Courses & Programs
Within the liberal arts environment of Bishop’s University, the Department of English offers a diverse range of courses and programs to help students to develop their critical appreciation of texts of all kinds (literature, film, television, etc.), and to broaden their understanding of culture and its relationship to the individual, from historical and theoretical perspectives. Students of English develop analytical, research, and communication skills that are well-suited to many careers in today’s information economy. Recent graduates have pursued graduate studies and careers in fields as diverse as teaching English, advertising and marketing, film-making, law, politics, publishing, television, education, journalism, and business communications.
Entering students complete a foundation year, which consists of four core courses designed to develop critical approaches to texts, an historical understanding of the evolution of English literatures, and research and writing skills. Upper level courses are delivered in a lecture format at the 200 level and a seminar format at the 300 level with an added emphasis on student participation.
English Majors (with the exception of students in the Double Major in Secondary English and Education) should normally (in their second semester) choose from one of three Concentrations:
The Literature Concentration offers a well-rounded education that challenges the student to read a diversity of British, Canadian, American, Irish, and Postcolonial literatures. Presentation of the literature of early and more recent periods enables students to read texts in context and to understand more fully the ways in which people in different circumstances have organized their thoughts and their lives. In consultation with their English faculty advisor, students in the Literature Concentration may elect to enter the English Honours Literature program.
In the Film and Media Studies Concentration, students develop a rich awareness of the historical development of film and related moving-image media and apply a range of interdisciplinary theoretical models and critical approaches to understand these media as both individual forms of expression and industrial products promoting social cohesion. They consider how, through the interplay of their representations, these media affect us, build our ideas of the world, and shape our social interactions. Courses are offered primarily through the English Department, but additional courses offered in many different disciplines at Bishop’s (Classics, Drama, Music, religion, Modern Languages, Sociology, Philosophy, History) enrich the program with their different approaches and emphases. Students in the program have the opportunity to write and create their own films in screenwriting and filmmaking courses. They graduate with a rich understanding of the pervasive media landscape in which we all now live, ready to participate in it critically and creatively, as global citizens and active producers. In consultation with their English Faculty advisor, students in this concentration may elect to enter the Honours program in Film and Media Studies.
The three Foundation Year courses taken by all English Majors and Honours students are:
ENG 100, “Introduction to English Studies”; ENG 112, “English Literary Tradition: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance”; and ENG 113, “English Literary Tradition: The Eighteenth Century to the Present”.
The fourth Foundation year course is ENG 101 for Literature Concentration; ENG 102 for Film and Media Studies Concentration.
1) Literature Concentration
Students in the English Major, Literature Concentration, take at least 48 credits in English, including the Foundation year courses ENG 100, ENG 101, ENG 112, ENG113 (12 credits); ENG 215, “North American Literatures” (3 credits); at least three courses in English Literature before 1900 (9 credits); and eight English electives (24 credits).
2) Film and Media Studies Concentration
Students in the English Major, Film and Media Studies Concentration, take at least 48 credits in English, including the Foundation year courses ENG 100, ENG 102, ENG 112, ENG113 (12 credits); ENG/DRA 170 “Intro to Film” (3 credits); at least two Core Courses (6 credits) from ENG 279, ENG 280, ENG 287, ENG 291; five Core Electives (15 credits) chosen from CLA 150, ENG 124 (formerly ENG 219), ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 236, ENG 278, ENG 279 (formerly ENG 289), ENG 280, ENG 282, ENG 283, ENG 284, ENG 287, ENG 288, ENG 291, ENG 293, ENG 294, ENG 295, ENG 297, ENG 298, ENG 381, ENG 382, ENG 383, ENG 463, GER 370, GER 371, HIS 332, ITA 309, ITA 310, MUS 115 (formerly MUS 102), MUS 116, PHI 345, REL 237, SOC 105, SOC 241, SPA 318, SPA 333; and Four English Electives (12 credits).
3) Double Major: Secondary Education and English
Program requirements for students pursuing a double major in Secondary Education and English may be found under “School of Education” in the Academic Calendar. All questions concerning courses and requirements should be referred to the Chair of the School of Education.
Honours in Literature
The Honours in English Literature is designed for students who wish to specialize in the study of English Literature, especially with the goal of continuing to study the subject at the graduate level.
Students in this program take at least 60 credits in English including, the Foundation year courses (12 credits); at least three credits from each of the following 10 areas (30 credits) listed below; four elective English courses (12 credits); and either the Honours Thesis (6 credits) ENG 471 and ENG 472 or two additional English courses from the 200 or 300 level (6 credits).
Four Foundation Year Courses: (12 credits): ENG 100, ENG101, ENG 112, ENG 113.
