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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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
The English undergraduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 251.
For graduate inquiries
The English graduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 250.
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- Oct. 31, 2017
The Fall 2017 English Department Newsletter is now available, with details of what the department's faculty, students, and alumni have been doing over the past academic year, including events held, awards won, and books published.
- Oct. 31, 2017
Alice Kuzniar, University Research Chair and Professor of German and English, will be awarded the Hans-Walz Research Prize at a champagne reception on 1 December at the Robert Bosch Haus in Stuttgart for her work on the history of homeopathy. The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism was published by
- July 1, 2017
The conference included a number of highlights:
- Nov. 20, 2017
The Policy Group at the Department of National Defence (DND) is currently conducting its 2017-2018 recruitment campaign for the Policy Officer Recruitment Programme (PORP).
- Nov. 22, 2017
What: This day is dedicated to helping you get your résumé and cover letter ready for your job search. Attend the morning session to learn how to prepare effective documents. Stay for the optional afternoon session to edit and improve your résumé and cover letter and get immediate feedback and advice from Career Advisors.
When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 9am-12pm (workshop) AND 12:30pm-4:00pm (optional write-in session)
Where: TC 2218 (Tatham Centre)
- Nov. 23, 2017
Derek Gladwin, our Banting scholar, will be hosting an information session on postdoctoral fellowships. Derek has held four visiting fellowships, three of which were international, and two postdoctoral fellowships. The information session will be an opportunity to find out more about applying for postdoctoral fellowships and to talk casually about funding, publishing, etc.