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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.25 English 4.25.2 BA Honours English
4.25.2 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 (10.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 72 units (12.0 full-course equivalents) in the Field of English while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Historical Survey of Literature in English: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) English 305, 307.

  2. Literary Theory: 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) from English 302, 303, 426, 481, 515*, 517. Only 6 units may be chosen from the 300 level.

  3. Canadian Literature: 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) from English 372, 471, 473, 509.

  4. Global and Indigenous Perspectives: 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) 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 (1.5 full-course equivalents) 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 (1.0 full-course equivalent) English 504.

  7. English Options: An additional 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) from the Field of English, including at least 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) at the 300 level or above, and no more than 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) in Drama or Linguistics.

  8. Upper-Year Courses: Inclusive of the courses used to satisfy requirements 2-6 above, 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) must be from courses labelled English at the 400 level or above, of which at least 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) 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 and 205 are the recommended first-year courses for English Majors.
  • English 302 (Introduction to Literary Theory) is the recommended theory course for English Majors and Honours students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Honours students should note that competency in a second language is often required for advanced studies in the field.