What about graduate school?

The English program offers a strong preparation for graduate school: we are proud of the number of English Department alumni who have gone on to study in a wide variety of graduate programs across Canada and the United States.

In the last several years English Honours students from Redeemer have been accepted into graduate programs in English at the universities of British Columbia, Concordia, McMaster, Ottawa, Queen’s, Seattle Pacific, Toronto, Waterloo, Western, Wilfrid Laurier, and York. An Honours English degree is also good preparation for seminary, law school, or library science, and a number of our graduates have gained entry into these programs at McMaster, Queen’s, Western and elsewhere.

Graduates of our Creative Writing program have gone on to MA or MFA programs at the universities of Alberta (with Kristjana Gunnars), British Columbia (with Annabel Lyon and Wayne Grady), Calgary (with Aritha Van Herk), Cornell (with Stephanie Vaughn), Guelph (with Janice Kulyk Keefer), New Brunswick (with Mark Anthony Jarman), and Toronto (with David Adams Richards), and at the Humber School for Writers (with Isabel Huggan and David Bergen).

Interdisciplinary degrees which include an English major can lead to many other kinds of graduate programs. For instance, one of our graduates has done his graduate work in architecture, and another has received a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning.

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2015

Stacie Hurst, BA Psychology major + minor in Writing (Class of 2015); accepted into:
JD at Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Virginia

Paige Louter, BA double major in English and Theatre (Class of 2013); accepted into:
MA in Drama and Theatre at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Brian vanOosten, BA philosophy major + minor in English (Class of 2009); accepted into:
Master of Health Informatics at the University of Toronto

Ryan Van Til, BA Honours English: writing stream (Class of 2015); accepted into:
Certificate in publishing at Ryerson University

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2014

Heather Inskip, BA Hons. English + minor in History (Class of 2010); awarded a Dylan Thomas Centenary scholarship by Swansea University and a College of Arts and Humanities Scholarship from Swansea University; accepted into M.A. in Creative Writing, Swansea University (Swansea, Wales)

Erin Koning (née Haayema), BA Hons. English + major in French (Class of 2014); awarded a SSHRCC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) award; accepted into:
MA in English (medieval literature), McMaster University

Aaron Richmond, B.A. Hons. English + major in History, Religion & Theology (Class of 2014); awarded education funding from York University; accepted into:
MA in Critical Disability Studies, York University

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2013

Brittany Knapper, BA Hons. English + major in History (Class of 2012); holds a Master’s of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Trinity Western University; accepted into:
MA in English, Waterloo University

Taylor Kraayenbrink, BA Hons. English + major in History (Class of 2013); awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; accepted into:
MA in English, Western University

April Maratto, BA Hons. English + minor in Philosophy (Class of 2013); awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; accepted into:
Master’s of Interdisciplinary Humanities, English/Philosophy Stream, Trinity Western University
University.
MA in English, Dalhousie University
MA in English, Queen’s University
MA in English, Memorial University
MA in English, Trent University

Nicole Talsma, BA Hons. English + minor in Biology (Class of 2013); accepted into:
MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science), Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2012

Sally Beresford, BA Hons. English + minors in History and Philosophy (Class of 2012); accepted into:
MA in English, Waterloo University

Maria Geertsema, BA Hons. English + minor in Music (Class of 2012); awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; accepted into:
MA in English, University of Ottawa
MA in English, Queen’s University
MA in English, Waterloo University

Shayla Messenger, BA English (Class of 2012); accepted into:
MLIS, University of Western Ontario

Brent Van Staalduinen, BA Hons. English + minor in Phys.Ed. (Class of 2001); accepted into:
MFA in Creative Writing, Seattle Pacific University (Fall 2013 entry)

In 2012, we celebrated three RUC graduates who had successfully completed their MA degrees and had been accepted into PhD programs in English:

Jantina Ellens, (Class of 2011); holds a MA, University of Western Ontario, 2012; accepted into:
PhD, McMaster University (winter 2013 entry)
(also accepted into University of Western Ontario)

Joel Faber, (Class of 2010); holds a M.A., Dalhousie University, 2011; accepted into:
PhD, University of Toronto (fall 2012 entry)
(also accepted into Queen’s University and Waterloo University)

Doug Sikkema, (Class of 2006); holds a MA, University of Ottawa, 2007; accepted into:
PhD, University of Waterloo (fall 2013 entry)
(also accepted into the University of Ottawa)

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2011

Jantina Ellens, BA Hons. English + minor in French (Class of 2011); accepted into:
MA in English, University of Western Ontario
MA in English, McMaster University

