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The English Honours program is designed as an intensive course of study for a select number of students who have chosen English as their major and who have demonstrated exceptional creative, critical, and communicative abilities in their second-year coursework in English. The program is a more advanced and more directed course of study than the program for English Majors and has additional requirements. Students who complete this program of study will receive a degree that will distinguish them as successful and highly motivated students of English who have achieved a high degree of competency in the discipline and who are prepared for the rigours of more advanced scholarship.
An Honours English degree is an opportunity for accomplished English students to engage in an enriching research project aided by a departmental supervisor. In order to graduate with a BA (Hon) in English, students must meet the following requirements:
You apply by sending an application to the Honours Program Coordinator, with information including your grades in English 220 or English 221, your address and telephone number, as well as your year of study (2nd or 3rd year). If you already have a supervisor, please provide that information as well.
As soon as you are accepted into the program, and no later than January of the second term of your third year, you should contact a potential supervisor in the English Department about overseeing your project and arranging to work with you on the proposal. Without a supervisor, you will be unable to complete your Honours degree. If you need guidance in selecting a supervisor for your project, please contact the Honours Coordinator for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your proposal with a brief covering letter by May 15th of the academic year prior to taking up your honours research. Submit to the Honours Coordinator only with the permission of your supervisor.
Once your proposal is approved, you will be enrolled the following September in English 499: Honours English, for 6 credits.
|By January of your 3rd year of study, or immediately after completing English 220 and 221.*||Application to Honours Coordinator|
|After acceptance||Seek a supervisor|
|May 15th of 3rd year||Submit Proposal|
|September of your 4th or final year||You are enrolled in ENGL 499. Meet with supervisor to plan project|
|December||Meet any deadlines set with supervisor|
|January & February||Work on thesis and revisions|
|March 15th||Submit to second reader|
|March 30th||Consultation between supervisor & second reader: work on revisions if required|
|April 15th||Last day to submit completed copy|
|April 30th||Grade for ENGL 499 posted|
*This is assuming you intend to complete your degree in 4 years. If you are extending your degree to 5 years, then you may undertake your honours’ research during your 5th and final year.