The Advantages of an English Degree at Queen’s
Small-class Experience at Every Level
In each year of your English studies at Queen’s, you will work with instructors who get to know you individually, and with whom you can build an ongoing relationship.
First-year English combines large lectures with small tutorials
Second-year seminar focuses on a single text: really get to know the text, and your peers
Third-year courses are small to mid-size, combining lecture, discussion, small-group, and collaborative work
Fourth-year seminars feature small-group, intensive exploration of an array of topics
Combine Creative and Analytical Work
The Queen’s English Department encourages you to develop your creativity. We offer several Creative Writing courses, all of which can count toward English degrees. Some of these courses are analytical/creative hybrids: like regular English courses they offer a structured approach to a defined topic, but they allow students to submit creative work instead of essays. Several upper-year seminars allow students to choose between writing a research essay or doing some form of creative assignment. These opportunities invite students to explore creative responses to challenging questions.
Find Your Passion
The English Department is small enough to foster a strong sense of community among students, but large enough to offer you a diverse array of courses. From popular forms like children’s and YA literature to the classics, from Canadian authors to English-language texts from around the world, from medieval poetry to texts written this year, and including many LGBTQ+ and BIPOC voices, you will be able both to follow your interests and discover new ones.
The Frequently Asked Questions page is a good resource to address any further queries about our undergraduate degrees. You may also contact us directly at the Department of English.