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M.Berg, C.Bongie, G.Dujardin, P.Fachinger, C.Fanning, E.Hanson, M.C.Jones, S.King, F.P.Lock, G.McIntire, S.W.McKegney, R.Morrison, L.Murray, M.Pappano, J.Pierce, P.M.Rae, L.Ritchie, Y.Schlick, C.Smart, S.Straker, M.Straznicky, A.Varadharajan, M.Wallace, T.Ware, R.C.Wehlau, G.Willmott

Departmental Notes
Subject Code for Language and Literature    ENGL
Subject Code for Creative Writing    CWRI
World Wide Web Address    www.queensu.ca/english/
Head of Department    S.King
Departmental Office    Watson Hall, Room 411
Departmental Telephone    613-533-2153
E-Mail Address    donnelly@queensu.ca   
Chair of Undergraduate Studies    S.Straker
Chair of Graduate Studies    L.Ritchie

The Department of English offers a comprehensive undergraduate program that exposes students to English literatures from a large range of communities, historical periods, and geographical regions.  All three English Plans (Major, Medial, Minor) attempt to balance the study of canonical writers, literary forms, and traditions with the study of previously marginalized or unknown writing.  The program as a whole is designed to develop cross-cultural and historical literacies by encouraging students to engage with literatures from diverse histories and traditions through a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

Departmental Policies

Academic Integrity
The Department of English values and promotes an ethos of academic integrity, based on the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.  It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with the University, Faculty and Department policies on academic integrity.  The Department of English Statement on Academic Integrity is attached to all undergraduate syllabi and may be found online at www.queensu.ca/english/documents/AcademicIntegrity.pdf. The Statement includes definitions and advice for recognizing and avoiding plagiarism.

Effective Writing
An important purpose of introductory courses in English is to offer training in effective writing.  The official writing guide assigned in English 100 is Diana Hacker’s A Canadian Writer’s Reference, which provides basic information about writing and research techniques and related matters.  Further training in writing is available from the Writing Centre, which offers free services to all students in the form of workshops, tutorials, and consultations, as well as a variety of limited-enrolment courses.  (See the section in this Calendar on the Writing Centre for further details.)

English Courses as Electives
A minimum grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0 is the standard prerequisite for virtually all English courses at the 200 level or above, so incoming students intending to register in other Plans, but who may wish to take Elective courses in English, should enroll in ENGL 100 in their first year.  Upper-level students without this prerequisite, but who require an Elective course in English (e.g., for Medical School), may enroll in “Modern Prose Fiction” (ENGL 160/6.0).  Because enrolments in all English courses are limited, students registered in an English Plan have priority when applying for courses over students applying to take them as Electives.

Advice to Students

Course Selection
All students wishing to be admitted into an English Plan must, in their first year of study, take “Introduction to the Study of Literature” (ENGL 100/6.0, Core course 1.A.).

In their second year, all students registered in an English Plan, including Minors, take a required lecture class, “History of Literature in English” (ENGL 200/6.0, Core course 1.B.); students in a Major or Medial Plan also take a required seminar (ENGL 290/3.0, Core course 1.C.), which develops students’ writing abilities and introduces them to the basic research tools of literary studies.  ENGL 200 and 290 are prerequisites for coursework at the 300 level and above, so Majors and Medials should be sure to complete them in second year.

In their second year, in addition to ENGL 200 and 290, Majors normally take between 6.0 and 12.0 additional units at the 200 level that will count toward their Plan, and Medials normally take between 3.0 and 9.0 additional units at the 200 level.  It is recommended that, when possible, Majors take 12.0 additional units at the 200 level, for a total of 21.0 ENGL units in their second year.  A select number of courses from other departments and programs, including Creative Writing, can also be counted toward an English Plan (see Option 2.A. in all three Plans).
Whether one is registered in a Major, Medial, or Minor Plan, the number of 200-level units completed in second year is an important factor in determining course selection in third and fourth year, so students entering second year should be sure to map out in advance a viable trajectory through their English Plan; students are encouraged to seek advice from the Undergraduate Chair or from their instructors.

Having gained the historical and critical foundations provided, respectively, by ENGL 200 and 290, Majors and Medials proceed in third year to 300-level small lecture courses.  These in-depth, full-year survey courses are organized into three categories: Group I (ENGL 305-339), which covers literature from before 1800; Group II (ENGL 340-359), which covers the long nineteenth century (roughly, 1780-1920); and Group III (ENGL 360-389), which covers literature from after 1900.  Majors must take 6.0 units in each of these Groups (Core courses D, E, F), while Medials must take 6.0 units in Group I and 6.0 units in Group II or III (Core courses D, E). Majors should take at least two of these full-year courses in their third year, while Medials should take at least one.

The fourth-year experience for Majors revolves almost entirely around advanced 400-level seminars.  Majors take 15.0 units at the 400 level; 3.0 units of these must be in Groups I or II (ENGL 405-459; Core course G); 3.0 units must be in Groups III or IV (ENGL 460-499; Core course H); while the remaining 9.0 units are Option courses (Option B).  Medials take 6.0 units at the 400 level (Option C).  It is possible for Majors to take between 3.0 and 6.0 units at the 400 level during their third year, depending on how many 300-level courses they are also enrolled in; Medials will normally fulfill their upper-level seminar requirements in fourth year.

Special Studies Opportunities

Study Abroad
A number of our students take the opportunity of studying abroad for a term or an entire year, benefiting from bilateral exchanges to universities in a wide array of countries.  They also have access to the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in Herstmonceux, England, where an array of Queen’s English Department courses are offered, including ENGL 100.  (For more on these study abroad opportunities, see the section on International Programs and Study Abroad Options in this Calendar, as well as the website for Herstmonceux at http://www.queensu.ca/bisc)

Queen’s students who study abroad frequently do so in their third year; however, English Majors and Medials normally take a set of core courses in their third year (Core courses 1.D., 1.E., and 1.F. for Majors; 1.D. and 1.E. for Medials).  There is no reason why going on exchange in third year should prevent English Majors and Medials from completing their Plans on time; it merely requires careful planning and consultation.  Students who will be away from Queen’s for the entire third year should enroll in at least 6.0 (and preferably 12.0) units of courses at their exchange institution that can be counted toward the 300-level Core course requirements; half-year courses in similar chronological periods can be combined to satisfy a 300-level requirement.  Students who will be away only for one term during their third year may have to reverse the usual trajectory, taking 400-level courses during their term at Queen’s, and then completing all of their 300-level requirements when they return here for their fourth year.  All students intending to study abroad in their third or fourth year are strongly advised to consult with the departmental Exchange Coordinator or the Undergraduate Chair of English before finalizing their course selections at other universities.

Students registered in an English Major or Medial Plan should be in residence at Queen’s for the entirety of their second year, so that they can complete ENGL 200 and ENGL 290 (Core courses B and C), which are prerequisites for doing upper-level work in the Queen’s English Department.