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Athabasca University

English Major

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2017.

As a student in Athabasca University’s English program, you will read a wide range of works from diverse genres, countries, and historical periods, analyze forms, styles, and ideas in terms of a variety of literary theories, from feminist to postcolonial. You will exercise and develop skills in critical thinking, interpretation, and writing.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Requirements

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. 45 credits in courses designated as major courses including a minimum of 36 senior (300 or 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
  2. 3 junior (200) level English credits in composition, for example ENGL 255.
  3. 6 junior (200) level English credits in literary genres, for example ENGL 211 and ENGL 212.
  4. 3 senior (300/400) level English credits in literary theory, for example ENGL 316.
  5. 6 senior (300/400) level English credits in topics that are global, non canonical, or otherwise representative of marginalized or minoritized communities (For example, ENGL 341 World Literature, and ENGL 433 Post-Colonial Literatures.)


Select 27 credits at the senior level in ENGL courses.


To achieve a balanced major in English, we strongly recommend that students select courses in British, Canadian, and American literature, within a range of genres and historical periods.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated September 19 2017 by laurab

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