English language and literature major

Welcome! The Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Waterloo offers quality undergraduate & graduate programs covering the study of literature, rhetoric, professional writing, & digital truyền thông media. Our professors have national and international reputations in these areas, and we boast many awards for teaching. ​Graduates of our B.A. & M.A. programs find successful careers in industry, law, government, teaching, medicine, communication kiến thiết, and entrepreneurship, often getting their start with our co-op program; they also go on to lớn advanced studies in English. Graduates of our PhD program hold academic & non-academic positions in Canadomain authority và across the world.

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Undergraduate Studies


Whether you want lớn explore literature, digital media, political discourse, or technical communication, our diverse undergraduate degrees & programs allow you khổng lồ pursue your interests. You have a wide variety of degree options, & with our integrated co-op option, you can combine study & work experience.

Graduate Studies


We offer MAs in Literary Studies, Rhetoric và Communication Design, và Experimental Digital Media. Our PhD offers a unique integration of literary studies with such fields as rhetoric, new truyền thông media, và discourse analysis. Our degrees will prepare you for work in và beyond the academy. 



Our department features internationally known scholars who conduct research in a variety of fields, including literary studies, digital truyền thông media, & rhetoric and professional communication. The department is also affiliated with a number of research bodies, including the Critical Media Lab, the Games Institute, First Person Scholar, the Waterloo Directory of Victorian Periodicals, & the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Teaching and Learning


Teaching is central lớn our department, and our faculty & graduate students include many award-winning instructors. Class sizes in the department are small, and your professors are dedicated, dynamic instructors who will give sầu you the academic tools you need to follow your intellectual passions và the individual attention you need to grow as a scholar.

Find out more

To find out more about our department, follow any of the links above sầu or in the main menu. Our faculty và staff are also happy lớn talk with you via email, over the phone, or in person khổng lồ answer any questions you might have.

For undergraduate inquiries

Contact our undergraduate administrator, Jenny Conroy, or our acting undergraduate chair, Randy Harris.

The English undergraduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 251.

For graduate inquiries

Contact our graduate coordinator Agata Jagielska, or our graduate chair, John Savarese.

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The English graduate office is located in Hagey Hall room 250.

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Event notices, general department news, and English-related liên kết from both within & outside the department.
News & events for graduate students and faculty, English-related job advertisements, and calls for papers & articles.
Words in Place (our department blog): a wide variety of articles on people và events in the department, including interviews with undergraduate và graduate students.
Videos of department events and student projects.
Our Department Newsletter: a periodic summary of what"s been happening with faculty và students in English Language and Literature.

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The Department of English acknowledges that we are living và working on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe và Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the l& promised to lớn the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Gr& River. Read More >>

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The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg và Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimvà Tract, the land granted khổng lồ the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grvà River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through retìm kiếm, learning, teaching, & community building, và is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.

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