Department of English

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Reading closely, thinking deeply, and writing well: a degree in English literature offers unmatched intellectual rewards while also providing an excellent base for future studies and professional development.


At uOttawa you will learn from nationally and internationally recognized experts in a wide variety of fields. Core 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. Programs in Creative and Professional Writing enable you to hone your writer’s craft and imaginative faculties, as well as your critical thinking and research methods. 

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Why study English?

Literary study equips students with excellent communication skills, high-level experience in academic research and debate, and the capacity for creati…
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Success during and after graduation

People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare’s poetry, or Cezanne’s paintings, say, have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new…
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Pathways to careers

The time that you will spend studying literature– investigating and analyzing and debating its values and forms– is in many ways its own reward.  And …
Jay Odjick

Writer in Residence

Jay Odjick is an artist, writer, and television producer from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe community in Quebec.
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Arts Writing Centre

The goal of the Arts Writing Centre is to help students develop their writing talents in a friendly and collaborative environment.

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Faculty of Arts
4th Year Seminars
Faculty of Arts

A list of all upcoming fourth-year seminars for 2024-25. Scheduling tbd. Texts and assignments may vary

Here is the full list of 4000-level seminars for 2024-25.
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts

English Department 2024-25 Graduate Seminars

A list of all upcoming graduate seminars for the academic year, 2024-25. Scheduling tbd. Texts and assignments may vary.
Faculty of Arts
Jay Odjick
Faculty of Arts

English Department welcomes first Indigenous Writer-in-Residence

An interview with Jay Odjick, uOttawa English Department’s first Indigenous Writer-in-Residence.

Contact us

Department of English

Hamelin Hall, room 338
70 Laurier Avenue E.
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5764
Fax: 613-562-5990
[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday
From 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 4 p.m.)