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Studying English at UTM
Together with the visual arts and music, literature has for millennia provided humanity with the means to depict, reflect on, and understand our existence, from the most personal details of daily life to grand philosophical or religious efforts to comprehend the world as a whole. The literary arts are essential to what it means to be human; their study necessarily plays a central role in the modern university. Our programs specifically focus on how literature in English has developed through the centuries, all over the world, and in a rich variety of different forms and modes, from oral recitations to digital media.

Our degree programs and courses introduce students to the full range of literary genres and traditions in English, from eleventh-century elegies written in Old English to contemporary postcolonial novels. Courses may focus on the development of particular forms (e.g., the lyrical poem), a particular period (e.g., the Victorian age), or a particular author (Shakespeare, for instance, or Jane Austen). Students receive in-depth training in critical reading and writing skills. Perceptive and attentive reading and clear and persuasive writing are key to the craft of literary criticism, and our programs are designed to make students better critics; but these skills are equally crucial in all areas of research, business, and professional activity, and are therefore of lasting value both within and beyond the university.

Courses are arranged in four levels. Courses at the 100-level are introductory; 200-level courses provide broad surveys of a genre, a national literary tradition, or a subject; 300-level courses offer more detailed investigations of texts written at particulr moments, in particular places in literary history, or by particular authors; and 400-level courses are small-group, discussion-based seminars on a specific subject. Guidance is available from the Undergraduate Advisor as well as from members of the English faculty.

Unclaimed Essays/Tests: Students should note that essays and term work will be retained only until a year after the end of the course; they are then disposed of by the Department.

English Programs
Enrolment in an English Program of Study requires completion of 4.0 previous courses or their equivalent. Students are responsible for completing all the requirements of the English Program in which they are enrolled. Students with any questions about their program requirements or the status of transfer credits should seek counseling from the Undergraduate Advisor BEFORE selecting courses.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section of the academic calendar prior to selecting courses.

Note: ENG110Y5 and ENG140Y5 are equivalent to one another in that either one can be used in fulfillment of a Specialist, Major, or Minor Program, as can the combination of ENG121H and ENG122H. ENG100H5, a course in general writing skills relevant to a wide range of university subject areas, may not be used to meet the requirements of any English program.

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Specialist Program ERSPE1645 English (Arts)
At least 10.0 ENG credits, including at least 3.0 credits at the 300+ level and 1.0 credit at the 400 level. Only 1.0 ENG course at the 100 level may be counted toward program requirements. ENG100H may not be counted.

Specialist are strongly encouraged to enrol in either ENG201Y5 or ENG202Y5 in their first year in the program.

Courses must fulfill the following requirements:
1. ENG201Y5 or ENG202Y5
2. At least 1.0 credit from Group 1 (Theory, Language, Methods)
3. At least 1.0 credit from Group 2 (Canadian and Indigenous North American Literatures)
4. At least 1.0 credit from Group 3 (American and Transnational Literatures)
5. At least 3.0 credits from Group 4 (British Literature to the 19th Century)
6. At least 1.5 credits from Group 5 (Literature since the 18th Century)

Limited Enrollment - Students enrolling in the Specialist Program at the end of first year (4.0 credits) must obtain a CGPA of at least 2.0 and a mark of at least 70% in 1.0 ENG credit. Students applying to enroll after second year (8.0 credits), must obtain a CGPA of at least 2.30 and a mark of at least 70% in each of 2.0 ENG credits.

Major Program ERMAJ1645 English (Arts)
At least 7.0 ENG credits, including at least 2.0 credits at the 300+ level. Only 1.0 ENG course at the 100 level may be counted toward program requirements. ENG100H may not be counted.

Majors are strongly encouraged to enrol in either ENG201Y5 or ENG202Y5 in their first year in the program.

Courses must fulfill the following requirements:
1. ENG201Y5 or ENG202Y5
2. At least 0.5 credit from Group 1 (Theory, Language, Methods)
3. At least 1.0 credit from Group 2 (Canadian and Indigenous North American Literatures)
4. At least 1.0 credit from Group 3 (American and Transnational Literatures)
5. At least 2.0 credits from Group 4 (British Literature to the 19th Century)
6. At least 1.0 credit from Group 5 (Literature since the 18th Century)

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Program Groups
Group 1: Theory, Language, Methods
ENG201Y5, 205H5, 206H5, 266H5, 269H5, 275H5, 280H5, 380H5, 381H5, 382Y5, 384H5, 414H5, 415H5, 416H5

