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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

English (BA)

 waterloo | Also available in brantford

We offer students a chance to explore language, narrative in print and electronic media. Our engaging and vibrant program allows you to develop your critical reading, analytical and writing skills, in preparation for working in a globally connected world. You will learn the meaning of effective communication and this will be key to your professional success.

Our innovative classroom experiences emphasize active learning where students engage critically with literary and film texts drawn from the breadth of English-speaking cultures.

Taught by scholars who are internationally recognized researchers and award-winning teachers and writers, our courses include British, Canadian, American, Indigenous, and World literatures and films which explore the multifaceted dimensions of our contemporary world.

Our students can connect with visiting writers-in-residence and award-winning instructors, writers and poets.

You can also apply for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in English to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies (BA) in English, and one to graduate studies (MA) in English.

Join the English Student Association and take part in academic and social events with students in the program.

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Program Highlights

  • View the English experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • The program will ground you in English literature while introducing you to emerging and experimental texts and critical approaches.
  • English courses offer exciting ways to explore media and culture, along with history and theory.
  • Many of our courses integrate an experiential component so you can apply your learning outside the classroom.
  • Our program is home to the popular course EN190: Introduction to Academic Writing.
  • We offer classes in creative writing taught by award-winning writers of fiction and poetry.
  • Our fourth-year courses in specialized topics provide a small-class experience in which you can develop your leadership and research skills with other graduating students.
  • We offer new minors in Writing for Career and Community and Youth and Children: Texts and Cultures.
  • You can choose to dive straight into a Master of Arts (MA) in English after completing your Bachelor of Arts (BA): apply for our BA + Master's program.

Sample Courses

  • Tolkien and Fantasy
  • Mystery and Crime Fiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms
  • Creative Writing
  • Pulp and Popular Fiction
  • Indigenous Writers in English
  • Shakespeare’s Tragedies and History Plays


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Digital Option
  • Community Engagement Option
  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Social Entrepreneurship Option
  • Communication Studies minor
  • History minor
  • Film Studies minor
  • Creative Writing minor (pending Senate approval)

For non-English majors:

  • Writing for Career and Community Minor
  • Youth and Children: Texts and Cultures Minor
  • English Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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