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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 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


  • Minors are offered in English and Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies.

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 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 Program Director 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.

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 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.

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.

Field of English

The field of English consists of all courses labelled English (ENGL). It also includes Drama 371, 471 and Linguistics 221.

Note: English Composition (ENCO) courses do not count towards the Major Field in English.

Field of Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies

The Field of Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies consists of the subject areas and courses listed below:

1. The Fine Arts
(Department of Art; Divisions of Drama and Music)
Art History 201, 203, 327, 357
Drama 345
Music 231, 233

2. History
(Department of History)
History 319, 321, 326, 327

3. Literature
(Department of English; School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures)
English 205, 311, 401, 403, 405, 406, 410, 411, 412, 413
French 453, 455
Spanish 563, 567

4. Philosophy, Politics and Religion
(Departments of Philosophy; Classics and Religion; Communication, Media, and Film)
Communication and Culture 201, 203
Philosophy 301, 303, 403
Religious Studies 385, 387, 484

5. Languages
(Departments of English; Classics and Religion)
A maximum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) towards the Minor can be taken from:
Courses labelled Greek
Courses labelled Latin
English 401, 403 (Old English)