One course from each of the following ten areas (30 credits):
1) Anglo-Saxon or Middle English: ENG 310, 311, 314, 315, 316
2) Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century: ENG 223, 224, 225, 320, 321, 325, DRA 222
3) Eighteenth Century: ENG 332, 333, 390
4) Romantic: ENG 342, 347, 348
5) Victorian: ENG 254, 255, 350, 351
6) Twentieth-Century British: ENG 250, 251, 360, 361
7) Canadian: ENG 215, 252, 253, 275, 352, 358, 359
8) American: ENG 256, 257, 353, 356, 357
9) Postcolonial: ENG 228, 358, 375
10) Critical Theory: ENG 234, 236, 239, 353
Six English Electives (18 credits). Students have the option to complete the English Honours Essay ENG 471 and ENG 472 as part of this requirement.
Honours In Film and Media Studies
The Honours in Film and Media Studies is designed for students who wish to specialize in these areas, especially with the goal of continuing to graduate studies.
Students in this program take at least 60 credits in Film and Media Studies, including the Foundation year courses (12 credits), Core Courses (12 credits), Core Electives (21 credits) and English Electives (15 credits).
Four Foundation Year Courses: (12 credits): ENG 100, ENG102, ENG 112, ENG 113. Three Core Courses: (12 credits): ENG/DRA 170, ENG 279 (formerly ENG 289), ENG 280; at least One of ENG 287, or ENG 291.
Seven Core Electives (21 credits):
CLA 150, ENG 124 (formerly ENG 219), ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 236, ENG 278, ENG 282, ENG 283, ENG 284, ENG 287, ENG 288, ENG 291, ENG 293, ENG 294, ENG 295, ENG 297, ENG 298, ENG 381, ENG 382, ENG 383, ENG 463, GER 370, GER 371, HIS 332, ITA 309, ITA 310, MUS 115 (formerly MUS 102), MUS 116, PHI 345, REL 237, SOC 105, SOC 241, SPA 318, SPA 333.
Five English Electives (15 credits). Students have the option to complete the English Honours Essay ENG 471 and ENG 472 as part of this requirement.
As per Humanities Division guidelines, students must attain an average of 70%, calculated on the best 60 credits in the program (including cognates) in order to graduate with an Honours degree.
Students in the Honours Literature program and the Major Concentration in either Literature or English/Education may count Drama courses in English Literature and Education 211 “Introduction to Young Adult Literature” as satisfying English requirements, subject to the approval of the Department. Courses in Classical, French, German, Spanish and Italian literatures, as well as mythology and the Bible may also be considered as cognates. No more than two cognate courses (6 credits) may be counted as part of these programs.
For students in any discipline at Bishop’s who, in addition to their major concentration, wish to develop a secondary area of expertise in one of the fields offered through the English Department, we offer four different minors:
The English Minor allows students to sample from the many different subject areas offered through the English department. Students must complete any 24 credits of their choice, none of which may be cognate courses.
The Minor in Film and Media Studies provides an introduction to the study of film through the increasingly rich, interdisciplinary approach that now defines this field. Film courses are typically taught in the cinema class room (Nicolls 4), which is equipped with excellent projection and sound equipment, as well as cinema seating. The Film and Media Studies Minor requires the completion of 24 credits in the following manner:
Four Core Requirements (12 credits) composed of ENG/DRA 170 and at least three courses from ENG 102, ENG 279, ENG 280, ENG 287, ENG 291.
Four Core Electives (12 credits) chosen from the following list:
CLA 150 The Ancient World in Film and Television
ENG 102 Approaches to Media Studies
ENG 124 Introduction to the Graphic Novel (formerly ENG 219)
ENG 217 The Arthurian Tradition
ENG 218 The Gothic Tradition
ENG 236 Popular Culture
ENG 278 Science Fiction in Literature and Film
ENG 279 Film History (formerly ENG 289)
ENG 280 Film History after 1939
ENG 282 Film Adaptation
ENG 283 The Documentary Film
ENG 284 Film Noir
ENG 287 Image and Communication
ENG 288 Crime Pays: The Gangster Film Genre
ENG 291 Film Theory
ENG 293 Four Filmmakers
ENG 294 Film Comedy
ENG 295 Jane Austen and Film
ENG 297 From Aliens to Zombies
ENG 298 Studies in Directors/Actors: Alfred Hitchcock
ENG 381 The Evolution of the Fairy Tale in Literature and Film
ENG 382 Screenwriting
ENG 383 Digital Filmmaking
ENG 463 Senior Seminar: Screenwriting
GER 370 Introduction to German Film
GER 371 East German Cinema: From Rubble Films to Ostalgie
HIS 332 The Celluloid Republic
ITA 309 Italian Cinema and Society
ITA 310 Italian Cinema and Society II
MUS 115 (formerly MUS 102) Film Music I
MUS 116 Film Music II
PHI 345 Topics in Philosophy of Film
REL 237 Film and Religion
SOC 105 Media and Society I
SOC 241 Cinema
SPA 318 Spanish Cinema
SPA 333 Hispanic Literature and Film
The courses listed above are rotated and may not be offered every
year. The Director of the Film Studies Program is Dr. Steven Woodward (English).
