English Language and Literature
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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 and Learning
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or our graduate chair, John Savarese.
The English graduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 250.
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- Apr. 27, 2023Congratulations Dr. sarah currie!
- Apr. 18, 2023Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Brey!
Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s newest PhD, Dr. Betsy Brey! On April 14, Betsy successfully defended her dissertation, “Digital Dialogism: Space, Time, and Queerness in Video Games.” She was co-supervised by Drs. Neil Randall and Gerald Voorhees, with committee members Drs. Ken Hirschkop and Heather Smyth. The External Examiner was Dr. Cody Mejeur and the Internal/External Examiner was Dr. Luke Potwarka.
- Feb. 24, 2023Congratulations to Dr. Zachary Pearl!
Congratulations to Dr. Zachary Pearl, who on February 21, 2023 successfully defended his dissertation, "Fictocritical Cyberfeminism: A Paralogical Model for Post-Internet Communication" Dr. Pearl's supervisor was Dr. Marcel O'Gorman, the internal members were Dr. Heather Love and Dr. Brianna Wiens, the internal-external member was Dr. Carla Fehr and the external examiner was Dr. Aristea Fotopoulou of the University of Brighton.