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English (BA)

 brantford | Also available in waterloo

Think more clearly, communicate more effectively, and better understand the images and ideas that shape our culture.

As a student at Laurier’s Brantford campus, you can earn the Laurier degree in English while enjoying a smaller campus in the historic downtown. Laurier's English program offers you a comprehensive overview of the history, forms and concerns of literature written in the English-speaking world. Studying English helps your analytical abilities and sharpens your communication skills, while training you in textual criticism.

In your classes you’ll read some of the richest and most interesting works ever written. By thinking about the ideas and communication patterns in these works, you’ll gain a better appreciation for how ideas circulate in our own culture – ideas about how people should live, how people and the environment coexist, how people of different races, genders and classes relate to each other, and more.

A degree in English gives you the flexibility to seize opportunities in several different career environments: it is the perfect degree for thriving in changing times. And only at Laurier’s Brantford campus can you enhance your job skills by pairing your English degree with a minor in professional writing.

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Contact Us:

Ken Paradis, Coordinator, English


Faculty and Staff

Info for Current Students


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.
  • Connect with world-renowned writers who visit Laurier as part of our two writer-in-residence programs. Recent writers have included Lawrence Hill, Joseph Boyden and Drew Hayden Taylor.
  • You can combine your English major with another honours program, such as Criminology or Social and Environmental Justice.

Sample Courses

  • Children’s Literature
  • Indigenous Writers in English
  • Canadian Fiction
  • Mystery and Crime Fiction
  • Literature, Nature, Ecocriticism
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Pulp and Popular Fiction
  • Shakespeare’s Tragedies and History Plays
  • Postcolonial Literature


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:

  • Leadership Option
  • Media Studies Option
  • History Minor
  • Criminology Minor 
  • Professional Writing Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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