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 Department of English offers an Embedded Certificate in Creative Writing, which can be taken in conjunction with most undergraduate degree programs at the University of Calgary including the BA and BA Honours English. For more information see Embedded Certificate in Creative Writing.
The Faculty of Arts offers a Minor Field of specialization in Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies. Students intending to pursue this Minor are encouraged to consult with the Undergraduate Program Advisors for advice on selecting courses appropriate to the Minor and to their interest and background.
This Minor is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary knowledge of the history, culture and thought of two key periods in the development of the Western European world. At the same time, it allows for specialization in areas of interest such as medieval art and literature, medieval and early modern France, the growth of European empires, or medieval and early modern performance cultures.
The Minor is intended to complement Major programs in related fields, such as History, English and Religious Studies. The Minor is desirable for students contemplating graduate-level work in related fields.