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English (BA)

English (BA)

waterloo  waterloo | Also available in brantford

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Explore the written word as medium for creativity, persuasion, and engagement with life’s most persistent questions in the Laurier Waterloo English program.

Through innovative teaching, diverse courses and a strong emphasis on reading and writing skills, our English program helps you work at the cutting edges of literary studies and creative writing.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • The program will ground you in the core texts of English literature while introducing you to emerging and experimental texts and critical approaches.
  • English courses offer exciting ways to explore media and culture, along with history and theory.
  • Many of our courses integrate an experiential component so you can apply your learning outside the classroom.
  • Our program is home to the popular course EN190: Introduction to Academic Writing.
  • We offer classes in creative writing taught by award-winning writers of fiction and poetry.
  • Our fourth-year seminar courses in specialized topics provide a small-class experience in which you can develop your leadership and research skills with other graduating students.
  • We offer new minors in Creative Writing, Writing for Career and Community and Youth and Children: Texts and Cultures.
  • You can choose to dive straight into a Master of Arts (MA) in English after completing your Bachelor of Arts (BA): apply for our BA + Master's program.

First-Year Courses

You'll have the option to select two of the following courses:

  • Literature and Catastrophe 

  • Literature and the Environment 

  • Literature and Crime 

  • Literature and Love 

  • Reading Fiction 

  • Enriched Literary Studies: Elements and Approaches  

  • Introduction to Academic Writing 

In addition, you'll choose 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Digital Option
  • Community Engagement Option
  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Social Entrepreneurship Option
  • Communication Studies Minor
  • History Minor
  • Film Studies Minor
  • Creative Writing Minor

For non-English majors:

  • Writing for Career and Community Minor
  • Youth and Children: Texts and Cultures Minor
  • English Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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