Students who want further information may contact the Director in Morris House.
The Literature Minor allows students to focus on the many different aspects and areas of English literatures offered through the English department. The Literature Minor requires 8 courses (24 credits) from the following list:
Eng 104 Approaches to Short Fiction
Eng 100 Introduction to English Studies
Eng 101 Responding to Literature
Eng 108 American Short Story
Eng 110 English Writers of Quebec
Eng 111 Canadian Short Story
Eng 112 Eng Lit Trad I
Eng 113 Eng Lit Trad II
Eng 115 Women Writers before 1900
Eng 122 Introduction to Russian Literature
Eng 123: Introduction to Indigenous Literature in Canada
Eng 202: History of the English Language
Eng 205: The Art of Persuasion
Eng 210: History of Children’s Literature
Eng 212: Crime stories
Eng 215: Introduction to North American Literatures
Eng 217: Arthurian Tradition
Eng 218: Gothic Tradition
Eng 223: Elizabethan Shakespeare
Eng 224: Jacobean Shakespeare
Eng 225: The Stratford “Shakesperience”
Eng 228: Introduction to Post Colonial Literature
Eng 234: Contemporary Lit Theory
Eng 238: Confessions, Memoirs and Life Writing
Eng 239: Feminist Literary Theory
Eng 241: War and Literature
Eng 250: Modern British Novel
Eng 251: British Dystopian Novel
Eng 252: English-Canadian Literature to WWI
Eng 253: English-Canadian Literature from WWI to Present
Eng 254: Animal Nature in Victorian Culture
Eng 255: Crime and Culture in Victorian England
Eng 256: Early 20th century American Novel
Eng 257: Contemporary American Novel
Eng 257: Contemporary Canadian Novel
Eng 278: Science Fiction in Film and Literature
Eng 295: Jane Austen and Film Adaptation
Eng 310: Anglo Saxon Studies
Eng 311: Anglo-Saxon Studies II
Eng 314: Chaucer
Eng 315: Romance and Dream Vision in Medieval England
Eng 316: Medieval Comedy and Satire
Eng 320: 16th Century Poetry and Prose
Eng 321: 17th Century Poetry and Prose
Eng 325: Milton
Eng 332: 18th Century Literary Journeys
Eng 333: 18th Century Georgian Literature
Eng 342: Revolution and Romanticism
Eng 347: Early Romantic Poetry
Eng 348: Later Romantic Period
Eng 350: Technology, Media and Literature in Victorian England
Eng 351: Late Victorian Poetry and Prose
Eng 352: Canadian Literature and Theories of Globalization
Eng 353: Boy Meets Girl: American Literature
Eng 356: Early 19th Century American Literature
Eng 357: Late 19th Century American Literature
Eng 358: Approaches to Indigenous Literary Cultures in Canada
Eng 360: Low Modernism
Eng 361: British Poetry after 1930
Eng 375: Colonial Narratives
Eng 390: Restoration Literature
The Creative Writing and Journalism Minor is designed to help aspiring writers develop their creative abilities through the practice of writing as a discipline and vocation. Courses focus on the technical aspects of various forms of writing, including poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, fiction, and creative non-fiction. In addition, students must complete a senior seminar with a professional writer. Internships with a newspaper or literary journal will be made available. Students are also expected to participate in the rich writing life at Bishop’s, which includes two student drama festivals, the Morris House Reading Series, creative writing competitions, The Mitre, student-run creative writing groups and The Campus newspaper. By the end of their studies, students will have amassed a portfolio of creative works and made business contacts with professional writers.
Seven Courses (21 credits) from the following list:
DRA 281 Playwriting I
DRA 282 Playwriting II
ELA 116 Effective Writing
ELA 201 Advanced Composition
ELA 202 Speech
ENG 104 Approaches to Short Fiction
ENG 200 Creative Writing: Lyric Poetry
ENG 201 Creative Writing: Short Fiction
ENG 203 Creative Writing: Experiments in Prose
ENG 204 Creative Writing: Experiments in Poetry
ENG 206 Creative Writing: Experiments in the Graphic Novel
ENG 282 Film Adaptation
ENG 285 Journalism
ENG 286 On-Line Journalism
ENG 290 New Journalism
ENG 296 Sports Writing
ENG 382 Screenwriting
ENG 385 Journalism Editing and Ethics
ENG 450 Experiential Learning: Journalism
ENG 454 Experiential Learning: Broadcast Journalism
ENG 458 Experiential Learning: Literary Journal Editing
Students must complete at least ONE Senior Seminar (3 credits):
ENG 461 Senior Seminar: Poetry
ENG 462 Senior Seminar: Fiction
ENG 463 Senior Seminar: Screenwriting
ENG 464 Senior Seminar: Journalism
The senior seminar will be taught each year by a specialist in creative writing or journalism.
For the complete list of applicable courses, consult the academic calendar.