Group 2: Canadian and Indigenous North American Literatures
ENG215H5, 252Y5, 271H5, 274H5, 352H5, 353Y5, 354Y5, 357H5, 358H5, 424H5, 425H5, 426H5

Group 3: American and Transnational Literatures
ENG250Y5, 270Y5, 272H5, 273H5, 360H5, 363Y5, 364Y5, 365H5, 366H5, 370H5, 371H5, 434H5, 435H5, 436H5

Group 4: British Literature to the 19th Century
ENG202Y5, 220Y5, 300Y5, 301H5, 302Y5, 303H5, 304Y5, 305H5, 306Y5, 307H5, 308Y5, 311H5, 312H5, 313H5, 314H5, 320H5, 321H5, 322Y5, 323H5, 330H5, 331H5, 335H5, 336H5, 337H5, 460H5, 461H5, 462H5, 463H5

Group 5: Literature since the 18th Century
ENG203Y5, 210Y5, 213H5, 214H5, 234H5, 235H5, 236H5, 237H5, 238H5, 239H5, 259H5, 276H5, 279H5, 315H5, 316H5, 324Y5, 325H5, 328Y5, 329H5, 333H5, 340H5, 341H5, 342H5, 345H5, 347H5, 348Y5, 349H5, 350H5, 470H5, 471H5, 472H5, 473H5

Minor Program ERMIN1645 English (Arts)
At least 4.0 ENG credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 300+ level. Only 1.0 ENG course at the 100 level may be counted toward program requirements. ENG100H may not be counted.

Note: The St. George Department of English offers additional courses in each group. For information consult the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar at Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window www.artsci.utoronto.ca. Please also consult the U of T Mississauga Calendar for regulations about taking courses on the St. George campus. Exclusions listed for English courses in the Arts and Science Calendar apply also to U of T Mississauga English courses. If you have questions, contact the Undergraduate Advisor for the Department of English and Drama.

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Permission to take Courses on the St. George Campus
UTM students are expected to take courses at UTM. Enrollment for UTM students in St. George courses opens when enrolment restrictions are lifted later in the enrolment period providing there is still space available in the course, and providing the course is not restricted.

Your eligibility to take Faculty of Arts & Science courses on the St. George campus is determined by the number of credits you have earned at UTM, your program(s) of study and the availability of similar courses at UTM. Students are not eligible to take St. George courses until they have successfully completed 5.0 UTM full credits. Students may be withdrawn from courses at any time if their registration violates these rules.
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Related Programs
Each of these programs includes English courses along with a range of other courses that allow students to explore a particular field of study.

Canadian Studies: For information about the Major and Minor programs contact Professor Colin Hill at 905-569-4894 or colin.hill@utoronto.ca.

Diaspora and Transnational Studies: Consult the UTM calendar for details about the Major and Minor programs.

Theatre, Drama and Performance: For details about the Major and Minor programs contact Professor Nancy Copeland at 905-828-5275 or email, nancy.copeland@utoronto.ca.

Women and Gender Studies: Consult the UTM calendar for details about the Major and Minor programs.

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Graduate Studies in English
Students who wish to pursue their education beyond an undergraduate degree are urged to check the requirements of the School or Faculty which they plan to attend. It is recommended that students planning to do graduate study in English enroll in the Specialist Program in English. The undergraduate requirements for the Specialist Program in English have been established to provide a broad historic and generic understanding of literature. Meeting the requirements of the Specialist Program at the University of Toronto should be sufficient for most universities.

Although no specific course is a requirement for graduate school, it should be stressed that graduate programs, including those at the University of Toronto, normally seek students who have a good knowledge of the major literary forms and periods of English literature. Taking courses such as ENG300Y Chaucer; ENG302Y Poetry and Prose, 1500-1600; ENG304Y Poetry and Prose, 1600-1660; ENG306Y Poetry and Prose, 1660-1800; ENG308Y Romantic Poetry and Prose; ENG347Y Victorian Poetry and Prose is a good way of establishing knowledge of the earlier periods.

Another possibility is to plan your course-work so that a fiction course, such as ENG324Y Fiction 1832-1900, is balanced with a poetry course, such as ENG348Y Poetry 1900-1960, or drama courses, such as ENG340H/341H. Some knowledge of contemporary criticism and theory would be useful.

During the fall term, a meeting is usually scheduled to provide information and advice to students planning to go on to graduate schools. Students seeking detailed information about graduate English Programs offered at the University of Toronto should contact the Department of English Graduate Office at 416-978-5027.

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