English - Literature is a Bachelor of Arts degree within the English Department. It is offered as an honours major, a major, and as a minor.

Develop a love of literature and an appreciation for different writing styles. Study from the historical beginnings of English literature in the 9th century up to the present day and  consider the role of language and literature in the context of our rapidly changing world. By studying writers of both past and present, you’ll learn how to read analytically, speak clearly, and write persuasively – important skills that employers value. Explore how literature shapes our global culture and records the collective human condition through a variety of genres and discover how your own creative voice can impact the lives of others.

Begin to explore what your four years in this program might look like.


Featured Courses

  • Introduction to Classical Western Mythology (ENG-215)
  • Postcolonial Literature (ENG-376)
  • The Fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (ENG-446)

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Participate in off-campus study program and study abroad for a semester through the Crandall-Oxford Program in England.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Attend readings and performances at venues such as the Hamilton Poetry Centre, Eden Mills Festival and the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Keen writers can gain valuable experience with Redeemer’s student paper, The Crown, and Redeemer’s creative writing publication, Quest.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Ben Faber Associate Professor of English
Dr. Jonathan Juilfs Associate Professor of English

As a medieval literature specialist, Juilfs focuses on religious writings (poetry, visionary and mystical literature) in English, Latin, and Old ...

Student Story

Stephanie Nuñez
English student ‘14


Stephanie Nuñez
English student ‘14

" Attending Redeemer had been an obvious choice for me, and when I arrived in the fall of 2010, I thought the rest of my choices would be obvious too. I’d use my interest in English and history to support the direction of the education degree I’d already been preparing for. I’d graduate, get a job, and teach students to love literature as much as I did. But something unexpected happened; when I was in my third year, I began to seriously question the path I had always planned for. I still loved books, but I no longer felt called to teach. I decided to withdraw from the education program. For the first time, I had no idea what I was supposed to do with my degree. My time at Redeemer didn’t give me precise answers to the questions I was asking. Better yet, it taught me to trust in God’s plan for my life, even when I couldn’t think past the end of my afternoon English class. Faculty, staff, and fellow students surrounded me with prayer, support, and assurance that although living in the unknown was scary, it was also a great opportunity. I read Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens, Tolkien, Fowles, Atwood, Ondaatje. I studied abroad. I learned from knowledgeable, discerning professors. And after a time of not knowing, I discovered a different path. With the diligence and dedication instilled in me during my four years at Redeemer, and with my love of literature still intact, I went on to complete a year-long program in book publishing, and I’m now working in Toronto’s busy publishing industry as an editor. The path I’m on is not the one I expected, not the one I planned for, not the obvious choice. Redeemer prepared me for success by teaching what is continuously necessary: letting go of my plan, and seeking after God’s instead. "


  • Book publicists
  • Communications coordinators
  • ESL teachers
  • Journalists
  • Editors
  • Media relations officers
  • Proofreaders
  • Publishers
  • Authors
  • Teachers

Graduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • MA in English Literature
  • MA in Journalism
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • MFA in Script and Screenwriting
  • MLIS in Library Science

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