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 adminstrator, Jenny Conroy, or our undergraduate chair, Jay Dolmage.

The English undergraduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 251.

For graduate inquiries

Contact our graduate administrator, Tina Davidson, or our graduate chair, Aimée Morrison.

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


 Social Media

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

facebook link Event notices, general department news, and English-related links from both within and outside the department.
Twitter logo 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.
  1. Jan. 16, 2017Department of English Language and Literature Awards CeremonyAwards banner.

    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.

  2. May 1, 2016English faculty and students present at Congress 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.

  3. Mar. 1, 2016Position: Lecturer, Writing Studies and Rhetoric

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  1. Jan. 26, 2017Salon Series talk three: "Thinging"Salon Series talk three:

    The Critical Media Lab invites you to the third installment of our Salon Series happening next week. The talk is entitled “Thinging” and will features presentations from Ian Pilon and Dr. Nicholas Balaisis.


  2. Jan. 27, 2017Tri-University Graduate Symposium 2017: Isolation and Alienation

    You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Tri-University Graduate Symposium, hosted by the Graduate Students of English and Film Studies Association (GSEFSA) in the Paul Martin Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

    “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” Attributed to Robin Williams (1951-2014)

  3. Jan. 27, 2017Not One: Intersectional Identities in a Networked World, a lecture by Susan BrownSusan Brown profile picture.

    Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph, wher

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