Trinity Western University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Department of English

Dr. Holly Faith Nelson, Chair

The Department of English offers:

  1. An Honours program in English, leading to a B.A. (Honours) degree;
  2. A major in English, leading to a B.A. degree;
  3. A concentration;
  4. A minor.

The programs are designed to develop the desire and ability to write well, conduct research, and evaluate critically all forms of writing, while introducing students to important bodies of literature from a broad spectrum of time periods and cultures, including authors and texts from Canada, the United States, and Britain, as well as world literatures written in English.

Opportunities for graduates are wide and varied and include careers in teaching, writing, research, publication, speech pathology, broadcasting, public relations, advertising, politics, administration, law (with further studies), and international and humanitarian relief.

The goal in first-year English is to nurture in students a desire and ability to read and write well, conduct research, and appreciate the gift of literature.

Second-year English courses cover such diverse subjects as major authors, backgrounds of English literature, national literatures, creative writing, and the study of genre. At this level, students are encouraged to reflect upon and engage with various approaches to literature with a view to preparing them for further study at the upper levels.

Upper-level courses numbered 300 and 400 are on the same academic level and qualify as both third- and fourth-year courses. Most of these courses are offered on an alternate year basis and form the specializations that students follow in their studies in English.

Program Checklists and Requirements:

Honours Program in English, B.A. (Honours) Degree

Major in English, B.A. Degree

Concentration and Minor in English

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