University of Calgary

Undergraduate Studies in English

The language in which we live--and its uses, from poetry to politics to the hidden metaphors of everyday life--is crucial to all learning. In this sense, undergraduate English offers a strong centre from which to explore the world within and beyond the University. Students have opportunities for personal growth, creativity, and intellectual challenge, through broad and intensive reading, through writing, and through discussion with both professors and fellow students.

English is for students who cannot be satisfied by textbook learning: it demands, develops and rewards intellectual curiosity, articulate speech and writing, self-discipline, flexibility, creativity, thoughtfulness, and a healthy skepticism.

The Department of English offers courses at all levels for both the major and the non-major student. Since the number of spaces available is limited -- in senior as well as junior courses -- students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Please note the following:

  1. Many 300 level English courses do not have 200 level pre-requisites. Contact the department if you wish to take a 300 level course but do not have the necessary pre-requisites. Others may require a full-course equivalent of English or Comparative Literature.

  2. The following 300-level courses have no 200-level prerequisite: English 311, 371, 383, 384, 385, 387, 388, 389, 391, 393, 395, 399. Although there are no pre-requisites, these courses are taught and examined at a 300 level.

  3. Students who began their program before Fall 2009 may not receive credit for more than one full-course equivalent of 200-level English. The only exception occurs when a student took English 240 after another 200-level English course or courses; in this case the student may receive credit for up to two full-course equivalents in 200-level English.