Major in English

The Major program in English literature is a popular choice among students wanting to combine their interests in literary studies with another subject area. Sometimes those subject areas are in close dialogue with each other, enabling students to gain deeper insight into the multidisciplinary facets of English literature. In other cases, students select the Major so as to combine quite different passions during their undergraduate studies. Either way, bringing focused exploration of English literature into dialogue with another field of interest gives students valuable perspective and flexibility as they prepare for graduate school or other professional paths.

Here is a route map for navigating the Major program (you can expand the map by right-clicking or option-clicking and choosing "View Image"):

 
 

Requirements for the Major Program   

7.5 credits in English are required of which at least 2.0 must be at the C- or D-level. They should be selected as follows:

  1.  ENGA01H3 What Is Literature?
  2.  ENGA02H3 Critical Writing about Literature 
  3.  ENGB27H3 Charting Literary History I 
  4.  ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II 
  5.  1.0 credit from English courses whose content is pre-1900 
  6.  0.5 credit in English at the D-level.
  7.  4.0 additional credits in English 

 

For students who began their English program before 2018, the following requirements still apply. Please see our main Curriculum Changes page for further details about the 2018 curriculum updates.

 

Pre-2018 Major Requirements

7.5 credits in English are required of which at least 2.0 must be at the C- or D-level. They should be selected as follows:

  1.  ENGB03H3 Critical Thinking About Narrative (retired; if you haven't completed this course you must now take ENGA01H3)
  2.  ENGB04H3 Critical Thinking About Poetry (now called "How to Read a Poem")
  3.  ENGB05H3 Critical Writing about Literature (now ENGA02H3)
  4.  ENGB27H3 Charting Literary History I 
  5.  ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II 
  6.  1.0 credit from English courses whose content is pre-1900 
  7.  0.5 credit in English at the D-level.
  8.  3.5 additional credits in English

 

For more details on program requirements, visit the UTSC Calendar. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the Program Supervisor, Professor Karina Vernon (english-program-supervisor@utsc.utoronto.ca). 

Interested in learning more about how our courses are structured and how you might develop your own path through your English Major? Visit our Routes and Threads page.