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English Language and Literature

Honours English - Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication
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Continuation in this academic plan requires a cumulative minimum overall average of 60% and a cumulative minimum English major average of 70%. Both regular and co-operative versions of this plan are available.

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours English - Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication academic plan includes successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Appropriate Program-level requirements. See Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements.    
  2. English Plan-level requirements:


  1. Students may use only two English courses at the 100-level to fulfil English plan requirements; additional 100-level English courses may count as degree electives. Courses transferred from other institutions without a specific course designation (e.g., ENGL 1XX) may only be counted towards the English electives.
  2. Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication students are strongly advised to take a university-level course in computer science.
  3. Students preparing themselves for teaching careers or graduate studies in English may wish to include further courses in literature as part of their electives.
  4. Although the Department of English Language and Literature provides advisors to help students choose their academic plans, arrange their courses and conform with the University, Faculty, and Department regulations, students are urged to study the Undergraduate Calendar very carefully because they are themselves responsible for failure to abide by these regulations.

Arts and Business (Co-op and Regular)

Students may combine the Honours English - Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication academic plan with Arts and Business. In addition to the Honours English - Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication requirements, students must also complete the Arts and Business requirements.

Honours double majors

Honours English - Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication may be taken in combination with most Arts majors in which an Honours major is offered or with many Honours majors in other faculties. For further information, see the Double majors section of Available Arts Academic Plans.

Intensive English Specialization

In combination with the Honours English plan-level requirements listed above, students interested in pursuing the Intensive English Specialization will be required to fulfil the following requirements:

  • A minimum English major average of 75%.
  • Successful completion of four additional ENGL courses at the 300-level or above, for a total of ten academic course units (20 courses) in English.


  1. The Intensive English Specialization is only open to students majoring in an Honours English academic plan.
  2. Students must achieve a cumulative major average of at least 75% in all English courses counted towards their Honours English major.
  3. Students who have completed courses towards this specialization but are not able to sustain the required 75% major average but are still eligible for Honours standing will normally be allowed to continue in the Honours English major but without the specialization.


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