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 251.

For graduate inquiries

Contact our graduate administrator, Tina Davidson, or our graduate chair, Marcel O'Gorman.

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.

The Department of English acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Read More >>

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  1. May 6, 2019Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s newest PhD: Dr. Patricia OfiliPatricia with her committee

    Words in Place: Congratulations Dr. Patricia Ofili!

    Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s newest PhD, Dr. Patricia Ofili. On May 6, Patricia successfully defended “Contextual Complexities and Nelson Mandela’s Braided Rhetoric".

  2. Apr. 30, 2019English Department Members Win Arts Excellence Awards

    Two Waterloo English Department members received Arts Excellence Awards at the Celebration of Arts ceremony held in the Hagey Hall Hub on April 24, 2019. 

  3. Apr. 3, 2019Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s newest PhD: Dr. Morteza DehghaniMorteza with committee

    Words in Place: Congratulations Dr. Morteza Dehghani!

    Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s newest PhD, Dr. Morteza Dehghani. On April 3, Morteza successfully defended “In Works of Hands or of the Wits of Men”: The Elegies of Wim Wenders, Laurie Anderson and Alexander Sokurov.

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  1. May 26, 2019Quilt of Stories

    UWaterloo English's Lamees Al Ethari and Carrie Snyder and writer Tasneem Jamal facilitated the X Page Workshop, a SSHRC Connection Grant project in which immigrant and refugee women from the Waterloo region wrote stories based on their life experiences.

    Come hear their work at Quilt of Stories, a storytelling performance about home and belonging.

  2. July 8 to 11, 2019Dissertation Boot Camp

    Waterloo’s Writing and Communication Centre is currently accepting applications for Dissertation Boot CampThis online program, which is designed to help dissertation and thesis writers to get a jump start on their writing goals, runs Monday, July 8th to Thursday, July 11th from 9am to 4pm each day.

  3. July 15 to 18, 2019Speak Like a Scholar

    The Writing and Communication Centre will be hosting its fall iteration of Speak like a Scholar from Monday, July 15th to Thursday, July 18th from 9am to 3pm each day.

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