English Language and Literature

Welcome! The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo offers unique undergraduate and graduate programs covering the study of literature, rhetoric, professional writing, and digital media. Our professors have national and international reputations in these areas, and we boast many awards for teaching. Graduates of our B.A. and M.A. programs find successful careers in industry, law, government, teaching, medicine, communication design, and entrepreneurship, often getting their start with our co-op program; they also go on to advanced studies in English. Graduates of our PhD program hold academic and non-academic positions in Canada and across the world.

Undergraduate Studies

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Whether you want to explore literature, digital media, political discourse, or technical communication, our diverse undergraduate degrees and programs allow you to pursue your interests. You have a wide variety of degree options, and with our integrated co-op option, you can combine study and work experience.

Graduate Studies

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We offer MAs in Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Communication Design, and Experimental Digital Media. Our PhD offers a unique integration of literary studies with such fields as rhetoric, new media, and discourse analysis. Our degrees will prepare you for work in and beyond the academy. 


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Our department features internationally known scholars who conduct research in a variety of fields, including literary studies, digital media, and rhetoric and professional communication. The department is also affiliated with a number of research bodies, including the Critical Media Lab, the Games InstituteFirst Person Scholar, the Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals, and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Teaching and Learning

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Teaching is central to our department, and our faculty and graduate students include many award-winning instructors. Class sizes in the department are small, and your professors are dedicated, dynamic instructors who will give you the academic tools you need to follow your intellectual passions and the individual attention you need to grow as a scholar.

Find out more

To find out more about our department, follow any of the links above or in the main menu. Our faculty and staff are also happy to talk with you via email, over the phone, or in person to answer any questions you might have.

For undergraduate inquiries

Contact our undergraduate administrator, Jenny Conroy, or our undergraduate chair, Victoria Lamont.

The English undergraduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 222.

For graduate inquiries

Contact our graduate coordinator, Agata Jagielska, or our graduate chair, Jennifer Clary-Lemon.

The English graduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 250.


 Social Media

You can also follow us on a variety of social media:

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facebook link Event notices, general department news, and English-related links from both within and outside the department.
Twitter link News and events for graduate students and faculty, English-related job advertisements, and calls for papers and articles.
Wordpress logo Words in Place (our department blog): a wide variety of articles on people and events in the department, including interviews with undergraduate and graduate students.
YouTube link Videos of department events and student projects.
University of Waterloo crest Our Department Newsletter: a periodic summary of what's been happening with faculty and students in English Language and Literature.

Webmaster: Bruce Dadey

  1. Nov. 21, 2023Congratulations Dr. Hannah Watts!

    Congratulations to our newest PhD graduate, Dr. Hannah Watts! Hannah's dissertation is titled "Cognitive Constellations: Neurodivergent Aesthetics in 20th Century Experimental Poetries". Her supervisor was Jay Dolmage and readers were Kevin McGuirk and Aimée Morrison. The external examiner was Michael Davidson and the internal/external examiner was Michael Boehringer. Her defense was chaired by Leonardo Simon.

  2. Oct. 24, 2023Congratulations to the Class of Fall 2023!

  3. Sep. 28, 2023Congratulations to Dr. Maša Torbica!

    Congratulations to our newest PhD graduate, Dr. Maša Torbica! Maša's dissertation is titled "Idle No More: A Rhetorical Analysis of a Movement"; her supervisor was Heather Smyth and readers were Frankie Condon and Linda Warley. The external examiner was Pauline Wakeham and the internal/external examiner was Kelsey Leonard. Her defense was chaired by Colleen Maxwell.

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  1. Dec. 6, 2023Exploring Sonic Methods: A Virtual Workshop

    The visual has often been considered the primary mode of digital experience and analysis. However, scholars across disciplines have called for the increased use of alternative methods for exploring social phenomena (Rodgers, 2016).

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