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Department of English and Film Studies

The Department of English and Film Studies offers two skills-intensive undergraduate degree programs. The honours bachelor’s degree in English gives you the chance to explore a compelling variety of literary compositions. The honours bachelor’s degree in Film Studies gives you the chance to explore Film as an art-form and as an industry. You can also select courses from both degree programs as part of a combined honours English and Film Studies degree.

Both of our engaging degree programs allow you to develop your critical reading, as well as your analytical and writing skills, in preparation for working in a globally connected world where your abilities to communicate effectively are key to your professional success. Our innovative classroom experiences emphasize active learning and the most practical uses of technology, so that you can graduate with a superbly marketable degree.

Taught by scholars who are internationally recognized researchers and award-winning teachers and writers, our courses include British, Canadian, American, Indigenous, and World literatures, and Hollywood, European, and World films — as well as hands-on courses in creative writing and film production. All of our courses teach you how to engage critically with literary works or films drawn from the vast breadth of cultures from all around the world.

Programs at a Glance

For your bachelor’s degree, you can major in either English or Film Studies. We also offer several minors and options.

Co-op options for English and Film majors are especially designed to prepare students for the job market.

The Department of English and Film Studies also offers a master’s degree in Gender, Nation, and Media, which you can complete either by doing course work over an eight-month period or by combining course work with a Major Research Paper or our Professional Skills Option over a one-year period.

The department also has a doctoral program in which you can choose to focus your studies on either literature or film.

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Your Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Explore the following experience and career guides to learn ways you can extend your classroom experience into the world and the career opportunities available to you: