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English Studies (BA)


To​pic in Literature courses Fall 2014 Semester
A Celebration Of Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Laurie Kruk and Prof. Lindsey McMaster.
Photographed by Stephanie Fehr
Playing Jeopardy at English Studies Social
photographed by Stephanie Fehr
English Class
English professor, Dr. Rob Breton, teaches his class about 19th century literature and culture with special emphasis on political writing
Playing Jeopardy at English Studies Social
photographed by Stephanie Fehr
Sixth Annual Speaker Series
James Deahl presents on "Allowing Fear: The Poetry of Alden Nowlan"

The English Studies program cultivates advanced communication skills, with the primary object of study being the text – a medium of argument and persuasion, a body of myth, aspirational fantasy, self-delusion, propaganda, and reason. Over the course of your degree, you will study the cultures that are expressed, imagined, defined, and, in some cases, challenged in literature from Beowulf (the Anglo-Saxon dragon-slayer) to present day texts such as Harry Potter. Introductory classes, provide the composition and analytical skills you will need as an English major and are taught through a combination of lecture and small group seminars. Small group discussion is core to the program at every level. You will acquire valuable research and analytical skills through courses focusing on Literary History and Genre, Cultural and Media Studies, and Language and Rhetoric.

Over the course of a degree, we study the culture that is expressed, imagined, defined, and, in some cases, denied in the literatures in English from Beowulf (the Anglo-Saxon dragon-slayer) to the present.

Why study literature (e.g., novels, films, political pamphlets, theatrical performances, graphic arts)? Literature is variously a medium of argument and persuasion, a body of myth, aspirational fantasy, self-delusion, propaganda, and reason. Ours is a study of how and what these texts mean to the culture in which they participate. The skills we develop (hallmarks of the discipline) include critical thinking, clear communication, a sensitivity to nuance of ideas and their presentation, and an empathic imagination.

English Studies is one of the largest programs at Nipissing University; this is a testament to what we do and how well our degree offerings pair with/prepare students for other departments’ offerings; it is also a reflection of how well prepared students are for whatever subsequent career choices they make with an English degree in hand.

Students select courses from three groups: Literary History and Genre Studies; Cultural and Media Studies; and Rhetoric and Language Studies, designing for themselves a comprehensive degree.

​English Studies Essay Prize

This Prize is awarded to the author of the best Fourth-Year Essay, as nominated and selected by ES Faculty.

The Department of English Studies is pleased to award the Sixth Annual Essay Prize (2013-14) to KEVIN TOBIN, FOR

"Foucauldian Control Structures in The Matrix Trilogy: Zion, The Matrix, and the Dilemma of Domination and Subjugation."

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