Course Levels & Rules

The 1000 Level

Fundamentals of the Discipline

EN 1001/1002: Paired, mandatory gateway courses that introduce students to literature in various genres and styles from a range of historical periods and to the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills necessary for success in literary study at the university level. EN 1000-level courses provide students entering the program with instruction in the fundamentals of the discipline.

1000-level EN Rule:

In order to pursue a major or minor in English, you must take both EN 1001 and EN 1002, and you must achieve a minimum of D (50%) in 1001 3.0 and a minimum of C (60%) in 1002 3.0 in order to continue. You may not take any 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level courses until you have successfully completed both 1000-level courses. Also, you may not enrol in EN 1002 until you have successfully completed EN 1001, that is, until you have passed the course with a grade of D or higher.

The 2000 Level

Introductions

Second-year courses introduce students to significant texts, constitutive discourses, and fundamental questions of various methods and fields. Every course in the major/minor at this level is trans-historical in design, in that each aims to provide students with an understanding of how various national and area literatures, genres, or theories have developed over history.

Courses for the major/minor fall into three categories:

  • Category A: Approaches, Theories, & Methods
  • Category B: Genres & Modes
  • Category C: Literatures

Streams

These categories and sub-categories represent various streams:

  • Canadian Literature,
  • British Literature,
  • American Literature,
  • Postcolonial Literature,
  • Literary Theory,
  • Genre Studies

When choosing your courses, keep in mind the stream that you wish to pursue.

2000-level EN Rules

Specialized Honours, Honours B.A. in English, Honours Major/Minor, or Honours Double Major
If you are pursuing a Specialized Honours or an Honours B.A. in English, or if you are pursuing an Honours Major/Minor or Honours Double Major with English as one of your majors, you must take at least 6 credits in each of Categories A, B, and C. See the chart on page 25. Specialized Honours students may take an additional 6 credits at the 2000- or 3000-level.

Regular B.A., Honours Double Major (Interdisciplinary), or Minor in English
If you are pursuing a Regular B.A. in English, an Honours Double Major (Interdisciplinary) with English as one of your majors, or if you are doing an Honours degree in another discipline and a Minor in English, you must take 6 credits in Category C. In addition, you must take an additional 6 credits from one or both of Category A and Category B. In other words, you may take:

  • 6 credits from either Category A or Category B
    or
  • 3 credits from each Category.
Category A
Approaches, Theories, & Methods
Category B
Genres & Modes
Category C
Literatures
2000-2099 2100-2199 2200-2299
2000 6.0 Literary Theory
2001 3.0 Literary Theory I
2002 3.0 Literary Theory II
2010 6.0 Gender Studies
2011 3.0 Gender Studies I
2012 3.0 Gender Studies II
2020 3.0 Engl. Lang. & Ling.
2100 6.0 Poetry
2100 3.0 Poetry
2120 6.0 Prose Narrative
2120 3.0 Prose Narrative
2140 6.0 Drama
2140 3.0 Drama
2150 6.0 Satire
2150 3.0 Satire
2220 6.0 Canadian Lit.
2230 6.0 American Lit.
2240 6.0 Postcolonial Lit.
2250 6.0 British Lit.
Specialized Honours, Honours Double Major and Honours will take 6 credits from A and 6 credits fromB. (Can be 2 x 3.0 in each) 6 credits minimum required from this column.
Honours Double Major (Interdisciplinary), Minors, and Regular BA must take either 6 credits from A or 6 credits from B or 3 credits from each of A and B.

The 3000 Level

Focus

Third-year courses build on introductory knowledge with a focus in more specific approaches, critical issues, and literary periods. 3000-level EN courses are designed to provide greater focus on those areas of English studies to which you were introduced at the 2000 level; select 3000-level courses based on the 2000-level courses you took. Group them or spread them out over the Categories; it is up to you. However, think also about preparing yourself for 4000-level courses, which offer greater specialization. All courses at this level are applicable to the major/minor.

They fall into four categories:

  • Category A: Approaches & Methods: Theory & Culture
  • Category B: Trans-Historical/National Styles & Movements
  • Category C: Literatures in and Across History: Canadian, American, Global, British
  • Category D: Popular Genres
Category A
Approaches & Methods, Theory & Culture
Category B
Trans-Historical/National Styles & Movements
Category C
Literatures in and Across History
3000 - 3099 3100 - 3199 Canadian
3200 - 3299
American
3300 - 3399
Global
3400 - 3499
British
3500 - 3599
By the end of 3rd year, Specialized Honours, Honours Double Major, Honour Major/Minor, and Honours students must have taken at least 18 credits in A, B, and C.

Course selection at this level should be made in light of the 2000-level courses you have taken, and the need to prepare for Specialization at the 4000 level.

Category D
Popular Genres
3170 - 3179
3170 3.0 Horror & Terror: Variations on Gothic
3171 3.0 Coming of Age in Fiction
3172 3.0 Apocalyptic Science Fiction
3173 3.0 Children's Literature
3174 3.0 20th Century Children's Literature
3175 3.0 Travel Writing in English
3176 3.0 Comics and Cartoon I
3177 3.0 Comics and Cartoon II
3178 3.0 The English Detective Novel
3179 3.0 The Art of the Personal Essay
As of FW 2011, students may count up to a maximum of 6 credits from Category D - Popular Genres (EN 3170 - EN
3179) towards their major requirements.

3000-level EN Rules

Specialized Honours B.A. in English
If you are pursuing a Specialized Honours B.A. in English, you must take at least 12 credits at the 3000-level. You may take an additional 6 credits at the 2000- or 3000-level.

Honours B.A. or Regular B.A. in English
If you are pursuing an Honours or Regular B.A. in English, you must take at least 12 credits at the 3000-level.

Honours B.A. with a Minor in English
If you are pursuing an Honours B.A. in another discipline and a Minor in English, you must take at least 6 credits at the 3000-level.

The 4000 Level

Inquiry & Specialization

Fourth-year courses are Honours-only seminars, exploring research and inquiry topics. 4000-level EN courses offer greater specialization in the fields you studied at the 2000- and 3000-levels. Choose your courses based on your interests and the courses you took at those levels. The same organizational categories in the upper level remain:

  • Category A: Approaches & Methods: Theory & Culture
  • Category B: Trans-Historical/National Styles & Movements
  • Category C: Literatures in and Across History: Canadian, American, Global, British
Category A
Inter- and Multi-disciplinary
Category B
Trans-National &/or Historical Genre/s
Category C
Literatures in and Across History
4000-4099 4100-4199 Canadian
4200-4299
American
4300-4399
Global
4400-4499
British
4500-4599
Restricted to EN Honours students who have completed at least 84 credits.
Courses should be selected in light of previous courses taken and your interests.

4000-level EN Rules

Specialized Honours B.A. in English
If you are pursuing a Specialized Honours B.A. in English, you must take at least 12 credits at the 4000-level. You may take an additional 6 credits at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Honours B.A. in English
If you are pursuing an Honours B.A. in English, you must take at least 12 credits at the 4000-level.

Minor in English
If you are pursuing a Minor in English, you must take at least 6 credits at the 4000-level.