412, 413, 429, 431, 438, 441, 461, 495, 499**, 519**.

    **With approval of the Associate Head, Undergraduate Student Affairs

  6. Honours Project: 6 units English 504.

  7. English Options: An additional 24 from Courses Constituting the Field of English, including at least 18 units at the 300 level or above, and no more than 6 units in Drama or Linguistics.

  8. Upper-Year Courses: Inclusive of the courses used to satisfy requirements 2-6 above, 24 units must be from courses labelled English at the 400 level or above, of which at least 12 units must be at the 500 level.


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


  • English 203 is a recommended first-year course for English Majors.
  • English 302 (Introduction to Literary Theory) is the recommended theory course for English Majors and Honours students.
  • Honours students intending to pursue graduate studies in English Literature should take at least one course in each of the following historical periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, and Nineteenth Century. For program advice and course recommendations, please consult with the departmental advisor.
  • Students should note that competency in a second language is often required for graduate studies in the field.