May 19, 2024  
University of Alberta Calendar 2022-2023 
University of Alberta Calendar 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in English [Arts]

General Information

See Bachelor of Arts (BA)  for additional regulations and requirements, including specific regulations for cross-listed courses.

Students taking English as a major are encouraged to consult the Department Undergraduate Programs Advisor on their choice of courses. This is important in entering third year.

The major in English is not designed to meet specific requirements for entrance into graduate programs in the Department of English and Film Studies; students desiring such preparation are encouraged to consult the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) and the Graduate admissions requirements for the program of their choice before enrolling in the third year of the BA program.

Requirements for the Major

  • 6 units of junior English (or 3 units of junior ENGL plus WRS 101 )
  • a minimum of 30 units to a maximum of 48 units at the 200-level or above, including:
    • 9 units at the 200-level (or 6 units for students admitted prior to 2019-20)
    • 9 units at the 300-level
    • 6 units at the 400-level


  1. The Department of English and Film Studies strongly recommends that students take a broad range of courses (consult the department website), including courses in:
    • Indigenous literatures and cultures;
    • Canadian literature and culture;
    • pre-1900 literature and culture.
  2. Certain 300- and 400-level WRITE (Creative Writing) courses have specific 200-level and/or 300-level prerequisites.
  3. Students taking English as a major and Creative Writing as a minor cannot count WRITE courses toward requirements for the major. WRITE and approved cross-listed courses apply as ENGL courses for students taking English as a major and a subject other than Creative Writing as a minor; however no more than 15 units of WRITE courses may be used to fulfill program requirements.