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Love the written word? An English degree at Waterloo gives you all kinds of opportunity to explore that passion, with more than 150 undergraduate courses available in both the regular and co-op streams.

Take rhetoric courses and learn the art of persuasion. Focus on digital media, where you’ll merge the latest technology with enduring principles of effective communication. Or explore the pleasures and insights of English literature, from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf.

At Waterloo, you’ll be learning from the best: the Department of English features internationally recognized scholars. In their classes, you’ll develop all-important skills in communication, critical thinking, analysis, and persuasion.

At the end of first year, you can choose one of three majors within the English program.

  • Literature
  • Literature and Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication

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English degree admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

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How to apply

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose English as your major at the end of first year.

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Make lasting connections

We cap many of our classes at 40 students, creating an environment where you can connect with your classmates and professors.

Build an awesome résumé

If you choose co-op, you’ll put your education into action during your work terms, explore careers, and earn money at the same time!