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Our English Program

A great Scottish writer, Thomas Carlyle, conceived of learning as “thought kindling itself at the fire of living thought.” Our students are illuminated and enriched by studying language and literature. Kindle your own fire by joining us.

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Our four-year Bachelor of Arts in English program offers courses in all genres – drama, fiction, poetry, and prose – including writers and thinkers from around the world and from the medieval period to the present.

Our faculty have expertise across a range of Canadian, British, American, and postcolonial literatures, and a long-standing commitment to the study of the writers who reflect and shape the cultural histories of the people of the English-speaking world. Our program is highly personalized since students are given the opportunity to pursue topics of interest on assignments, presentations, and various writings. We invite and expect students to participate in seminar discussions and lectures by asking questions and sharing ideas.

Students discover modes of thought and methods of investigation that not only enrich the reading and understanding of language and literature, but are applicable to various disciplines. They become critical in their reading and thinking and clear in their writing and speaking. They develop a passion for reading, writing, and reflecting on the use of language wherever it is written or spoken.

An undergraduate degree in English will provide you with a solid basis for a wide range of careers. While many majors in English become teachers after they graduate, many others become artists, actors, songwriters, broadcasters, journalists, technical writers, essayists, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, directors, editors, publishers, librarians, archivists, entertainers, public relations specialists, advertising copywriters, marketing experts, researchers, lawyers, doctors, social workers, politicians, and top and mid-level managers, executives, and administrators.

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What You Can Expect

Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.

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Algoma Reads

The Algoma Reads program is a series of public events that run alongside the Algoma Reads course (ENGL 1996/ ENGL 2996) and a community book club. Students study the five shortlisted novels selected by Canada Reads and hear from keynote speakers that include published authors and prominent community members. The five public events attract readers from across the region and allow for community members to engage in inter-generational and cross-cultural discussions. Algoma Reads provides the space and opportunity for the community of Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding Algoma region to discuss issues that are important to Canadians and the word.

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