Customize your learning experience in our Applied and Professional Studies, Arts and Science, and Education degree programs.
Located within driving distance of Orillia and Barrie, programs include Child and Family Studies, Culture and the Arts, Liberal Arts and teaching options.
Earn a BA (Honours) in Contemporary Studies from Laurier and a BEd from Nipissing as well as practice teach in the Public or Catholic schools near Brantford.
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.
See for yourself why The Globe and Mail ranks Nipissing with “A” grades for Quality of Education and Campus Atmosphere
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."
Topics in Literature: students engage in the study of literature through a particular theme or topic of literary study. Students gain necessary skills for literary analysis, critical thinking and writing at the university level. Consult the Department's website or bulletin board for a detailed list of topic offerings for the upcoming academic year.
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