Bachelor of Arts

English (Honours)

Explore a world of stories, perspectives, and cultures. This program is for students who want to research and prepare an English honours thesis.

Get a broad overview in literature, Bible, and theology while diving into specialized academic research. Benefit from one-on-one faculty supervision as you research. Enjoy small classes that allow for rich discussion and feedback that helps you grow as a writer, reader, and thinker.

Briercrest’s BA English (Honours) is provincially authorized as a university-level degree, making it a perfect first step to a career or to graduate studies. 

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Get grounded in literary studies and theory while engaging with a wide world of stories. Hear from diverse voices: British classics, contemporary Canadian poets, world literature, film studies, graphic novels, and more, always more.

Specialize your study

Experience the process of putting together an honours thesis in English. Carry out supervised research in an area that interests you and present your finished thesis to the academic community.

Julie Wendel ('18)

Studying English at Briercrest introduced me to beauty: the beauty of the written word, the beauty present in our world, and ultimately, the beauty of God. Though most other schools offer English degrees, no other school does it quite like Briercrest

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The BA English (Honours) requires 60 credit hours of English or English-related courses (including at least 24 credit hours at 300-400 level). Like most Briercrest programs the BA English requires 39 credit hours at the 300+ level within the context of a 120 credit hour degree. The BA English (Honours) has been approved by SHEQAB and authorized by the Government of Saskatchewan.


Graduates of the BA English (Honours) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of representative authors and works in literature written in English, as well as their social, cultural, theoretical, and historical contexts;
  • Read a diversity of texts from a variety of interpretive perspectives and demonstrate in both oral and written work the discipline-specific skills necessary to provide a convincing and well-supported analysis of those texts, including the ability to find and apply relevant primary and secondary sources;
  • Interpret literature and apply language in a thoughtful, articulate way in order to examine critically one’s personal beliefs and values and to reflect on the human condition in today’s world;
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge in a specific area of English Literature or produce a creative work that is deemed superior at the baccalaureate level.
Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance
The program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education effective July 1, 2015. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs.

The English (Honours) program allows greater specialization than is possible in the BA. It is designed for students who wish a deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set. Entrance into this program is by application.

Program admission for the BA English (Honours) requires: (a) 60 credit hours of university-level coursework; (b) a minimum GPA of 3.3 in English courses and cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better; and (c) permission of the program coordinator(s). Honours thesis topics are limited by areas served by (a) faculty competency and (b) available resources.

Credit Hours: 120

ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II
ENG 210 British Survey I
ENG 211 British Survey II
ENG 389 Critical Theory
HUM 490 Senior Humanities Seminar
ENG 497 Honours Reading Course or the completion of a 300-400 level course closely related to the content of the student's Honours thesis
ENG 498/499 Honours Thesis (6 credit hours), including an oral defense or public presentation and a library-acceptable copy are required. The Honours thesis must be defended before two faculty members, one of whom (typically the second reader) may be a non-BC faculty member.
Elective courses to reach a minimum of 54 credit hours of required major coursework.

Cognate Requirements: Six (6) credit hours of one ancient or modern language. This requirement is in addition to the major requirements.

A minimum of 33 credit hours must be taken at 300-400 level with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 400- level.

Free electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours).

All BA English (Honours) students must complete field and graduation requirements identical to those in the BA English program.

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.


Brenda Beckman-Long
Brenda Beckman-Long PhD
Associate Professor of English
Rhoda Cairns
Rhoda Cairns PhD
Assistant Professor of English Literature
Calum Macfarlane
Calum Macfarlane PhD
Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Chance Pahl
Chance Pahl PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Matthew Zantingh
Matthew Zantingh PhD
Associate Professor of English
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