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Why English at Ryerson?

More than Dead White Men (and Women)

Experience a curriculum that takes a global, cosmopolitan attitude towards the study of literature. Study Shakespeare through the perspective of Bollywood films; read women’s writing in global contexts; explore the language of love, sex and gender; use digital media to explore Victorian texts; and consider the impact of immigrant writing in the Canadian literary landscape and Canadian writing on a global stage.

Get Creative

Why wait until graduate school to experience creative writing in small group settings? Our Creative Writing courses give you the opportunity to get critical, constructive feedback on your work as you discover your own voice as a creative writer.

Develop Marketable Skills

Our project and capstone courses and volunteer and internship possibilities allow you to translate the intellectual and aesthetic expertise you develop as an English major into marketable skill set. Develop your resumes before graduating with opportunities such as working within the digital media environment, writing press releases and book reviews, helping organize literary events, interning at a research centre, or working on the editorial board of a literary journal.  

Get Outside the Book

Stories exist in more forms than the novel. Our courses challenge you to explore the way that narrative shapes our realities in diverse formats and mediums including blogs, graphic novels, political speeches, autobiography and trauma narratives.

The City is our Classroom

Imagine classroom experiences and assignments that are enriched by the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Toronto: analyze a Nuit Blanche installation, tour Chinatown when reading Chinese-Canadian literature, research in the city archives, hear authors read and meet with publishing and marking professionals based in the city – it’s all part of the experiential learning at Ryerson.

For further questions about the BA program contact Dr. Dale Smith, Undergraduate Program Director.