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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- June 12, 2019
Dr. Randy Harris received the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision at the 2019 Arts Convocation.
- June 12, 2019
Congratulations to all our new Waterloo English graduates! Here is the Waterloo English class of 2019:
- May 6, 2019
Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s newest PhD, Dr. Patricia Ofili. On May 6, Patricia successfully defended “Contextual Complexities and Nelson Mandela’s Braided Rhetoric".
- Oct. 15 to 18, 2019
The Writing and Communication Centre will be hosting its fall iteration of Speak like a Scholar from October 15th to 18th.
- Nov. 1, 2019
Please join the Department of English Language and Literature for a public talk by Dr. George Elliott Clarke, Waterloo Arts alumnus and Professor of English, University of Toronto. Dr. Clarke will be reciting from his latest work Canticles, an ongoing project started in Zanzibar in 2008 and expected to conclude in 2021.
- Nov. 5, 2019
GSPA will be hosting presentation/question and answer workshops that will focus on the academic side of applying for scholarships.