English offers a wide range of courses and structures its academic programs historically, geographically, and theoretically. Whether an individual course provides knowledge of an author, a genre, or an entire period, its aim is to deepen a student's awareness and appreciation of the distinguished tradition of literature in English.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus

  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English, are required

  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

  • English (specialist, major and minor options)
  • Asian Literatures and Cultures (offered jointly with the National University of Singapore) (minor)


First-Year Courses

  • ENG 100H1 - Effective Writing
  • ENG 110Y1 - Narrative
  • ENG 140Y1 - Literature for our Time
  • ENG 150Y1 – The Literary Tradition


Advice for First Year

The Department of English offers several first-year literature courses as different ways of introducing you to the study of English. ENG 100H1 does not meet the needs of students primarily seeking to develop English language proficiency and cannot be used in the fulfillment of any English program. Only one first-year course counts toward any program in English; however, a first-year course is not required. Second year English courses may be taken concurrently with ENG 110Y1/140Y1/150Y1.



Those qualities of mind which the study of English encourages—the ability to imagine, to analyze, to judge, to synthesize various impressions, to express complicated ideas coherently, and, in particular, the ability to write well—are of vital importance to every society.

International organizations, governments of all kinds, multi-national corporations, small businesses, and the professions in general, depend upon these skills.

English is widely valued as pre-professional training.


Direct career options include:

Author Motivational speaker
Administrative assistant Receptionist
Editor School counselor
Librarian Speech writer
Journalist Teacher
Historian Technical writer


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year