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Department of English

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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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.)