English (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts SHEQAB Approved

Your BA in English balances rich Christian education with quality academic rigour. Our highly trained professors provide a solid foundation for our BA in English as they passionately equip their students to engage our world through academic excellence and long nurtured passion for Jesus.

This program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education effective July 1, 2015. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs.

Our BA English (Honours) focuses on preparing students to wrestle with our culture through the tools of traditional literary studies, literary theory, contemporary Canadian and world literatures. Students will grow in areas of authorial clarity, editing written material, genre studies and literary criticism

Graduates of our English programs at Briercrest will be well-prepared to pursue further education and well-equipped to be valuable in career and life situations needing:

  • Excellence in written and oral communication
  • The ability to think ciritcally and imaginatively
  • The discipline to work independently, responsibly and productively
  • The willingness to collaborate with and learn from others
  • The desire to contribute both to the work of God's Kingdom and the communities in which they live

In addition, students experience the advantage of our unique community life, small class room settings, and freedom to closely engage with professors.

As of July 2015, the BA English Honours program has been approved by the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board (SHEQAB).


Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)


BA Core Curriculum (54 credit hours)

Required Courses (24 credit hours):

ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II
ENG 210 British Survey I
ENG 211 British Survey II
ENG 389 Critical Theory
HUM 490 Senior Humanities Seminar
ENG 497 Honours Reading Course or the completion of a 300-400 level course closely related to the content of the student's Honours thesis
ENG 498/499 Honours Thesis (6 credit hours), including an oral defense or public presentation and a library-acceptable copy are required. The Honours thesis must be defended before two faculty members, one of whom (typically the second reader) may be a non-BC faculty member.

Cognate Requirements (6 credit hours):

Six (6) credit hours of one ancient or modern language. This requirement is in addition to the major requirements.

Field Requirements (24 credit hours):

6 credit hours at the 200+ level and 18 credit hours at the 300+ level. Within these credit hours, 6 credit hours must be chosen from Category A and 6 credit hours must be chosen from Category B.

Category A: British and European Literature
ENG 301 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies
ENG 302 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
ENG 331 Topics in Medieval Literature
ENG 332 Renaissance and Reformation
ENG 333 Topics in Seventeenth-Century British Literature
ENG 334 Topics in Eighteenth-Century British Literature
ENG 335 Topics in Romantic Literature
ENG 336 Topics in Victorian Literature
ENG 337 Topics in Modern British and Irish Literature
ENG 370 Topics in Children's and Young Adult Literature
ENG 393 Specialized Study (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 406 Studies in Literature (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 407 Studies in Genre (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 409 Studies in Literature and Religion (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 493 Specialized Study (approval of program coordinator required)

Category B: Additional Literature
CLS 201 Introduction to Literature of Greece and Rome
ENG 224 Poetry
ENG 226 Drama
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
ENG 324 Topics in Women's Literature
ENG 351 Topics in Early American Literature
ENG 352 Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
ENG 353 Topics in Modern American Literature
ENG 357 African-American Literature
ENG 360 Topics in Canadian Literature
ENG 370 Topics in Children's and Young Adult Literature
ENG 393 Specialized Study (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 406 Studies in Literature (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 407 Studies in Genre (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 409 Studies in Literature and Religion (approval of program coordinator required)
ENG 410 The History and Future of the Book
ENG 493 Specialized Study (approval of program coordinator required)

  • Within their field requirements, students are required to have six (6) credit hours of coursework that focuses on pre-1800 content selected from: CLS 201, ENG 301, ENG 302, ENG 331, ENG 332, ENG 333, ENG 334, ENG 351, ENG 393 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 406 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 407 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 409 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 493 (approval of program coordinator required)
  • Within their field requirements, students are required to have six (6) credit hours of coursework that focuses on post-1800 content selected from: ENG 322, ENG 336, ENG 337, ENG 352, ENG 353, ENG 356, ENG 357, ENG 360, ENG 370, ENG 393 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 406 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 407 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 409 (approval of program coordinator required), ENG 493 (approval of program coordinator required)

A minimum of 33 credit hours must be taken at 300-400 level with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 400- level.
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)


Brenda Beckman-Long, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
bbeckman@briercrest.ca
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Johannah Bird, MA
Instructor in English
jbird@briercrest.ca
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Rhoda Cairns, PhD
Assistant Professor of English Literature
rcairns@briercrest.ca
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Calum MacFarlane, PhD
Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
cmacfarlane@briercrest.ca
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Matthew Zantingh, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
mzantingh@briercrest.ca
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