Experiential learning is the backbone of our BA program. In addition to including experiential learning opportunities throughout our curriculum more generally, our second-year practicum courses (Writing in the Arts; Making Digital Work; Writing Poetry; Writing Fiction and Open Topics in Experiential Learning) give every English student the opportunity to work in an area of applied literary knowledge. In their final year, students may also take the Independent Research Project course elective (ENG 907) as a capstone to their experiential learning at Ryerson.
BA English students have many extra-curricular experiential learning opportunities available to them; in some cases, these are voluntary, but students may also apply for a limited number of paid research assistantships through Ryerson's Experiential Learning Research Assistant Program. Undergraduates may provide research assistance in faculty projects; contribute to the annual production of The White Wall Review, Ryerson's Journal of Art and Literature; and participate in activities at the Children's Literature Archive, the Centre for Digital Humanities, and the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, among other possibilities.
Experiential learning opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Creative writing
- Editing, layout, and publishing of print journals
- Digital archiving and publishing methodologies
- Archival research, including manuscripts, rare books, and objects
- Secondary research
- Cataloguing of print materials and objects
- Curation, exhibits, and event planning
Students may also check out the Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre for more information on other community engagement learning activities.