Why choose English at Dalhousie?

Studying English teaches you skills you need for university, work, and life. You learn essential written and oral communication expertise valuable in every field of work. You develop critical thinking abilities through textual, ethical and logical analysis, reading and interpretation. English majors hone their skills of rhetoric, argumentation, and persuasion and practice skills of editing, revision, organization, and presentation.

The study of English forms the core of a solid arts education that 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.

Program details

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • Concentration (3 years)
  • Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Available as a second subject to BSc students


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • 4 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • creative writing
  • drama
  • history
  • journalism

See admission requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Class sizes average around 40 students per course.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing

Meet our students

Denzel Noylander

Studying English at Dal gives students like Denzel Noylander the writing skills to communicate new ideas. By looking at classic and modern texts from different angles, new perspectives can emerge and new ideas can be born.