Peter Frieswick, BA Hons. English + major in Theatre Arts (Class of 2010); accepted into:
MA in English and Creative Writing, University of New Brunswick

Emily Germain, BA Hons. English + minors in History and Studio Art (Class of 2011); awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship; accepted into:
MA in English, McMaster University
MA in English, University of Ottawa
MA in English, University of Western Ontario

Kim Gringhuis, BA Hons. English + History (Class of 2001); accepted into:
M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development, University of Toronto

Emily Williams, BA Hons. English + major in History (Class of 2011); awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; accepted into:
MA in English, Dalhousie University
MA in English, University of Ottawa

Acceptances into Graduate School, Winter 2012

Walter Miedema, BA Hons. English + minor in Theatre Arts (Class of 2002); accepted into:
MLIS (Library and Information Science), University of Western Ontario

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2010

Melissa Kuiper, BA English + minors in Art History and Missions (Class of 2006); accepted into:
MFA in English and Creative Writing, University of Toronto

Joel Faber, BA Hons. English + minor in History (Class of 2010); awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; accepted into:
MA in English, Dalhousie University
MA in English, McGill University

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2009

Natalie Armstrong, BA Hons. English + minor in Physical Education (Class of 2007); accepted into:
M.Div., McMaster University

Amyann Faul Groen, BA Hons. English + minor in Philosophy (Class of 2009); accepted into:
MA in Environmental Studies, York University

Marijka Westerhof, BA Hons. English + minor in Biology (Class of 2009); accepted into:
MA in English, University of Ottawa

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2008

Heather Alblas, BA History major + minor in English (Class of 2008); accepted into:
MLIS (Library Science), Dalhousie University
MLIS, McGill University
MLIS, University of Toronto
MLIS, University of Western Ontario

Teresa De Vries, BA Hons. English + minors in History and Business (Class of 2008); accepted into:
MA in English, University of Guelph

Michael Doyle, BA Hons. English + minors in Religion and Philosophy (Class of 2008); awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; accepted into:
MA in English and Creative Writing, University of New Brunswick

Angela Garmaise, BA Hons. History + B.A. English (Class of 1999); accepted into:
MA in English, University of Toronto

Theresa Merrick,
BA Hons. English + minor in History (Class of 2008); accepted into:
MA in English, U. of Waterloo
MA in English, University of Ottawa

Elizabeth O’Brien, BA Hons. English + minor in Philosophy (Class of 2008); accepted into:
MA in English, University of Ottawa

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2007

Danny Irvine, BA Hons. English + major in Theatre Arts (Class of 2004); accepted into:
M.Arch. (Architecture), University of British Columbia
MA in Community and Regional Planning, UBC
MA in Urban Planning, University of Manitoba
MA in Environmental Design, University of Calgary
B.Ed., Trent University and Queen’s University

Jessica Payton, BA Hons. Psychology + English major (Class of 2004); accepted into:
MA in Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

Joel Rusthoven, BA Hons. English + minor in Psychology (Class of 2005); accepted into:
MA in English, Carleton University

Acceptances into Graduate School, Fall 2006

Brett Dewing, BA Hons. English (Class of 2002); accepted into:
MFA in Script and Screenwriting, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Heidi Ellens, BA Hons. English (Class of 2005); accepted into:
LLB (Law), University of Ottawa
LLB, Queen’s University
LLB, University of Western Ontario

Brianna Hammer, BA History, minors in Political Science & English Writing (Class of 2006); accepted into:
MA in Journalism, University of Western Ontario

Adele Konyndyk, BA Hons. English + minor in Psychology (Class of 2006); accepted into:
MFA in Creative Writing, Seattle Pacific University

Sam Martin, BA Hons. English + minor in Art (Class of 2005); accepted into:
MA in Creative Writing, University of New Brunswick
MA in English, University of Ottawa
MA in English and Creative Writing, University of Toronto

Doug Sikkema, BA Hons. English + minor in Philosophy (Class of 2006); accepted into:
MA in English, University of Ottawa
MA in English, University of Victoria

Marcel VanderWier, BA Double major in English and History (Class of 2006); accepted into:
MA in Journalism, University of Western Ontario

Jakob Van Dorp, BA Triple major in English, History & Environmental Science (Class of 2006); accepted into:
M.Pl. in Urban & Regional Planning, Queen’s University
M.Sc. in Environment and Development, University of East Anglia, U.K.
M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development (International), University of Guelph.
M.URP. (Urban and Regional Planning), Dalhousie University

Jessica Weening, BA Hons. Psychology + major in English (Class of 2004); accepted into:
MLIS (Library Science), University of Western Ontario