Hear from current students in the Faculty of Arts about their favourite courses and professors, memorable experiences, and learn more about your program through our on-demand content.
We offer you a chance to explore language and narrative in print and electronic media. Our vibrant program allows you to develop your critical reading, analytical and writing skills in preparation for working in a globally connected world.
You'll learn the practice of effective communication and other keys to professional success in careers as diverse as education, law, politics, and public relations.
Our innovative classrooms emphasize active learning in small group settings where you'll study literary and film texts drawn from the breadth of English-speaking cultures.
Taught by scholars who are internationally recognized researchers, teachers and award-winning writers, our courses include British, Canadian, American, Indigenous and World literatures that participate in conversations that have endured over thousands of years, and which continue to fascinate our contemporary world via the screen and page.
Our students have frequent opportunities to connect with visiting writers-in-residence and award-winning instructors, writers and poets.
Join the English Student Association and take part in regular academic and social events with students in the program.
Our students’ innovative projects include critically analyzing 18th century framings of criminality in court cases, studying depictions of queer youth in contemporary Young Adult fiction, comparing the nuances of Shakespeare’s plays as they move from page to stage and screen, and analyzing the politics of memoir in the wake of events like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and #MeToo movements.
You can 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.
Students in Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies learn from world-class scholars and researchers, including renowned filmmaker Mark Terry. Terry was recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, sciences and social sciences. While maintaining a busy filmmaking career, Terry teaches courses at Laurier such as Documentary Film.
Terry also runs a program called Activist Documentary Filmmaking for the United Nations. It offers a unique opportunity for Laurier students to produce short documentary films about climate change research, which will then be submitted for consideration to the United Nation’s Youth Climate Report project. Terry is the executive director of the Youth Climate Report.
"One of the most valuable skills I have learned from the English program is to be open to constructive criticism and constantly seek improvement. [...] Overall English has made me a disciplined, critical, and confident individual who is ready to take on the challenges of the modern workforce." – Sarah Mielke (BA '13, MA '14)
"One of the most valuable skills I have learned from the English program is to be open to constructive criticism and constantly seek improvement. [...] Overall English has made me a disciplined, critical, and confident individual who is ready to take on the challenges of the modern workforce."
– Sarah Mielke (BA '13, MA '14)
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