Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

About English

Forget what you’ve heard about studying English. Here, you’ll take an in-depth tour of literature ranging from the traditional (classic novels and poetry) to the popular (sci-fi and mysteries) to the innovative (graphic novels and film).

Our engaging professors explore contemporary ideas and theories, even while working with historical texts. You’ll also focus on world literature, including Indigenous, African Diaspora, and Middle Eastern literature.

Our graduates go on to work in diverse careers as editors, writers, public relations officers, media specialists, communications directors and more.

What you’ll learn 

  • Develop the critical thinking, reading and writing skills essential for success in a wide range of careers.
  • Explore a vast range of literary works while learning leadership, persuasive writing and problem solving.
  • Tailor your upper-year studies to specific theories, literary periods, genres and individual authors to suit your interests.

Hands-on experiences 

  • Take advantage of Toronto’s many literary events including the Harbourfront Reading Series and Word on the Street.
  • Attend live performances as part of our drama and Shakespeare courses.
  • Get an introduction to the country’s best writing with the Canadian Writers in Person series where you can quiz the authors of the very works you’re studying.


Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Program Details

Offered by

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

Co-op or internship

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)