Besides providing an excellent base for professional development, a degree in English literature can offer you unmatched intellectual challenges.

Undergraduate programs in English

The Department provides courses in all major historical and national areas of literature in English. It also offers courses in creative writing and literary theory, along with general interest courses in literature and film, children’s literature, science fiction, and literature and the environment. Courses cover Canadian, American, British, Indigenous, and African and Asian diasporic literatures. The curriculum also covers the full range of historical periods and a wide variety of thematic approaches, such as environmental literatures, new media studies, decolonization and globalization studies.

Benefits of an English degree

A degree in English will enable you to: 

  • Think critically and develop skills in persuasive, argumentative writing
  • Hone your research, analysis, and information management skills
  • Explore and assess the uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of knowledge
  • Present information in creative, innovative, and professional ways
  • Study in a collegial and collaborative learning environment with dedicated, friendly faculty members 
Learn more about the pathways to success
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Honours program, major, minor?

For some, choosing the right undergraduate program can seem hard at first, but do not worry, we are here to guide you. Learn about the different course structures offered at uOttawa.
Discover our course structures

Typical degree combinations

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English + Creative Writing

A combined degree in English and Creative Writing allows you to delve deeply into literary analysis while honing your own storytelling skills, preparing you for a dynamic career in writing, publishing, and beyond.
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English + History

A combined degree in English and History offers a rich exploration of literary works and historical contexts, equipping you with a profound understanding of how narratives shape and are shaped by the past.
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English + Philosophy

A combined degree in English and Philosophy fosters critical thinking and analytical skills by examining profound texts and ideas, allowing you to explore the intersections of literature, ethics, and human thought.
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Arts Writing Centre

If you are enrolled in one of our classes and need help with your writing, you can make an appointment with our dedicated writing tutors.
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Département d'English

Pavillon Hamelin, pièce 338
70 avenue Laurier E.
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tél. : 613-562-5764
téléc. : 613-562-5990
[email protected]

Heures de bureau

Lundi au vendredi
8:45 à 12h00
13h00 à 16h30
(1er juin au 31 août : ferme à 16h00)