Programs and Courses

As an English student at UTSC, you will be part of a close-knit community: all students acquire a common experience through a series of foundational courses that focus primarily on enhancing your skills. Another distinctive feature of UTSC English is the integration of writing into our curriculum: an intermediate-level course in critical writing offers excellent preparation for the more advanced writing in upper-level courses.

In upper-level courses, you will work closely with faculty in areas of their own research. These courses range broadly throughout time (from the first anonymous ballad-singers to the hip-hop music of today) and across space (leading out from Canada to Great Britain, the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, and other geographical areas as well). Our course offerings also include a series of Creative Writing courses and a strong slate of courses in Film Studies. We offer minor programs in both these areas.

Through courses in literature, film, and writing, English at UTSC involves making connections across genres, time periods, and areas of the world: you will be encouraged to make these connections within individual English courses and through related courses in other fields. The knowledge you acquire will enhance your individual growth and provide an excellent background for professions in research, teaching, business, the arts, the law, or any career that you choose.

Specialist in English

Does reading through the English course offerings in the calendar leave you feeling as though you want to take as many classes as possible? The Specialist program is ideal for students who want to focus their undergraduate work primarily in English literature. 

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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.

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Minor in English Literature

Are you passionate about literature but don’t feel you want to commit to a Major or Specialist program in the area? The Minor in English Literature offers students a flexible opportunity to build literary studies into their broader university program.

Creative Writing Class

Minor in Creative Writing

Does your love of literature go beyond scholarship? Are you looking to branch out from your chosen field and learn how to write creatively? Are you an aspiring author who wants to add a practical, hands-on component to your university education?

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Minor in Literature and Film Studies

The Minor in Literature and Film Studies allows students to study cinema both as a specific art form with its own history and "language" and as a medium that emerges in the broader context of literary and other cultural production.