Language & Literature Emphasis

The Combined Language and Literature Major is an excellent option for students looking for a multimodal degree combining close linguistic analysis with cultural and historical interpretation. If you are planning a career in education or media, you may find this stream especially appealing, but this stream is available to anyone with interests in the major sub-disciplines within English Studies.

You can declare the Combined Major once you have obtained second-year standing and have completed the first-year requirements: prospective English majors are encouraged to take ENGL 100. Students beginning the program take 3 credits of ENGL 200, our brand-new, seminar-based introduction to literature studies, team-taught by departmental faculty. As well, students in the combined emphases take 3 credits of ENGL 229.

In third- and fourth-year, you take a range of courses from both the language and literature. These are 15 credits from the Language area including History and Theory of Rhetoric (ENGL 310) and the Structure of Modern English (ENGL 330 and 331); 12 credits from our Literature course groups in historical and contemporary areas, plus theory, media studies, or genre. You will complete the program with a seminar in either literature (ENGL 490) or language (ENGL 489) study, working in a small course with a specialist instructor in a particular field or topic. To graduate with an English major, students must complete 30 upper-level credits from ENGL 304 and above. To see our current course-offerings, click here.

1. History of the English Language: ENGL 326*, 340, 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 352, 489*
2. Structure of the English Language: ENGL 321, 323, 324, 326*, 328, 489*
3. Approaches to Discourse: ENGL 308, 312, 322, 326*, 327, 489*
4. Rhetorical Theory: ENGL 306-311, 489*

*Note: topics in ENGL 326 and 489 vary. Depending on the topic covered in any specific year, the course may satisfy groups 1, 2, 3; please see a Majors Advisor.

A.  Medieval and Renaissance Literatures:  ENGL 343 to ENGL 350
B.  18th- and 19th-Century Literatures:  ENGL 351 to ENGL 364
C.  Modern, Contemporary, Transnational, and Indigenous Literatures:  ENGL 365 to ENGL 379
D.  Media, Theory, Genre, and Special Topic:  ENGL 332 to ENGL 339; ENGL 380 to ENGL 397

  • 6 credits of 100-level English; OR Arts One; OR 6 credits of ASTU 100; OR 3 credits of ASTU 100 or 101 and 3 credits of 100-level English; OR WRDS 150 or 350 and 3 credits of 100-level English

  • 3 credits of ENGL 200, and
  • 3 credits of ENGL 229

27 credits comprising

  • 15 credits in Language:
    • ENGL 310, 330, and 331, and
    • 6 additional credits selected from ENGL 307-331, 340
  • 12 credits in Literature:
    • 3 credits selected from ENGL 343-364 (Literature Groups A or B)
    • 3 credits selected from ENGL 365-378 (Literature Group C)
    • 6 additional credits selected from courses in Literature Groups A-D. A course in Canadian Literature is recommended.

  • 3 credits of a Majors seminar: either ENGL 489, the Language Seminar or ENGL 490, the Literature Majors Seminar

Courses outside the Department of English may not be counted towards requirements for the Combined Language and Literature Major. For full information on requirements for your Arts degree, see