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Undergraduate

Literary History

Travel back in time, exploring the evolution of English literature from the Middle Ages to modern fiction
specialization

How has the written word evolved since the days of The Canterbury Tales and King Arthur? For English Literature majors considering grad studies or a career in English lit, this captivating specialization provides a great opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of historical literary knowledge — essential expertise for any future scholar, teacher or author.

If you’re an English Literature major considering graduate studies or a career in English literature, this captivating specialization will give you a thorough understanding of English writing and storytelling throughout the ages.  By the end of your degree, you’ll be equipped with a broad spectrum of historical literary knowledge — essential expertise for any future scholar, teacher or author.

Courses:

The carefully-selected courses in this specialization emphasize the evolution of English literature from the medieval period to the mid-20th century. Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single- or joint-major Honours program in English Literature may graduate with a Specialization in Literary History if they have also successfully completed the following 4.5 credits with a minimum grade of 65% in each:

  • Medieval literature: 1.0 ENGL credit from ENGL 2100Y, 2121H, 3121H, 3123H, 3125H, or 4120Y/4121H
  • Renaissance literature: 1.0 ENGL credit from ENGL 2123H, 2150Y/2151H, 2152Y/2153H, 3153H, 3155H, 4150Y/4151H, or 4152Y/4153H
  • Seventeenth and eighteenth century literature: 1.0 ENGL credit from ENGL 3200Y/3201H, 3203H, 3205H, 3207H, 3209H, 3250Y/3251H, or 4250Y/4251H
  • Nineteenth century literature: 1.0 ENGL credit from ENGL 3300Y/3301H, 3400Y/3401H, 3403H, 3808Y, 4400Y/4401H, or 4503H
  • Modern literature: 0.5 ENGL credit from ENGL 2802Y/2803H, 2804Y/2805H, 2806Y/2807H, 3412Y/3413H, 4450Y/4451H, 4802Y/4803H, 4804Y/4805H, or 4806Y/4807H

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)

Locations:

  • Peterborough

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  • Gain a thorough background in English literary history, giving you important context for grad studies
  • Explore a range of hands-on learning experiences including dramatic performance, music, creative writing, peer-assessed active learning or an independent reading project.
  • Participate in seminar and workshop classes that provide opportunities for discussion, critical thinking, and interaction with leading scholars.
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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