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Program Roadmap

Although the Honours English program at Laurier Brantford has almost the same program requirements as the English and Film Studies program on the Waterloo campus, our program runs a bit differently because it is smaller and more tightly organized. Our version of the program steers you through your courses in a more intentional way, to make sure that you have an overview before you dive deeper into various subject areas.

First Year

In your first year of the program, you should take at least three or four English courses: two first year (100 level) English courses, as well as EN 245 (early British literature) and / or EN 246 (later British literature),  and maybe a second year writing or general interest course, such as EN201: Children's Literature, EN237: The Fairy Tale or EN206 Writing for Business.

EN107: Literature and Catastrophe
EN108: Literature and the Environment
EN111: Literature and Crime
EN112: Literature and Love
EN119: Reading Fiction
Gateway Courses
You should complete your gateway courses as early as possible because these courses provide the background for you to take in-depth study courses.

Take one or two gateway courses from the following suggested list. For a more comprehensive list of gateway courses, see the second-year gateway courses below. 

EN245: British Literary Tradition I
EN264: American Literary Tradition
EN263: Canada Then: Exploring Canadian Literature
EN267: Canada Now: Contemporary Canadian Literature
Other English Course Options
You can consider taking one or two English courses that do not need a gateway such as

EN201: Children's Literature
EN237: The Fairy Tale
You can also consider a creative writing or professional writing course such as:

EN272: Introduction to Creative Writing
EN304: Technical Writing.
Foundation Courses
In your first term, you must take BF299: American Literacy, which helps you read more carefully and analyze texts more precisely, discern and form better arguments, and write clearer, sharper and better organized essays.

In your second term, you must take BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World. This course helps you contextualize the discussions that you will have in your English classes and gives you the intellectual background to form stronger arguments. The material in this course enriches your understanding of literary texts written between the Renaissance and the beginning of the 20th century.

Additional Electives

Fill the rest of your schedule with courses from other programs.

In April at the end of your first year, if you wish, you can go onto LORIS and declare English as your major, or combined major. As a major you will get earlier access to English courses when you register, and access to courses -- such as creative writing -- that are initially restricted to majors.

Get involved!  Think about joining the Laurier Brantford English Students Association, and come out to program events, such as our fall and spring socials, or our author readings and workshops

Second Year

If you're an Honours English major, in your second year, take at least FIVE English courses.  

Make sure that you're taking EN 245 and EN 246 if you haven't taken them already.  

Make sure to take a course in both Canadian literature (EN 263, 267 or EN 324), AND a course in American literature (EN265, EN266, or EN 218).

If you have time, it can be a good idea to take EN 364 in your second year though often that course is taken in your third year.

Fill out your remaining English schedule with second and third year courses from British literary history (once you've taken EN 245, you can take any course in early British literature [pre 1790], and once you've taken EN 246 you can take any course in later British literature [post 1790]), any of our second and third year courses on special topics and themes, or any of our writing courses.

Gateway Courses

Take two or three remaining gateway courses from:

Pre-1790 British literature depth-study courses:EN214: Medieval Poetry of the Fantastic
EN233: Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances: Gender and Genre
EN234: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
EN344: 18th-Century Fiction: Sex, Shopping and Scandal
EN393: Elizabethan Poetry and Prose
EN394: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
EN395: 17th-Century Literature
EN246: British Literary Tradition II
Post-1790 British literature depth-study courses:EN292: Romantic Radicals
EN293: Romantic Dystopians
EN298: British and Irish Writers 1900-1920
EN299: Modernism and British Literature Between the Wars
EN396: Mid-Victorian Literature: Culture and Anarchy
EN397: Later Victorian Literature: Dissonance and Decadence
EN399: Postmodern Narratives
American literature depth-study courses:EN218: Contemporary American Literature
EN265: American Literature to 1900
EN266: American Literature of the Early 20th Century
EN335: Literature of 9/11 and Beyond
Canadian literature courses (take at least one of these courses):EN263: Canada Then: Exploring Canadian Literature
EN267: Canada Now: Contemporary Canadian Literature
EN364: Colonialism, Indigeneity and English
Political and social contexts of literature in its history depth-study courses:EN210: Literature and Social Change
EN211: Roots, Race, Resistance: Post-Colonial Literature
EN213: The Child in African Literature and Popular Culture
EN347: The Narratives of Empire
EN252: Multiculturalism and Literature
EN280: Introduction to Indigenous Literatures
EN330: Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms
If you need to save a gateway course for your third year, you can postpone taking the Canadian literature gateway courses (EN263, EN267) or EN364. 

Foundation Courses

By the end of your second year, complete the remaining Foundations courses:

BF290: Academic Literacy: As English requires your ability to process information from all areas to apply to the literary text in question, this course makes you a more versatile and ultimately a more successful literary scholar by helping you engage in the issues raised with scholarship from the social sciences.
BF199: Critiques of Modernity: This course provides essential context for the discussions that you will encounter in your English classes, especially those dealing with literary texts written since the beginning of the 20th century.

Third Year

In your third year, take at least five or six English courses. This is the year where you are relatively free to take depth-study courses in literary history, and to explore couses in topics or areas of interest to you.


If you didn't take EN 364 in your second year, be SURE to take it this year. 

If you haven't taken EN 245 and EN 246 you MUST take them this year.

Make SURE that you've taken at least one course in Canadian literature () and one course in American literature () ... and if you have, why not take another one this year?

If you have any remaining foundations courses, make sure you finish them this year.

Fourth Year

Before you enrol in your fourth-year courses, check your program requirements to ensure you have completed the necessary courses to graduate. To confirm you are on the right track, speak with your advisor before you finalize your fourth year. 

In your fourth year, enrol in at least two 400-level courses, which are smaller, seminar-style courses that are more in-depth and intensive.

Ensure you enrol for enough English courses to give you 10.0 English course credits on your transcript.

If you haven't completed EN 245, EN 246, EN 364 and one American and one Canadian literature course, take them this year.  You need these to graduate.

Typically, in your fourth year you will need three or four courses in addition to your two 400-level courses. If you have a minor option, ensure you have enrolled in enough courses to complete your minor.