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Joint Honours Program

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two areas may apply to combine Joint Honours Program components from two Arts disciplines. A list of available programs appears towards the end of the McGill Undergraduate Program Calendar's introductory section on the Arts Faculty under Heading 5.11.4 Joint Honours.

Applications to do a Joint Honours Program in English and another subject in the Faculty of Arts are to be submitted once a minimum of 9 credits, and no more than 18 credits, have been completed in English. There are normally two possible application dates for Joint Honours in English: either by January 31st (by which time first-term courses are completed and the grades are available), or at the same time as the Honours application date, typically in mid-April. (Only students who will have completed more than 18 credits in English by the end of January may apply in the Fall.)

Applications will be considered by the Department's Honours Committee on the basis of the student's GPA in English courses, at a minimum of 3.50.

Admission to Honours is by application. You can download the Joint Honours Application [.pdf] here. The application form is also available in the Department's General Office Office (Arts 155), and the specific submission requirements are described by that form and below. The application will take some time to prepare, and allowance for such preparation (at least several weeks) must be made in order to meet the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application form requires these submissions:

  1. A one-page statement providing the rationale for combining English and the other discipline in terms of a specific interest to be pursued through the combined program. If you intend to include the Honours Essay (ENGL 491) in your English program, as the Department of English strongly prefers that you do, state your current idea for the topic and explain how the other discipline will complement it.
  2. A sample of your academic writing (6-8 pages).
  3. A completed Program Course Proposal/Graduation Audit Sheet (provided with the application form) for your intended English option (Literature, Cultural Studies, or Drama and Theatre). Courses should be selected to complement your one-page statement of rationale.
  4. An outline of the program of study in the other discipline to be combined with your intended English option.

Acceptance into Joint Honours English may be conditional on particular revisions to the Program Course Proposal to be submitted with the application form. This proposal goes on file in the General Office with the other submissions. Only course choices that are appropriate, given the nature of the Joint Honours program proposed, including the Honours Essay if applicable, will be approved. In order to graduate with Joint Honours, all subsequent course substitutions in your initially approved Joint Honours English program must be endorsed by the Joint Honours advisor when they are made (i.e., at the start of each term) and entered on your Program Course Proposal/Graduation Audit Sheet with the advisor's initialled approval. Students who neglect to obtain such approvals jeopardize their graduation.

The maintenance of a 3.50 GPA in English courses is required for continuation in Joint Honours.

Each academic year there is a special advisor for Joint Honours students, and the receptionist in the General Office can provide his or her name and contact information.

Program Descriptions

300-400 level. All Joint Honours students' programs of study shall include 6 credits of study at the 400 level or above in addition to the Honours Essay. Please note: In consultation with the Joint Honours advisor, students are generally encouraged to take courses at the 300-level or above for the Joint Honours Program. In general, 200-level courses are not permitted to count toward the additional "credits chosen from among Department offerings" (see lists below) Advanced study. In addition, Joint Honours students shall undertake at least 6 further credits of study, in one of the following two forms, in order of preference:

  • * ENGL 491D1/491D2, an Honours essay (6 credits), or
  • * two 500-level courses.

(In very rare cases, a third alternative may be approved at the discretion of the Joint Honours advisor, but only when it is formally recommended for the joint subject according to the description of that Joint Honours program in the University Calendar. Thus, for example, Joint Honours with Anthropology allows the option of combining 3 credits of essay work with 3 credits in the joint subject, to create a joint essay.)

Option 1: Joint Honours in English (Literature) (36 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • ENGL 311 (Fall) (3) Poetics
  • ENGL 360 (3) Literary Criticism

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

9 credits of pre-1800 English Literature

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 of English courses at the 500 level

6 credits of advanced study as specified above

9 credits chosen from among Department offerings

Option 2: Joint Honours in English (Drama and Theatre) (36 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • ENGL 230 (Fall) (3) Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • ENGL 269 (Winter) (3) Introduction to Performance
  • ENGL 355 (Fall) (3) Poetics of Performance

Complementary Courses (27 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 in dramatic literature

3 credits in history of the theatre

6 credits of advanced study as specified above

12 credits chosen from among Department offerings

Option 3: Joint Honours in English (Cultural Studies) (36 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • ENGL 275 (Fall) (3) Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • ENGL 359 (Fall) (3) Poetics of the Image

Complementary Courses (30 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 in Cultural Studies with a historical dimension

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

6 credits of advanced study as specified above

15 credits chosen from among Department offerings

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