Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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Course Prerequisites and Program Thresholds

 

Prerequisites for English Courses

Various prerequisites are described in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar, but two prerequisites are particularly significant to students in English:

1. For entrance into 200-level courses, a student requires:

  • a minimum grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0.

2. For entrance into 300- and 400-level courses, a student requires:

  • enrolment in an ENGL BA (Hons.) Plan (Major or Medial),
  • successful completion of ENGL 200/6.0 and ENGL 290/3.0, and
  • a minimum grade of C+ in all previous English courses.

Prerequisite 1 applies to anyone who wishes to take more than a first-year English course. Prerequisite 2 applies only to students who are enrolled in an ENGL Major or Medial Plan, since 300-level ENGL courses are not normally open to students who are enrolled in an ENGL Minor Plan.

As a general rule, you should keep your average in English at C+ or better to complete an honours degree successfully.

 

Prerequisites for Creative Writing Courses

1. For entrance into CWRI 293/3.0, CWRI 294/3.0, or CWRI 295/3.0, a student requires:

  • permission of the instructor (admission is determined by the instructor’s evaluation of a portfolio of the student’s work), and
  • a previous credit in a 100-level English course (recommended).
 

2. For entrance into CWRI 296/3.0, a student requires:

  • fulfilment of Prerequisite 1 (above); and
  • successful completion of CWRI 293/3.0, CWRI 294/3.0, or CWRI 295/3.0.

 

Prerequisites for ENGL 590/3.0

1. For entrance into ENGL 590/3.0, the Senior Essay, a student requires:

  • permission of the Undergraduate Chair, and
  • a minimum GPA of 3.50 or better in 24.0 previous English units.

 

Program Thresholds

The Program Thresholds for students registering in an English Plan are as follows:

  • Automatic Threshold: Any student who receives a grade of B- or better in ENGL 100 is guaranteed admission into an English Major, Medial, or Minor Plan.
  • Pending Threshold: A minimum grade of C+ in ENGL 100 is required to be eligible to register in an English Major, Medial, or Minor Plan.
  • Threshold for Elective Students: Students who do not wish to register in an English Plan but are interested in taking a 200-level English course as an elective must earn a minimum grade of C in ENGL 100 to gain access to those courses, where space permits.