The study of English literature is an exploration of the ways in which we express or create worlds through language. By examining works of literature published in English, we not only imagine other worlds and forms of human experience, but also learn how to become better readers, writers, editors, researchers, and critical thinkers.

During studies for a degree in English, you will investigate literature from a variety of critical standpoints, historical periods, and geographical areas; research the interactions of literary, political, and intellectual cultures; and explore timely and important issues through literature. You may also write poetry, fiction, and plays; edit literary works and journals; and analyze theatrical productions. And you will gain a broader understanding of literary culture and learn to communicate effectively.

The department offers Three-year, Four-year, and Honours degrees in English literature, as well as minors in English and in Canadian Literature. An English major at any level will introduce you to the major genres, time periods, and geographical areas of literature in English, with more comprehensive study in the four-year and Honours programs. All major and minor programs will help you to improve reading, analytical, research, and communication skills; the more concentrated the study, the more those skills will be refined.

The Three-year degree in English provides an introduction to the fundamentals of English literature and communications. It is a flexible, general degree that may be a stepping stone to other degree programs including further studies in education, law, and journalism.

The Four-year degree in English includes additional study of foundational areas of literary culture such as the literary canon, literary-critical approaches, the history of the book, and the history of the English language. This degree is appropriate if you have a lively interest in English literature but want to pursue a wider variety of electives and don’t require the intensive training in research or experience of seminars that are part of the Honours program. Students with a four-year degree often work in or do further studies in professions such as journalism, editing, communications, literary education, report- or speech-writing, and digital media.

The Honours degree in English allows you to benefit from a more structured, comprehensive program in English literature that teaches you the skills to undertake independent, original research. The Honours seminars allow for intensive study and research into selected areas of literary culture, while the seminars and the capstone Honours Colloquium provide opportunities to practice presentation skills and work as part of a community of inquiry. The Honours degree may be of especial interest if you have a keen interest in literary culture, want to work in professions such as journalism, editing, communications, digital media, and publishing, or want to go on to advanced studies through graduate work in English, library studies, or publishing. You may also choose to enroll in a Double Honours program, which allows you to combine advanced studies of English literature with studies in another discipline.

The Minor in English is suitable if you are majoring in another subject but have an interest in English literature and communications. It will help you to gain the research, writing, and critical thinking skills offered in English classes, and will provide you with official credit for your additional concentration in these areas.

The Minor in Canadian Literature in English introduces you to Canadian fiction, poetry, drama, life-writing, and oral narratives, and allows for more extensive investigation of particular areas of interest such as Indigenous literatures in Canada, Western Canadian literature, and Canadian speculative fiction. The minor is for non-majors who have a keen interest in the Canadian literary imagination, who intend to pursue a teaching career, or who want to complement other areas of Canadian studies.

For details about the department, our undergraduate and graduate programs, and our student organizations, see the Department of English website, call 306-966-5559, or e-mail english@usask.ca.

General Notes

1.  Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic counselling each year. Honours students in particular should see the Department's Undergraduate Chair or Administrative Support in the Administrative Commons.

2. Only 6 credit units of introductory 100-level English may be taken for credit, either ENG 110.6 or two of ENG 111.3, 112.3, 113.3, or 114.3, or the equivalent in transfer credit.

3. Students are encouraged to take 200-level courses early in their programs. Of these 200-level courses, only ENG 202.6, ENG 203.6, ENG 204.6, and ENG 290.6 may be used to help satisfy the Foundation requirement in the B.A. Four-year, B.A. Honours, and B.A. Double Honours programs.

4. 400-level seminars are open to students who have been admitted to an Honours or Double Honours program. Other students may be admitted as space permits after consultation with the Department's Undergraduate Chair or Undergraduate Administrative Support.

Major Average

The major average in English programs includes the grades earned in:

  • All ENG courses

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in English, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • 6 credit units 100-level ENG
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement A6.

See Residency for additional details.

Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year) - English

Bachelor of Arts Three-year (B.A. Three-year) - English

Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) - English

Bachelor of Arts Double Honours - English - Major 1

Double Honours - English - Major 2

English - Minor

Canadian Literature in English - Minor

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