The Bachelor of Arts program in English is designed to enable students to explore many aspects of English studies. The Department of English, Languages, and Cultures offers courses in composition, creative writing, film, literature, and literary theory. A distinctive feature of this English department is the commitment to improving students' writing skills. Given this focus on writing and on reading different types of texts, students will find these programs useful for a variety of occupations and/or further study.
Graduates will be aware not only of the historical and generic categories of English literature, but also of the role language plays in shaping our perceptions of everyday life. Mount Royal English graduates will be broadly literate for having engaged with written, visual and other types of social text. Mount Royal English graduates will be able to articulate the cultural processes that produce literatures in a variety of different geographic settings including Canada. In order to achieve this level of understanding, graduates will have taken a variety of courses stressing different literatures, genres, media and approaches to forms of cultural production.
Graduates will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts. Graduates will be in firm possession of other core, transferable skills, such as thinking strategies, ethical reasoning, information retrieval and evaluation capabilities, computer literacy and group effectiveness, thus enabling them to succeed in further studies and career opportunities. Qualified graduates may go on to professional programs like law or develop careers in business, writing, or teaching. Graduates will have experienced different learning environments and developed metacognition (that is, a high level of self-awareness regarding learning and professionalization) around learning styles and preferences, an important outcome for the life-long learner in the education system or the workplace.
The graduate will:
- demonstrate a writing style that exhibits clarity, eloquence, and precision.
- consider the audience when selecting rhetorical strategies.
- articulate positions clearly and persuasively.
- support arguments with appropriate sources of information.
- analyze, evaluate and synthesize information from different sources.
- construct reasonable and informed readings of texts.
- be aware of genre conventions and literary traditions.
- recognize various theoretical and critical approaches to texts.
- address different positions in the course of developing an argument.
- interrogate the ways in which ethical assumptions are shaped and analyze how one's own ethical framework affects one's readings of texts.
- document sources in an ethically responsible way.
- use information technologies effectively.
- apply group process skills in diverse settings.
- assess personal effectiveness in learning.
Graduation Requirements - Major in English
All students must meet the general graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, in addition to the graduation requirements for the English Major. Students must complete 17 core courses, 12 General Education courses, and 11 elective courses. As part of the 17 core courses, students must complete a minimum of 14 ENGL-prefixed courses.
Introductory to Literature
One course in:
One course in:
North American Literature
Two courses in:
Global / Transnational Literature
One course in:
Two courses in:
- One Language/Linguistic course*
- Two ENGL courses at the 3000 level or higher**
- Two ENGL courses at the 4000 level or higher
- Two additional ENGL courses at any level***
General Education Requirements
Twelve courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts - English.
- Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
- Four courses will be taken at the second tier: one from each of the thematic clusters.
- Four courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.
11 Elective Courses
*Any Language/Linguistic course includes all courses with the prefixes CHIN, FREN, GERM, ITAL, JPNS, SPAN, LING, and ENGL 3306 , with the exception of CHIN 2217 , FREN 2250 , JPNS 2209 , SPAN 2219 , and SPAN 2220 .
**FILM 3345 can also be used to complete this requirement, as well as any course at the 3000-level or higher with the prefix CRWT and ENGL.
***FILM 2251 , FILM 3345 , or any course with the prefix CRWT and ENGL can also be used to complete this requirement, with the exception of ENGL 1101 /GNED 1401 and ENGL 0212 .