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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.

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. 

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, 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. ENG100H may not be counted.

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, ENG380H5, ENG382H5,
ENG384H5, ENG414H5, ENG415H5

– At least 1 credit in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Indigeneity:
ENG271H5, ENG272H5, ENG273H5,
ENG274H5, ENG370H5, ENG371H5,
ENG426H5, ENG434H5.

– At least 1 credit in Literature pre-1700:
ENG220Y5, ENG300Y5, ENG301H5,
ENG303H5, ENG304H5, ENG307H5,
ENG311H5, ENG312H5, ENG313H5,
ENG320H5, ENG330H5, ENG331H5,
ENG335H5, ENG336H5, ENG460H5,
ENG461H5, ENG462H5.

– At least 1 credit in Literature 1700-1900:
ENG305H5, ENG306Y5, ENG308Y5,
ENG314H5, ENG315H5, ENG322Y5,
ENG323H5, ENG324Y5, ENG325H5,
ENG337H5, ENG345H5, ENG463H5,
ENG470H5, ENG471H5.

– At least 1 credit in Canadian Literature:
ENG215H5, ENG252Y5, ENG352H5,
ENG353Y5, ENG354Y5, ENG357H5,
ENG358H5, ENG424H5, ENG425H5.

– At least 1 credit in American Literature:
ENG250Y5, ENG360H5, ENG363Y5,
ENG364Y5, ENG365H5, ENG366H5,
ENG435H5, ENG436H5.

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 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.

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, ENG380H5, ENG382H5,
ENG384H5, ENG414H5, ENG415H5

– At least 0.5 credits in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Indigeneity:
ENG271H5, ENG272H5, ENG273H5,
ENG274H5, ENG370H5, ENG371H5,
ENG426H5, ENG434H5.

– At least 0.5 credits in Literature pre-1700:
ENG220Y5, ENG300Y5, ENG301H5,
ENG303H5, ENG304H5, ENG307H5,
ENG311H5, ENG312H5, ENG313H5,
ENG320H5, 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,
ENG470H5, ENG471H5.

– At least 0.5 credits in Canadian Literature:
ENG215H5, ENG252Y5, ENG352H5,
ENG353Y5, ENG354Y5, ENG357H5,
ENG358H5, ENG424H5, ENG425H5.

– At least 0.5 credits in American Literature:
ENG250Y5, ENG360H5, ENG363Y5,
ENG364Y5, ENG365H5, ENG366H5,
ENG435H5, ENG436H5.

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.

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.

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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.

For details about the Major and Minor programs contact Professor Nancy Copeland at 905-828-5275 or email, lawrence.swtizky@utoronto.ca.

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

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