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Athabasca University

English Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2019.

As a student in Athabasca University’s English program, you will read a wide range of works from diverse genres, countries, and historical periods, and 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 can assist you in making informed decisions about your career options upon graduating.

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Program Requirements

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

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 and ENGL 423.
  5. 3 senior (300/400) level English credits in Indigenous literature, for example, ENGL 308.


Select 30 credits at the senior level in ENGL courses.


To achieve a balanced major in English, students should select courses in British, Canadian, and American literature, within a range of genres and historical periods, as well as courses in topics that are global, non-canonical, or otherwise representative of marginalized or minoritized communities.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Updated December 09 2019 by laurab

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