Undergraduate Program Description

First year courses

Provide the beginning skills for our upper year courses.  Students entering first-year can take Foundations of Literary Study (required of English majors) as well as any other first year courses offered.   

Literature courses

Are designed to introduce students to an international range of engaging texts, including novels, poetry, drama and short fiction from different historical periods. Students also learn to critically read strategies of persuasion and representation in a variety of media that could include advertising, correspondence, political speeches and film.   

English 1115: Foundations of Literary Study

An introduction to literary study, focusing on texts from the major genres (drama, poetry, prose) within their historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis will be given to the development of skills in critical analysis, research, writing, and documentation.  
NOTE:  ENGL 1115 is a required course for all English majors.

English/MDST 1116: Native & Newcomer Literatures in Canada: Contact Zones

An introduction to First Nations and settler literature in Canada, focusing on the ways in which the writing of these groups helps to define, negotiate, and critique the relationships between all Canadian treaty people.  Texts from a variety of genres, such as fiction, travel and exploration narrative, life writing, poetry, songs, drama and film, will be studied in their historical, political, and cultural contexts.   

English/MDST 1117: Introduction to Popular Culture

An introduction to the critical study of popular culture, considering definitions of “the popular” and how popular movements, genres, and subcultures emerge and develop. Popular culture theories and their applications will be covered; a variety of cultural texts will be analyzed.    

English/MDST 1118: Introduction to Film Studies

An introduction to the practices of reading, analyzing, and writing critically about film. Elements including mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound will be examined. Film form and style in a variety of genres, such as the documentary, experimental film, narrative cinema, and animation, will be covered. Attention will be paid to the role of cinema, and cinema studies, as cultural institutions.   

Writing courses

Offer the opportunity to hone writing and research skills academically or professionally in a variety of modes and forms, providing students with valuable tools for their future studies in whatever discipline they pursue. 

English 1014: Introduction to Creative Writing

An introduction to the craft of creative writing. Genres studied may include: drama, poetry, prose fiction, creative nonfiction.

English 1015: Introduction to Academic Writing

An introduction to university-level standards of composition, revision, editing, research, and documentation. A review of English grammar (word and sentence level) and rhetorical forms (paragraph level and beyond), and a study of the methods and conventions of academic argumentation and research, with an emphasis on finding and evaluating sources, formulating research questions, developing arguments, and composing various types of analyses including academic essays.   

English 1016: Introduction to Professional Writing

An introduction to professional-level standards of composition, revision, editing, research and documentation.  A review of English grammar (word and sentence level), rhetorical forms (paragraph level and beyond), and a study of writing in a variety of professional contexts with an emphasis on assessing rhetorical situations and crafting messages to inform and persuade diverse audiences in a variety of forms and formats.   

Second Year Courses

Second year courses are half-credit or 0.5FCE courses 
Courses being offered this year include:
FALL 2023:

ENGL 2013 FA Creative Writing: Poetry

ENGL/WOME 2035 FA & FAO Horror films and Feminism

ENGL 2250FA & ENGL 2250FAO: History of English Literature I 

ENGL 2510FA/FAO: Global Literatures in Canada  

ENGL/INDI 2717FA: Indigenous Literatures of Canada  

ENGL/WOME 2810WDE: Gender, Sexuality & the Body

ENGL 2817 FAO Creative Writing: Creative nonfiction

ENGL 2913FA & ENGL 2913FAO: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory 


ENGL 2817 FAO: Writing across genres: Non-fiction prose  

ENGL 2917 FAO: Children's Literature 

ENGL/MDST 2950 FDE: Science Fiction

WINTER 2024:

ENGL 2012 WAO: Creative Writing: Prose Fiction 

ENGL 2115 WDE: Shakespeare

ENGL 2251 WA & ENGL 2251 WAO: History of English Literature II

ENGL/INDI 2510 WAO: Global Literatures in English 

ENGL/WOME 2810 WDE: Gender, Sexuality & the Body in Literature 

ENGL 2817 WA: Creative Writing: Creative nonfiction  

ENGL 2916 FA: Popular Fiction


ENGL 2917 WA: Children's Literature


NOTE:  English 2250, 2251, and 2913 are required courses for all English HBA programs.

Third year courses

Tend to be more focused.  Topics include: Medieval and Tudor Drama, Chaucer, Shakespeare, 16th, 17th C and 18th C Literatures, Contesting America: Modernism, British Romanticism, Canadian Literature to the Centennial, 21st Century Indigenous Storytelling, Creative Writing, Children's Literature, Immigrant Literatures, Young Adult Literature, Global South Asia, Cultural Studies, Women's Writing and Special Topics.
Courses being offered this year include:
ENGL 3012 FA – Environmental Writing  
ENGL 3014 WAO – Special Topics in Cultural Studies and Popular Texts- Fairy Tales 
ENGL 3017 FAO – Advanced Creative Writing      
ENGL 3031 WDE – Rhetoric  ENGL 3061: Special Topics in 18th Century Literature: Eighteenth Century Women Writers 
ENGL 3115 WDE – 16th Century Literature
ENGL 3215 FA / FAO – 17th Century Literature
ENGL 3430 WA / WAO – Victorian Literature & Culture
ENGL 3710 FA / FAO – Canadian Literature to the Centennial
ENGL/INDI 3750 WA – 21st Century Indigenous Storytelling
ENGL 3911 FA  – Special Topics: American Drama
ENGL/MDST 3952 FA / FDE  – National Cinemas and Film Movement
ENGL 3954 Ecocriticism
ENGL 3970 WA / WAO Global South Asia

Fourth year courses

Provide additional specialization for Honours students.  These classes are much smaller and much more intimate. To view course syllabi for current fourth year seminars, please contact our Administrative Assistant engl@lakeheadu.ca.
Courses being offered this year include:

ENGL 4010 FA – Honours Seminar: The Movie Musical  

ENGL 4010 FB – Honours Seminar: Children's Literature and Social Mobility

ENGL 4010 WDE – Honours Seminar:  Terror and Technology

ENGL 4012 FA – Honours Seminar in Indigenous Literatures: Indigenous Futurisms

ENGL 4013 FDE – Honours Seminar in Medieval and Early Modern Literature – English and Scottish Popular Ballads and their Afterlife

ENGL 4015 WAO – Honours Seminar in Global and Minority Literatures: African-American Women Writers

ENGL 4016 – Honours Seminar in Gender and Sexuality: Femininity and Power in Popular Culture 

ENGL/WOME 4113 WA / WAO – Women and Legal Narratives

ENGL 4914 WA – Honours Seminar in Critical Theory: Globalization