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Studying English at UTM
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 an approach to literature; 300-level courses offer more detailed investigations of theories of literature and of texts written in particular historical moments or places, 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, Megan Janssen, RM 5250, North Building as well as from members of the English faculty.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS
Enrolment in any 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.

General Note:
100-level courses are designed to increase students' skills in close reading, interpretation, and effective writing; emphasize the development of analytical and essay-writing skills; and build acquaintance with major literary forms and conventions that students need in more advanced courses. They are open to all students who have standing in no more than one full course in English.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section prior to selecting courses

For courses in this area see: DRE Drama | ENG English

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Specialist Program ERSPE1645 English (Arts)

Limited Enrolment --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 enrol 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.

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 credit at the 100 level may be counted towards program requirements, and no more than 1.0 credit may be counted towards program requirements from the following courses: ENG234H5, ENG235H5, ENG236H5, ENG237H5, ENG238H5, ENG239H5, ENG276H5, ENG277H5, ENG279H5, ENG289H5, ENG291H5, ENG373H5, ENG374H5. ENG100H5 may not be counted towards program requirements.

The specialist also requires the following courses:
ENG280H5 (0.5 credits) Critical Approaches to Literature
ENG202H5 and ENG203H5, British Literature survey parts I and II (0.5 credits each)
6 credits distributed among the following areas, as follows:
At least 1 credit in Literary Theory/Methods: ENG101H5, ENG201Y5, ENG205H5, ENG206H5, ENG259H5, ENG269H5, ENG275H5, ENG372H5, ENG380H5, ENG382H5, ENG384H5, ENG396H5, ENG414H5, ENG415H5, ENG416H5.
At least 1 credit in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Indigeneity: ENG271H5, ENG272H5, ENG273H5, ENG274H5, ENG326H5, ENG343H5, ENG370H5, ENG371H5, ENG426H5, ENG434H5.
At least 1.5 credits in Literature pre-1700: ENG220Y5, ENG222H5, ENG300Y5, ENG301H5, ENG303H5, ENG304H5, ENG307H5, ENG311H5, ENG312H5, ENG313H5, ENG320H5, ENG321H5, ENG326H5, ENG327H5, ENG330H5, ENG331H5, ENG335H5, ENG336H5, ENG460H5, ENG461H5, ENG462H5.
At least 1.5 credits in Literature 1700-1900: ENG305H5, ENG306Y5, ENG308Y5, ENG314H5, ENG315H5, ENG322Y5, ENG323H5, ENG324Y5, ENG325H5, ENG337H5, ENG345H5, ENG463H5, ENG383H5, ENG385H5, ENG386H5, ENG387H5, ENG395H5, ENG470H5, ENG471H5.
At least 0.5 credits in Canadian Literature: ENG215H5, ENG252Y5, ENG255H5, ENG352H5, ENG353Y5, ENG354Y5, ENG357H5, ENG358H5, ENG392H5, ENG393H5, ENG424H5, ENG425H5. At least 0.5 credits in American Literature: ENG250Y5, ENG251H5, ENG360H5, ENG363Y5, ENG364Y5, ENG365H5, ENG366H5, ENG394H5, ENG395H5, ENG435H5, ENG436H5.

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Major Program ERMAJ1645 English (Arts)

At least 7.0 ENG credits, including at least 2.0 credits at the 300 or 400 level.
Only 1.0 ENG course at the 100 level may be counted towards program requirements, and no more than 1.0 credit may be counted towards program requirements from the following courses: ENG234H5, ENG235H5, ENG236H5, ENG237H5, ENG238H5, ENG239H5, ENG276H5, ENG277H5, ENG279H5, ENG289H5, ENG291H5, ENG373H5, ENG374H5. ENG100H5 may not be counted towards program requirements.

