English: Literature


McGill offers a unique English program with courses covering three closely linked subjects: English literature, drama, and cultural studies. This program allows you to explore all three subjects broadly while specializing in one area. 

The English Literature option offers a broad overview of the basic texts and methods of the discipline, as well as a wide exposure to substantial areas in the field.  

The Department of English offers different literature courses year-to-year. You can find courses covering all kinds of media, styles and periods — from poetry to playwriting and medieval to contemporary literature.  


A background in English literature will strengthen your critical and analytical skills, and will give you plenty of experience in writing and research. You can continue on to graduate studies or a career in different fields like media criticism, journalism, writing, and community work. 

You could become a professional: 

  • Archivist 
  • Editor 
  • Author 
  • Literary critic 

Possible Minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Related Majors

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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