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English Literature

Our unique collegial learning environment means you’ll make your mark in this program, getting to know your professors one-on-one – great for personal references that make the difference on grad school applications or making an impression in interviews.

Whether you swoon over Shakespeare’s sonnets or are bewitched by Harry Potter novels, English Literature makes a lasting impact on how we write and share stories of the human experience. Trent’s uniquely flexible English Literature program is designed to prepare you for any career that demands creativity, critical inquiry, and strong communication skills. Explore literature, culture and the history of ideas in courses ranging from medieval romance to contemporary graphic fiction.

Accelerated Master's Degree

Earn your Master's degree in English (Public Texts) within one year of graduation from your B.A.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Durham GTA
  • Peterborough

Resume Boosters:

  • Take your love of books global and travel to a significant literary heritage site through the Barbara Rooke Travel Prize.
  • Engage with guest authors and explore a range of hands-on learning experiences including dramatic performance, music, creative writing, peer-assessed active learning or blogging.
  • Participate in seminar and workshop classes that provide opportunities for discussion, critical thinking, and interaction with leading scholars.
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“I started off as an English major but after first year I decided to pursue a joint major with business administration. While they may seem like opposites, it’s actually a really good mix; the creative side and the practical side. I think it’s the best way to get the most out of your degree.”

Brittany Hayward

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Broadcaster
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Archivist
  • Arts Critic
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Lawyer

Popular Courses:

  • Children’s Literature
  • Literature & Globalization
  • Popular Fiction
  • Producing Punk
  • Theatre & Journalism
  • Writing the Body
  • Horror, Terror and the Gothic
  • Graphic Fiction
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