Which 200-level English course should I take?
ENGL 203 and either 251 or 253 (we recommend 253 for majors) is required for English majors and Honours students as the first courses in the Foundation Program, so if you are considering majoring in English take two of those. If you are pretty certain you don't want to major in English (and we have had some success in turning students to the dark side), consider taking ENGL 251 or 253.
Who is the English Honours program for? What does it involve, and how do I get into it?
If you wish to pursue more intensive studies in English, the Honours Program is for you. We recommend the Honours Program if you plan to pursue studies at the graduate level. The program requires you to complete more courses in English than regular majors, including further studies in literary theory and pre-1850 historical literature courses. It also requires a 40-page Honours thesis, either creative or critical, under supervision of a faculty member in the department. If you have a GPA of at least 3.3, and wish to pursue an Honours degree, contact the Associate Head (Undergraduate) for further information.
Which courses count towards the Embedded Certificate in Creative Writing
All creative writing courses, excluding ENGL 265, count towards the six half-course equivalents necessary for completion of the Embedded Certificate in Creative Writing. A creative Honours thesis will complete two of these half-course equivalents.
What is the Foundation Program?
It is a sequence of courses designed to give students an excellent foundation for senior English classes:
- ENGL 251 or 253
- ENGL 305/307
- either ENGL 302 or 303 and another theory course
While we encourage students to complete 300 level courses in their 2nd year, they may choose not to. These courses are required, which means they must be completed over the course of their degree, but are not pre-requisites for 400 level courses.
A course I want to take is full. How do I get onto the waitlist?
The Registrar's Office has instructions. Essentially, you click on the box marked ‘select’ to the right of the course, and after choosing a tutorial section (if applicable), you click on another box marked “Wait list if class is full.”
What grading rubric is used in the Department of English?
The Department of English uses the following standardized percentage conversion scale for grading:
90 + % A+ 4.0 67 – 69 % C+ 2.3
85 – 89 % A 4.0 64 – 66 % C 2.0
80 – 84 % A– 3.7 60 – 63 % C– 1.7
77 – 79 % B+ 3.3 55 – 59 % D+ 1.3
74 – 76 % B 3.0 50 – 54 % D 1.0
70 – 73 % B– 2.7 0 – 49 % F 0
When can I take a 300-level course in English?
You can take a 300 level course in English once you have completed any six half courses at the university level. Generally, what this means is that you can start taking 300 level courses in the spring term of your first year.
Do 300-level courses have prerequisites?
Most of them do not. Our foundation courses ENGL (302, 305 and 307) have first-year pre-requisites, and creative writing courses ENGL (436 and 594) are based on admission by portfolio and consent of the instructor.