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Students interested in English programs will ordinarily be admitted at the beginning of Year Two. Admission will be based on academic performance in at least ten term courses in Year One, including at least one or (preferably) two 100-level English Major courses. Application for admission to English programs is usually made at the time of preregistration for Year Two. Criteria for admission to Honours English programs will normally include an overall Year One average of at least 70% and an English average of at least 75%; to the Four-Year General English program, an overall Year One average of at least 65% and an English average of at least 70%; to the Three-Year General English program, an overall Year One average of at least 65% and an English average of at least 65%. Because of limitations on resources, however, the student's fulfillment of minimum entrance requirements may not guarantee admission to English programs, and higher averages may be required.

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Three-Year General English

Eligibility for graduation in the General English program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 65%.
  2. At least 12 term courses must be in English, including:

Students in the General program must gain a minimum of 16 term courses beyond the 100-level.

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Four-Year General English

Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements, with specific English requirements the same as for the Joint Honours Program. Students must maintain a minimum average of 70% in their English major courses and an overall cumulative average of 60%.

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Honours English - Literature

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours English program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 75%.
  2. At least 20 term courses must be in English, and these 20 courses are usually divided 2-6-6-6 among the four years. English courses must include:

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Honours English - Rhetoric and Professional Writing

The Rhetoric and Professional Writing Option is available only as an Honours program (not as a General program) and may be taken as either a Regular program or a Co-operative program. A student must complete 40 term courses with an average of at least 75% in English courses and 70% in the Intensive Study area. In addition to English courses, good course choices for first year include Arts Group B courses, a language other than English (culture courses do not fulfill this requirement), and Computer Science.

The Intensive Study areas can be made up of courses drawn from all faculties except Engineering. The courses will be taken either from a single department (e.g. Biology, Economics) or closely related disciplines (e.g. Biology and Health Studies, Economics and Accounting, Legal Studies). Lists of approved RpackagesS for Intensive Study may be obtained from the Undergraduate Officer of the Department of English, who also has lists of recommended courses relevant to the program in History, Philosophy, and Political Science.

Students preparing themselves for teaching careers or graduate studies in English may include further courses in literature as part of their electives.

English Requirements (20 courses)
  1. First Year (two term courses): two courses chosen from among 102A, 102B, 103A, 103B, 105A, 105B, 107, 108A-N, 190;
  2. Literature (seven term courses): 200A/B, 251A/B, three further Literature (one from North American sequences; one from 310, 330, 350, 362/363, 410, 430, 451, 460 sequences; one other);
  3. 200-level Writing (one term course): one of 210E or 210F;
  4. Discipline Core (six term courses): all of 292, 306A, 309A, 309C, 409 (1.0);
  5. RPW Electives (four term courses): choose from among the 305 courses, other 306 courses, other 309 courses, 335, 336, 392A, 392B, 470A, 470B, 481/482/492 senior seminars, 495A/B when devoted to projects in linguistics, rhetoric, professional writing, or communication (clear RPW elective choices with English advisor).

Non-English Requirements (20 courses)
  1. CS 100 or equivalent;
  2. Two courses in a language other than English (Arts Group Aii - culture courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement);
  3. Four courses in social sciences (Arts Group B);
  4. Five courses in an intensive study concentration;
  5. Eight courses in open electives.

Note to RPW students
Because most students who choose RPW also choose theJCo-op program, the pattern of RPW course selection is set up to accommodate their needs. Co-op RPW students are strongly advised to follow a fully-alternating schedule of academic and work terms. (For the details of this alternating schedule, see page 5:3 of this Calendar, as well as the term by term models in the RPW advisory materials available from the English Undergraduate Officer.) Co-op RPW students are also strongly advised not to go off-stream.

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Honours English - Literature or RPW Co-operative Program

The program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Honours English (Co-operative Program) is designed for students who intend to enter careers in business, industry, government, or the communications media. Qualified students will ordinarily be admitted to the program after completion of their first two academic terms at the University of Waterloo and will proceed through the Honours English BA program consisting of six further terms of study on campus and a minimum of four work terms with participating employers in the media, business, government, and industry.

The academic requirements of the Co-operative program are essentially those of the regular Waterloo Honours BA in English (either Literature or RPW). Co-op students must complete, by the start of their 3A term (20 term credits), two term credits in a language other than English (culture courses do not fulfill this requirement) and one term credit in computer science at the university level from any faculty. Students with an interest in doing so are strongly encouraged to take more than one course in computing.

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Honours English - Literature or RPW Applied Studies Co-op

Students may combine an Honours English program (either Literature or RPW) with Applied Studies Co-op. The requirements in English are identical to the Honours requirements listed above. Students must complete, by the start of their 3A term (20 term credits), two term credits in a language other than English (culture courses do not fulfill this requirement), and one term credit in computer science at the university level from any faculty. Students with an interest in doing so are strongly encouraged to take more than one course in computing. See Applied Studies requiements.

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English Joint Honours Program - Literature

Eligibility for graduation in the Joint Honours English program includes fulfillment of the requirements listed below.

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 44 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative average in English courses of at least 75%.
  2. At least 16 term courses must be in English, including:
  3. two other English major term courses.

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English Joint Honours Program - Rhetoric and Professional Writing

The Joint Honours English Program with Option in Rhetoric and Professional Writing is intended for students who wish to pursue their Intensive Study areas very comprehensively. Students must complete 44 term courses, with an average of at least 75% in English courses.

English requirements (16 courses)
  1. Year One (two term courses): two courses chosen from among 102A, 102B, 103A, 103B, 105A, 105B, 107, 108A-N, 190;
  2. Literature (six term courses): 200A/B; 251A/B; one course from among the North American sequences; one course from among the 310, 330, 350, 362/363, 410, 430, 451, 460 sequences;
  3. 200-level Writing (one term course): one of 210E or 210F;
  4. Discipline Core (five term courses): all of 292, 306A, 309C, 409 (1.0);
  5. RPW Electives (two term courses): choose from among the 305 courses, other 306 courses, other 309 courses, 335, 336, 392A, 392B, 481/482/492 senior seminars, 495A/B when devoted to projects in linguistics, rhetoric, professional writing, or communication (clear RPW elective choices with English advisor);

Non-English requirements (28 courses)
  1. 14-16 courses in the Joint Honours discipline;
  2. CS 100 or equivalent;
  3. Two courses in a language other than English (Arts Group Aii - culture courses will not fulfill this requirement);
  4. Four courses in social sciences (Arts Group B);
  5. Five to seven courses in open electives.

See note to RPW students above.

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Minor Program for Students in Other Disciplines

Ten term courses in English are required, as follows:

  1. 200A/B (Survey of British Literature);
  2. 251A/B (Practice and Theory of Criticism);
  3. Two English Major term courses, numbered 300 or above;
  4. Four other English Major term courses.

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Notes For All Programs

  1. Students may use only two English term courses at the 100-level to fulfill the minimum English requirements. Some English courses do not fulfill the English Major requirements for a degree in English (see English Undergraduate Course Descriptions). Students not in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing option may take for English Major credit ENGL 335 and 336 and a maximum of two other writing courses at the 200- and 300-levels.
  2. Students who have taken ENGL 101 in 1980/81 or earlier will not be required to take ENGL 200A/B. IfJtaken, it will not count as an English Major credit.
  3. ENGL 200A, 200B, 251A, 251B are strongly recommended for second year.

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