2018 - 2019

In the Department of English you will encounter ideas, both new and old, and texts, both experimental and traditional.  You will read some of the best works in literature and culture, and you will engage in provocative conversations about meaning, literary history, the future, your identity, and your place in the world.  All of our programs are designed to help you think critically, read closely, and write effectively.  Whether you are pursuing a Major, a Minor, or an Honours degree you will find a diverse range of courses taught by highly knowledgeable and dynamic professors.



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first ENGL major course ENGL 1090 and one additional ENGL course at the 1000 level. 

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA Record your progress in the degree tracker.

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca

 

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take ENGL 2000, ENGL 2001, one additional ENGL course at the 2000 level or above, and either ENGL 3200 or ENGL 3201

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult with departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take one Canadian Literature course, one American Literature course. Take two additional ENGL courses at the 2000 level or above. Keep in mind that you will need a minimum of three English courses at the 3000 level or above to complete your program.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program requirements/regulations, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two ENGL courses at the 4000 level. 

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements have been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

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CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

 

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and English society mixer.

Attend English speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through The Sparks Literary Festival.

Think globally about your academic involvement.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Explore opportunities to study with the department at the Harlow Campus.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

Image1 Zaren Healey White graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Gender Studies from Memorial University in 2010, at which point she was recognized with the Chancellor's Undergraduate Award for leadership. She went on to complete a Master of Arts in English at McGill University (2012) and is back at Memorial now pursuing a Master of Gender Studies degree. Zaren has worked as a study abroad and career advisor at Memorial and has been working as a broadcast journalist and web editor with VOCM News in St. John''s since 2012.


What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

My undergraduate self would definitely be excited that I have ended up working as a broadcast journalist and web editor at VOCM News. I volunteered and worked as a writer and copy editor for the Muse newspaper at Memorial throughout my undergrad, volunteered with the campus radio station CHMR-FM, and participated in many opportunities to hone my public speaking and presentation skills in my co-curricular activities. As a result, my work in radio and as a web and social media editor fits with many of the skills I cultivated throughout my undergrad. I’ve always loved interacting with people, telling stories, and absorbing information. Working through web and social media, I get to process, consume, and communicate a ton of information every day.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?
 
My biggest challenge starting university was the transition from high school, where I was heavily involved and able to balance many activities with high performance in school work. At university, I had to devote a greater degree of time and effort than I was used to in order to achieve academic excellence. I definitely felt a little lost at the beginning, adjusting to a new environment without all the involvements that made me feel at home in high school. Once I got used to the new setting and academic challenges, as well as sought out volunteer and co-curricular activities, I became engaged and felt at home at Memorial. Going to Memorial, I always felt purposeful – there was a lot to do, and I wanted to try as many things as possible.

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

I availed of so many resources while studying at Memorial. I quickly accessed the Student Volunteer Bureau and enrolled in the Volunteer Incentive Program. Volunteering as a new student orientation group leader going into my second year of studies opened the gate to many other activities with Student Services and Memorial leadership programs. I recall visiting the Academic Advising Centre several times, especially early in my degree when I was deciding on my major. Once I decided to major in English and pursue an honours program, I met routinely with advisors with the English department. I also availed of Student Health and the Counselling Centre at various times – having those services available on campus are invaluable to assisting with a student’s holistic health needs, physical and mental.
 
Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

I have always tried to take opportunities to visit professors during office hours. This was not only to engage face to face and receive advice on my work, course of study, and other endeavours, but to get to know my professors and allow them to get to know me. I have always found demonstrating to your professors your interest, enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn to be a very rewarding part of building positive mentoring relationships. Throughout my undergrad, I sought out as many opportunities to be advised and mentored as possible. This helped me decide to apply to graduate programs and, ultimately, move into a Master of Arts program after my undergraduate degree.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?
 
I pursued extracurricular activities with the same rigour and commitment which with I pursued courses towards my degree. While school was extremely important to me, I saw on campus jobs and volunteer roles as amazing ways to get experience, develop skills, and foster connections. I volunteered a lot both on and off campus and most of my volunteer activities eventually translated into employment opportunities.

Working as both coordinator of the Student Volunteer Bureau and copy editor of the Muse for the last two years of my degree contributed greatly to my success. While working multiple jobs and volunteering was always a challenge, while aiming to stay on the Dean’s List and do my best in courses, I have always found that having simultaneous endevaours keeps me energized and motivated. Applying myself to a lot of activities also taught me to recognize my own limits and value balance and down time, too. Learning to work hard academically, while always having at least one job and several volunteer commitments, shaped my work ethic and raised my stress tolerance. I also gained a lot of skills in these activities that led to job opportunities since graduation.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?


Studying English, I wanted to find opportunities for writing and editing outside of my academic work. My work at the Muse laid the groundwork for a lot of the skills and interests I currently employ every day working in the media. I also found the combination of my two focus areas, English and gender studies, extremely complementary. These two interests, and my subsequent graduate work, led me to start a feminist blog. Now, as a broadcast journalist, I have had the opportunity to moderate some gender issue oriented roundtable discussions as well as weigh in one various radio talk shows as a feminist critic. There is a real need for critical thinkers, and being able to combine my interests of analysis and social justice with my work in the media has been awesome.
 
Did you participate in a study abroad program?

I was fortunate enough to travel to Memorial’s Harlow campus in England for a group study program with the Department of English during summer 2008. While I had travelled extensively across Canada, it was my first time leaving the country. This experience was foundational to many subsequent interests. Studying abroad and travelling helped me cultivate my independence, curiosity, and desire to seek out new and challenging experiences. I think studying abroad made me realize I could go anywhere and try anything. It definitely contributed to my eventual decision to study in Montreal for a graduate degree.
 
What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

It’s important for new undergraduate students to know that things will fall into place. I understand the pressure and desire to have it all figured out – I have always been a person who is anxious to know what the next steps are. When you start university, though, it’s a significant transition and students should allow themselves some time to experiment with different courses and subjects, as well as explore extra-curricular activities that are an intrinsic part of student life. It could be the experience of a campus job, volunteer activity, or club that helps shape long-term interests and career goals. Make use of resources, ask questions, and allow these years to be a time of learning, growing, and trying new things. University will inevitably be stressful at times, but if you find a subject you love, as well as experiences to enrich your day to day life as a student, it can also be an exciting, rewarding, and transformational time.

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)