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English Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
North Bay, Canada
The primary way human beings communicate is through storytelling. Almost every interaction we have involves exchanging and analyzing stories, ideas, impressions and emotions. Given this fact of human culture, we see English Studies as teaching essential skills for life beyond the university.
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In English, we challenge simplistic or superficial modes of thought—or non-thought—by finding out how texts of all sorts work. We learn from the past by reading classic works of literature, such as novels, plays and poetry. We also engage with contemporary culture by considering the texts that shape our current lives, such as movies, television, web-culture, graphic novels, theatre, and other media forms. With analytical reading, research and writing practice, we equip the citizens of the future with the skills of discernment, focus, resilience and adaptability that they will need to build their own careers and communities.

Delivered with an emphasis on dialogue, our courses reflect faculty research interests and the shape of our discipline by being a mix of tradition and innovation. In first year, you can choose from among a number of topics courses. In upper years, you may take courses in British literary history, such as Shakespeare or Victorian literature, as well as choosing from a broader range of subjects such as children’s literature, Canadian and American literature, the graphic novel, postcolonial and indigenous literatures, Harry Potter, fan vids or disaster films.​​​​​

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • British Literature Before 1800  
  • Double Agents: Canadian Literature Before 1914  
  • Adventurers, Outlaws, or Pioneers of the Frontier: Early American Literature  
  • Shakespeare  
  • Shakespeare Before 1600  
  • Shakespeare After 1600  
  • Bawdy Politics: Writing the Restoration  
  • Vice and Folly: The Age of Satire, 1660-1730  
  • Dangerous Liasons: The 18th Century Novel  
  • Desire and Identity in Early Modern Literature  
  • Transgressing Boundaries in Early Modern Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

It is the responsibility of each applicant to submit directly to the Office of the Registrar:

  • official transcripts from all institutions previously or presently attended, secondary schools, colleges and universities (Applicants who have attended postsecondary institutions outside of North America must have their foreign transcripts assessed;
  • proof of name change, if academic documents show a name other than that under which application is made (i.e. marriage registration, notarized statements of legal name change or other legal documents); and,
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not the applicant’s first language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7707 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7707 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7707 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7707 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Bay

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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