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English

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Examine the English literature of the world from a variety of critical standpoints. Research the interactions of literary, political, economic and intellectual culture. Gain a broader understanding of writing. Write poetry, fiction and drama. Edit literary works and journals. Explore timely and important issues through literature. Learn to communicate effectively. Analyze theatrical productions at Greystone and Saskatoon professional theatres.


Program Options

Bachelor of Arts - English

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • Double Honours

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What is English?

We speak it, read it and write it every day. Yet many do not understand how truly empowering an education in English can be. Through examining English literature from various critical standpoints, our students not only imagine other worlds and forms of human experience, but also learn how to become better readers, editors and writers. The ability to communicate and express oneself effectively is something highly sought after by today’s employers. Schools, businesses, industries, and governments are increasingly recruiting graduates with superior communication skills, and the Department of English plays an important role in preparing students to succeed in a variety of professional careers. Since most jobs have a significant communications component, English courses also complement specializations or further studies in subjects such as law, medicine, engineering, education, business, journalism, publishing, and library studies.

English: Is it for you?

  • One of the largest departments on campus, the Department of English is both complex and multi-faceted.
  • The department is known for its award-winning teaching and its strong research and publishing record.
  • Its Indigenous literature courses allow students to explore Canada's first literary traditions, while its new media courses provide students with an introduction to twenty-first century digital literatures.
  • Senior students can investigate one of the vast options of an English grad by participating in the Career Internship Seminar (English 496.3).  Current placements allow students to work with organizations such as Sage Hill Writing Experience, PAVED Arts, and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network, among others!

Sample Classes

  • ENG 226: Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
    Examines literary genres that explore alternative worlds, experiment with the bounds of the real, and challenge the norms of reading. The course moves from precursors in legend, folktale, and romance, to Victorian fantasy, science fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, and late 20th-Century feminist revisionary narratives.
  • ENG 307: Digital Literature and New Media
    An introduction to digital narrative, poetry, and media theory. This course investigates the ways in which text, language, and writing have been used in creative and experimental digital media, including artworks and installations, e-literature and e-poetry, video games, websites, and so on. Students will read a variety of digital works alongside critical readings in new media theory and practice.
  • ENG 338: Contemporary North American Aboriginal Literatures
    A survey of Aboriginal literature from 1968 to the present, examining the explosion of Aboriginal writing in the United States and in Canada during that period. Drawing on a range of genres, we will investigate the causes of this literary "renaissance" and the literary forms that have emerged from it.

Career Opportunities

  • Website Designer
  • Librarian
  • Print Journalist
  • TV or Radio Broadcaster
  • Editor or Publisher
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • English Teacher
  • Literacy Program Administrator
  • Communications Consultant
  • Advertising Executive
  • Public Servant

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Communication skills, written and oral
  • Critical,  analytical, and imaginative thinking
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Research and interpretative skills
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Personal management and motivational skills

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