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.
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.
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.
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 Institute, First Person Scholar, the Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals, and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.
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.
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For undergraduate inquiries
The English undergraduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 251.
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The English graduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 250.
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- Jan. 16, 2017
The Department of English offers approximately 25 donor-supported awards for exemplary student work in a wide array of genres, from essays to creative writing (poetry and prose) to rhetoric, professional writing, and digital design.
- May 1, 2016
English Faculty and Students are giving a wide variety of presentations at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be held from May 28 to June 3 at the University of Calgary. See our Congress 2016 Participants page for a complete listing of presenters and their presentations.
- Mar. 1, 2016
- June 22–24, 2017
- Feb. 21–24, 2017
This program is designed to help dissertation writers to get a jump start on their writing goals. Participants in this intensive, retreat program will meet at the Stratford Campus (transportation to and from the Waterloo campus will be provided each day) for a full day for four days during reading week: February 21st to 24th.
- Feb. 21, 2017
Over the past decade and a half, public debate on the issue of torture has increased dramatically, with legal, political, and cultural discourses offering many, often conflicting, perspectives on the meaning and function of torture in contemporary democracy. This dissertation investigates the influence of audience beliefs, values and attitudes in shaping both social and formal definitions of torture. Rhetoricians have often understood public knowledge of torture by assessing the positions either advocating or condemning its use.