Why study English at Dal?

Read into the human experience with award winning profs

Studying English teaches you essential written and oral communication expertise valuable in every field of work and helps you develop critical thinking abilities through textual, ethical and logical analysis, reading and interpretation. The study of English broadens your mind, kindles your interest in the world and connects you to the wealth of great literature created in English, both past and present.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Department: Department of English
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

The English program offers you the opportunity to take a wide range of courses that reflect the diverse nature of English language literature. The design of the program gives you flexibility in what you take, allowing you to match your studies to your interests.

Research in the Department of English ranges widely—not just to different historical periods, but to surprising topics within and across those periods, such as fraud, medieval romance, the history of copyright, health, hockey, and nationalism. This research frequently shows up in our English courses, exposing you to the most up-to-date research in a field.

Sample courses:

  • Canadian Literature
  • Cartoons and Comics
  • Old English

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

You'll learn essential written and oral communication skills valuable in every field of work as well as critical thinking abilities: textual analysis, logical analysis, reading and interpretation skills.
Dalhousie English graduates are creative, adaptable, culturally aware and have gone on to do outstanding work in a wide variety of fields. Here are recent examples of careers our alumni have successfully taken:  

  • publisher or literary editor
  • advertising copywriter
  • screen writer

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in English, library and information studies, or a degree in law or education.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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