English Literature, Media, and Writing
Read widely. Think critically. Write creatively.
English Literature Program
The major in English Literature, grounded in literary criticism and theory, develops students’ interpretive and communicative skills.
We offer courses in Indigenous literatures and rhetorics, documentary filmmaking, creative writing, science and health communication, postcolonial studies, children’s literature, detective fiction, environmental communication, women’s writing, critical theory, Gothic literature, Canadian literature, and early modern literature.
The Department organizes various extracurricular events including the Dbaajmawak Indigenous Writers Series featuring renowned authors such as Maria Campbell and Richard Van Camp. The Department’s literary journal Sulphur is edited and published by the English Arts Society.
Rhetoric and Media Studies Program
The program in Rhetoric and Media Studies is based on rhetorical theory, which is the study of how people use language to affect other people and the world around them. It develops students’ abilities to critique and to craft written, oral, and visual texts in various genres of filmmaking, public discourse, professional communication, and literary composition. We offer a rich range of courses for critical study, creative work, and professional practice. Each year, student excellence in filmmaking, professional communication, and creative writing is celebrated through various awards and public events.
Relevant graduate study opportunities at Laurentian:
Professional writing and communication, information management, filmmaking and video production, print and television journalism, creative writing, public relations and media design, non-profit administration and development, education, law and civil service, graduate studies, cultural events programming, management and administration, professional programs, independent business ownership.
Maddie Savage, English Rhetoric and Media
What I love about Laurentian is that not only is the campus beautiful, but it is a good enough size that you can get to know your professors. Laurentian has helped me to evolve into a more independent person as well as gain more knowledge. What I enjoy most about my program is that the classes are usually smaller and some of the courses are workshop based. This allowed me to get to know my professors and feel comfortable asking questions. What is unique about my program is that it is an English program, but it is a combination of rhetoric (an ancient art) and media (which continues to be increasingly relevant). I would recommend Laurentian to anyone that is interested in smaller class sizes. I would also recommend my program to anyone interested in writing, particularly the media and the political aspect of writing.
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