Course Sequence - Honours BA With Major in English

Besides providing an excellent base for professional development, a degree in English literature provides students with unmatched intellectual challenges. The Department provides courses in all major historical and national areas of English literature. It also offers courses in creative writing and literary theory, along with general interest courses in literature and film, children’s literature, science fiction, and literature and the environment.


The English program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in English C


  • Minor in English

C Co-operative Education Program available.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. All assignments and examinations must be presented or written in English. However, elective courses may be completed in English or in French.


Opportunities abound for English program graduates. With well-developed skills in reading, critical thinking and writing, English graduates are highly valued and extremely marketable in our knowledge-based economy. Employment opportunities can be found in teaching, writing and publishing, Web communications and in the public service.

What can I do with my studies?

( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for graduates of the English program.




1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice.
2 The 4000-level requirement can only be met by 4000 level seminars or Special Topics courses (and not by directed readings, honours essays or writing workshops)

3 credits = 1 course

    Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

  Basic Skills

6 credits

(2 courses)

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical thinking
PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 credits from :

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1102 Moral Reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts




First Module Major in English

42 credits

(12 courses)

ENG1124 Engaging with Literature

ENG2124 Second-Year Seminar


6 optional credits in English (ENG) at the 4000 Level2


3 credits from List A (Literature before 1700)
3 credits from List B (Literature 1700-1900)
3 credits from List C (Literature 1900 to the Present)
3 credits from List D (Forms, Theories and Methods)


ENG2101 Introduction to Canadian Literature I : Beginnings to 1920
ENG2102 Introduction to Canadian Literature II : 1920 to the Present 
ENG2103 Introduction to American Literature I : Beginnings to 1900
ENG2104 Introduction to American Literature II : 1900 to the Present 
ENG2105 Introduction to British Literature I : Beginnings to 1700
ENG2106 Introduction to British Literature II : 1700 to the Present 

Second Module Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second program, either a 42-unit major or a 30-unit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health
Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.

Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


30 or 42 credits

(10 or 14 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 30 elective credits (10 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 42 elective credits (14 courses).


List A (Literature before 1700)

ENG3133 Elizabethan Shakespeare
ENG3134 Jacobean Shakespeare
ENG3135 Early Modern Drama 1485-1642
ENG3323 Medieval Literature I
ENG3324 Medieval Literature II
ENG3339 Sixteenth-Century Literature
ENG3340 Seventeenth-Century Literature


List B (Literature 1700 – 1900)

ENG3108 Transatlantic Literature 1700-1900
ENG3318 Romantic Literature
ENG3341 Eighteenth Century Literature
ENG3349 Restoration and 18th-Century Drama
ENG3362 Victorian Literature
ENG3364 Victorian Fiction
ENG3377 American Fiction of the 19th Century
ENG3384 Canadian Literature: The Colonial Period (1760-1866)
ENG3385 Canadian Literature of the Confederation Period (1867-1912)


List C (Literature 1900 to the Present)

ENG3109 Transnational Literature 1900-Present
ENG3110 Canadian Drama
ENG3320 Modern British Literature
ENG3321 Canadian Short Story
ENG3370 Modern British Poetry
ENG3371 Modern Drama
ENG3372 Modern Short Story
ENG3373 Modern British Novelists
ENG3374 Emergence of the Modern Imagination
ENG3376 Contemporary Novel
ENG3378 American Fiction 1900 to the Present
ENG3379 American Poetry 1900 to the Present
ENG3381  Native Writing in Canada
ENG3383 Jewish Canadian Writers
ENG3386 Canadian Fiction 1900 to 1950
ENG3387 Canadian Fiction 1950 to the Present
ENG3388 Canadian Poetry 1900 to the Present
ENG3389 Postcolonial Literatures


List D (Forms, Theories and Methods)

ENG3105 Topics in Book History
ENG3106 Topics in Film Studies
ENG3104 Topics in Literature and Visual Culture
ENG3375 Critical Theory
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