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Honours Program

Entry to Honours is by application at the end of two terms in a Departmental program, preferably with at least 18 credits of English on the student's record. Students intending to apply for Honours or already accepted should consult an Honours advisor regarding their course selections.

Be sure to take a look at our list of Frequently Asked Questions
regarding the Honours Program and the Honours Essay.

Admission to the Honours program is limited to a small number of students with excellent records. The minimum CGPA for application to the Honours program is 3.5; students meeting the 3.5 minimum in English Department courses alone (although not in CGPA) may also apply and make a case for their acceptance. In neither instance is admission guaranteed. After admission into the Honours program, the student is required to maintain a CGPA at a level set by the Faculty for graduation with Honours and a program GPA at the level set by the Department. (See requirements for graduation with Honours listed below.)

The Honours program in English requires 60 credits. Students intending to apply for Honours should plan to complete as many of the specific requirements of their option as possible within the first two years. With the written approval of an advisor, up to nine credits may be taken outside the department. All Honours students must complete at least 6 of their complementary credits at the 500 level. Ideally, 500-level seminars chosen will be relevant to the area of the student's independent study in the 6-credit Honours Essay course (ENGL 491D1/491D2), taken without exception in the final year of the program. The Honours Essay is first planned in consultation with a supervisor at the time of application to the Honours program; it is then guided and evaluated by that supervisor during the completion of ENGL 491D1/491D2. Graduation with Honours requires 60 credits of English, a minimum mark of B+ on the Honours Essay, a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and a minimum program GPA of 3.50. Graduation with First Class Honours requires a minimum mark of A on the Honours Essay, a minimum CGPA of 3.50, and a minimum program GPA of 3.70.

Please visit our Further Information page to find out more about the Honours Program and download an application form.

Option I - Literature (60 credits)

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • ENGL 202 (Fall)* (3) Departmental Survey of English Literature 1
  • ENGL 203 (Winter)* (3) Departmental Survey of English Literature 2
  • ENGL 311 (Fall)* (3) Poetics
  • ENGL 360** (3) Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 491D1/D2 (Fall&Winter) (6) Honours Essay

* must have been taken by the end of the first two semesters in the program.
** normally taken in the second year of the program

Complementary Courses (42 credits)

15 credits: 3 credits each from lists of courses in Shakespeare, Canadian Literature, American Literature, Cultural Studies, Drama/Theatre

3 credits of theory:

  • ENGL 317 (3) Theory of English Studies 1
  • or ENGL 318 (3) Theory of English Studies 2
  • or ENGL 319 (3) Theory of English Studies 3
  • or ENGL 322 (3) Theories of the Text
  • or ENGL 346 (3) Materiality and Sociology of Text
  • or ENGL 352 (3) Theories of Difference

3 credits each from lists of courses in two of the following areas: Backgrounds of English Literature, Old English, Medieval, Renaissance

3 credits each from lists of courses in two of the following areas: Restoration, 18th Century, Romantic, Victorian, 19th-Century American

3 credits from list of courses in one of the following areas: Early 20th Century, Modernist, Post-modern, Contemporary

9 additional credits from among Department offerings

*At least 6 complementary credits must be at the 500 level.
*A maximum of 9 credits may be from another department with the signed permission of the advisor.

Option II - Drama and Theatre (60 credits)

If you were already in a Drama and Theatre Honours program in Winter 2010 (old program):

 

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • ENGL 230 (Fall) * (3) Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • ENGL 269 (Winter) * (3) Introduction to Performance
  • ENGL 355 (Fall) * (3) Poetics of Performance
  • ENGL 491D1/D2 (Fall&Winter) (6) Honours Essay

*must have been taken by the end of the first two semesters of the program.

Complementary Courses (45 credits)

3 credits from a list of courses on Major Figures in Drama and/or Theatre

3 credits from a list of courses in Drama and/or Theatre with a Canadian component

6 credits from a list of courses in Drama and/or Theatre with a historical dimension

3 credits of theory:

  • ENGL 317 (3) Theory of English Studies 1
  • or ENGL 318 (3) Theory of English Studies 2
  • or ENGL 319 (3) Theory of English Studies 3
  • or ENGL 322 (3) Theories of the Text
  • or ENGL 346 (3) Materiality and Sociology of Text
  • or ENGL 352 (3) Theories of Difference

3 credits from a list of courses with a theoretical component, from the option's offerings at the 400 level or above.

9 credits from a list of performance-oriented courses.

6 credits chosen from Departmental offerings in English Literature and/or Cultural Studies.

12 credits in English selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

At least 6 complementary credits must be at the 500 level.

A maximum of 9 credits may be from another department with the signed permission of the advisor.

If you are starting a Drama and Theatre Honours program in Fall 2010 or after (new program):

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • ENGL 230 (Fall) * (3) Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • ENGL 269 (Winter) * (3) Introduction to Performance
  • ENGL 355 (Fall) * (3) Poetics of Performance
  • ENGL 491D1/D2 (Fall&Winter) (6) Honours Essay

*must have been taken by the end of the first two semesters of the program.

Complementary Courses (45 credits)

3 credits of theory:

  • ENGL 317 (3) Theory of English Studies 1
  • or ENGL 318 (3) Theory of English Studies 2
  • or ENGL 319 (3) Theory of English Studies 3
  • or ENGL 322 (3) Theories of the Text
  • or ENGL 346 (3) Materiality and Sociology of Text
  • or ENGL 352 (3) Theories of Difference

3 credits from a list of courses on Shakespeare.

3 credits from a list of courses in Drama and/or Theatre with a Canadian component.

3 credits from a list of courses in theatre history.

3 credits from a list of Drama and Theatre before 1900.

3 credits from a list of courses with a theoretical component, from the option's offerings at the 400 level or above.

9 credits from a list of performance-oriented courses.

6 credits chosen from Departmental offerings in English Literature and/or Cultural Studies.

12 credits in English selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

At least 6 complementary credits must be at the 500 level.

A maximum of 9 credits may be from another department with the signed permission of the advisor.

Option III -- Cultural Studies (60 credits)

The Cultural Studies Honors program is changing in 2011-2012. If you are new to this programme in 2011-2012, or if you have yet to take ENGL 276 Methods of Cultural Analysis, you are no longer required to take ENGL 276, but will instead be required to take 15 credits in additional courses in Cultural Studies.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • ENGL 275 (Fall) * (3) Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • ENGL 277 (Fall)* (3) Introduction to Film Studies
  • ENGL 359 (Winter) * (3) Poetics of the Image
  • ENGL 491D1/D2 (Fall&Winter) (6) Honours Essay

*must have been taken by the end of the first two semesters of the program.

Complementary Courses (45 credits)

3 credits from a list of courses on Major Figures in Cultural Studies

3 credits from a list of courses in Cultural Studies with a Canadian component

6 credits from a list of courses in Cultural Studies with a historical dimension

3 credits of theory:

  • ENGL 317 (3) Theory of English Studies 1
  • or ENGL 318 (3) Theory of English Studies 2
  • or ENGL 319 (3) Theory of English Studies 3
  • or ENGL 322 (3) Theories of the Text
  • or ENGL 346 (3) Materiality and Sociology of Text
  • or ENGL 352 (3) Theories of Difference

3 credits from a list of courses in theory, from the option's offerings at the 400 level or above

12 credits in English Literature and/or Drama and Theatre, of which 6 credits are at the 300 level or higher

15 credits in additional courses in Cultural Studies

At least 6 complementary credits must be at the 500-level.

A maximum of 9 credits may be from another department with the signed permission of the advisor.

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