The curriculum builds on a foundational year of interdisciplinary study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by three years of more specialized study in English and History. Students take a combination of 13 required and elective courses in English and 13 required and elective courses in History, as well as 6 liberal studies courses. Students also take a mandatory English practicum in their second year.
The core goals of the Double Major are to graduate students who:
- have mastered the ability to critically analyze oral, written, and other forms of texts;
- will appreciate the complexities in various academic interpretations, and will be able to think critically about the normative assumptions governing both particular interpretations and interpretation in general;
- are capable of developing probing research questions, conducting effective research, and persuasively communicating the results of their inquiry in a variety of oral and written modes;
- possess a superior set of “career-ready” research, analytical, and oral and written skills, and know how to apply them to professional situations as well as to graduate study opportunities; and
- demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge and skills by acting as responsible academic and community citizens, both locally and globally.
Semesters One and Two: The first year is a Common Arts Platform, which is shared with the BA programs in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. Students gain a broad, interdisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and methodologies. They begin their exploration of the English discipline with two courses in fictional and non-fictional narratives, and take their first two university-level History courses from a number of choices that explore the subject across a range of themes, time periods, and geographical contexts. Students also acquire skills and knowledge in two foundational courses, Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking, and choose additional electives from a broad range of areas.
Semesters Three through Six: In second year, students take their third foundational Common Arts Platform course, Research Design and Qualitative Methods, alongside a more specialized Advanced Research Methods course in English. Students also take the first of the Department of History’s signature Historian’s Craft (or H-Craft) offerings, Reading, Writing and Using History, as well as Hearing, Seeing and Speaking History. Students also select an English practicum course. In the third year, students take two additional Historian’s Craft courses and a course in Literary and Cultural Theory. Additionally, students select from a wide range of electives in History and English and in liberal studies that broaden their educational endeavours and develop intellectual and professional prowess.
Semesters Seven and Eight: In their final year of study, students satisfy any remaining elective requirements and take the required capstone seminars -- one in English and one in History. Electives may include an independent research paper or an advanced practicum course. These capstone courses are designed to develop depth in the disciplines and sharpen students’ professional competencies.