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October 21, 2014
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English at Laurier 

Laurier’s English and Film Studies Department offers a variety of courses ranging from the study of traditional literary offerings such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, romanticism and modernism to less conventional topics such women and print culture, Canadian women’s writing, creative writing, fiction by minority writers, and literature and social change

Choose from either an Honours BA in English or combine this with another honours BA program. English can be taken as a minor by students who choose another major. 

You can also study English at Laurier Brantford.

Program highlights 

  • The English program offers a comprehensive program of study. Students study literature (mostly British, but also Canadian and American) primarily by period, from Anglo-Saxon (Old English) times to the present day. 
  • Small classes allow for an intensive learning experience and one-on-one relationship with professors. 
  • Choose from among a flexible and wide-ranging array of options including traditional areas like literature and language as well as newer areas like film studies and drama.
  • The co-op option allows honours students to integrate their academic studies with summer job experience.

Courses offered

First year

  • Reading Fiction
  • Reading Poetry
  • Reading Drama

Popular courses

  • Children's Literature
  • Shakespeare & Film
  • Tolkien & Fantasy
  • Medieval Drama

Admission requirements 

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 
English at 60%  HL or SL English at 4 

Mid 70s

IB Minimum Score: 28  


A degree in English will help you think critically, communicate effectively, and analyze information efficiently. These skills are valued by employers. Graduates of Laurier’s English program can be found teaching in classrooms across the country. They work as technical writers in high-tech firms. They are in external affairs, advertising, publishing, journalism and business.

Student experience

000_Viega_headshot.jpgFor Patricia Veiga, English literature provides an inside view of our modern world. “Through an analysis of literature,” she reflects, "I have learned how to think critically about the production of culture within our media-driven society, and how individuals use culture as a model for knowledge and constructing identity."

Currently working as a tutor for youth and ESL students at the university library, Veiga wants to use the skills she’s acquiring in English at Laurier to share this inside perspective with others. When she graduates, she plans to continue her studies within the Faculty of Education and teach at the primary/junior level.

Faculty experience

000_Pirbhai_headshot.jpgDr. Mariam Pirbhai says her South Asian background and immigrant experience led her to a career as a professor of English literature. In literature, she could see the world reflected back at her in all its variety and complexity. 

“Once I formally began to study literature in the classroom I also started seeing a lot of cultural and historical gaps in terms of representation and identity,” she says. “Where, for example, would the experience of transnational writers such as Salman Rushdie or Rohinton Mistry fit into courses on British or Canadian literature?” 

Her growing interest in “the way knowledge travels with people and their historical baggage” led her to research the literatures of the South Asian and Caribbean diasporas. After slavery was abolished, plantation economies across the world depended on indentured labourers recruited mainly from the Indian subcontinent to perform the work previously done by slaves. 

“I look at the writing by the descendents of those labourers,” Pirbhai says. “In the stories of these early world travellers, we are able to see the wonderful ‘upsidedownness of the world as it unfolds,’ to borrow from the title of a story by Trinidadian writer Shani Mootoo.”