The major also requires the following courses:
ENG280H5 (0.5 credits) Critical Approaches to Literature
ENG202H5 and ENG203H5, British Literature survey parts I and II (0.5 credits each) 3 credits distributed among the following areas, as follows:
At least 0.5 credits in Literary Theory/Methods: ENG101H5, ENG201Y5, ENG205H5, ENG206H5, ENG259H5, ENG269H5, ENG275H5, ENG372H5, ENG380H5, ENG382H5, ENG384H5, ENG396H5, ENG414H5, ENG415H5, ENG416H5.
At least 0.5 credits in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Indigeneity: ENG271H5, ENG272H5, ENG273H5, ENG274H5, ENG326H5, ENG343H5, ENG370H5, ENG371H5, ENG426H5, ENG434H5. At least 0.5 credits in Literature pre-1700: ENG220Y5, ENG222H5, ENG300Y5, ENG301H5, ENG303H5, ENG304H5, ENG307H5, ENG311H5, ENG312H5, ENG313H5, ENG320H5, ENG321H5, ENG326H5, ENG327H5, ENG330H5, ENG331H5, ENG335H5, ENG336H5, ENG460H5, ENG461H5, ENG462H5.
At least 0.5 credits in Literature 1700-1900: ENG305H5, ENG306Y5, ENG308Y5, ENG314H5, ENG315H5, ENG322Y5, ENG323H5, ENG324Y5, ENG325H5, ENG337H5, ENG345H5, ENG463H5, ENG383H5, ENG385H5, ENG386H5, ENG387H5, ENG395H5, ENG470H5, ENG471H5.
At least 0.5 credits in Canadian Literature: ENG215H5, ENG252Y5, ENG255H5, ENG352H5, ENG353Y5, ENG354Y5, ENG357H5, ENG358H5, ENG392H5, ENG393H5, ENG424H5, ENG425H5.
At least 0.5 credits in American Literature: ENG250Y5, ENG251H5, ENG360H5, ENG363Y5, ENG364Y5, ENG365H5, ENG366H5, ENG394H5, ENG395H5, ENG435H5, ENG436H5.

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Minor Program ERMIN1497 Creative Writing

The Department of English and Drama’s Minor in Creative Writing is designed to allow students to focus on either the literary or dramatic arts, or to integrate their work in both these areas of creative expression. In lectures and tutorials in two courses at the 200 level, they will learn about the artistic traditions that frame their own writing; and experiment with producing and sharing written work in a variety of genres, using a range of formal techniques. These introductory courses serve as a foundation for 300-level workshops, in which students develop a more specialised focus, e.g. playwriting, prose fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, editing, or writing for interactive new media. Finally, all students in the Minor can apply for admittance to the department's selective, 400-level capstone Creative Writing Workshop, in which over the course of a year they will be encourage to develop their portfolio of creative work towards publication.

When students graduate with a Minor in Creative Writing they will have learned to use language creatively to develop observations, insights, and complex ideas. They will be able to write imaginatively, compellingly, clearly, and effectively, and to produce creative work in a range of literary and dramatic modes, genres, and forms. Courses in the Minor emphasize the way that how writers learn their craft from other writers, and the ways in which new modes of written expression emerge in the context of artistic tradition and historical circumstances. The Minor will also introduce students to the processes involved in editing and publishing creative work in print and other media.

In order to complete the proposed Minor in Creative Writing successfully, students will need a total of 4.0 credits, from the following courses:

0.5 credits in ENG289H5 Creative Writing

0.5 credits in ENG291H5 Reading for Creative Writing

1.0 credit in either ENG489Y5 Creative Writing Workshop; or in two of the following courses: ENG373H5 Creative Writing: Poetry; ENG374H5 Creative Writing: Prose; ENG375H5 Editing Literary Texts; ENG376H5 Creative Writing: Nonfiction; ENG377H5 Special Topic in Creative Writing; ENG378H5 Special Topic in Writing for Performance; DRE362H5 Playwriting

1.0 credit in either ENG201Y5 Reading Poetry; or 0.5 credits from the following courses: ENG101H5 How to Read Critically; ENG280H5 Critical Approaches to Literature; DRE360H5 Developmental Dramaturgy; and 0.5 credits from the following courses: ENG/DRE121H5 Traditions of Theatre and Drama; ENG202H5 British Literature in the World I; ENG203H5 British Literature in the World II.

1.0 credit in other ENG or DRE courses. We strongly encourage students to take courses whose descriptions indicate that instructors set/allow assessed creative assignments. These are specially indicated on the departmental website each year.

No more than 1.5 credits can be double counted towards two programs of study in English, Drama, or Creative Writing.

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Minor Program ERMIN1645 English (Arts)

At least 4.0 ENG credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 300 or 400 level. Only 1.0 ENG course at the 100 level may be counted towards program requirements. ENG100H5 may not be counted towards program requirements.

*NOTE: Students without pre- and co-requisites or written permission of the instructor can be de-registered from courses at any time. Pre- and co-requisites will be strictly enforced.

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