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Department of English

Why study English?

At UCalgary Arts Department of English, we go beyond textbook learning.

Our courses will build your skills in speech and writing. We value curiosity and healthy skepticism and teach you to think critically. You'll learn to read and write thoughtfully and effectively, key skills for life and work.

Dive into new worlds and exciting ways of thinking!

Our classes challenge you with lively discussions and stimulating readings. Join us and start something extraordinary.

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Calgary Distinguished Writers Program

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program launches the careers of Canadian writers, bridging the university and the wider Calgary community. The program offers free events, manuscript evaluations, and community connection.

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News and announcements

In Memoriam: Helen Buss, Faculty of Arts

Feminist academic sought to expose the bare truths of systems of oppression; campus flag lowered Feb. 29, 2024

Appointments - Office of the Dean

The Faculty of Arts announces interim Associate Dean, Research roles

Happy Holidays from the Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate student designs the faculty’s 2023 holiday card

UCalgary’s 2023-2024 Canadian Writer-in-Residence set to make a big impact

Francine Cunningham will run Indigenous writing circles, manuscript consultations and youth programming

Calgary’s Gideon Keys: Petrifying prose or ghoulish guide?

UCalgary expert breaks down one of Calgary’s creepiest urban legends

In the media

In the News Kit Dobson, English, in Globe and Mail

Opinion: The answer to book bans? Read banned books

In the News Suzette Mayr, English, in YouTube

What REALLY haunts us?

In the News Vivek Shraya, English, in CBC News

6 books that inspired musician, artist and writer Vivek Shraya

In the News Rebecca Sullivan, English, in CTV News

TELUS Spark Science Centre embraces Barbie fever with new exhibit

In the News Rebecca Sullivan, English, in Global News

Barbie’s journey from the doll box to the box office


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