English Honours


You are passionate about literature, but you want to read more, write more and explore more than you can with an English major.

In the Honours program, you obtain a thorough grounding in the five major periods from the beginning of English literature to the 21st century. Your Honours thesis, which is a self-designed research project, gives you the opportunity to work with a professor who has extensive knowledge on the subject, genre or author that you want to study. This competitive-entry program invites you to explore your literary interests at a deeper level.

Studying language and literature at MacEwan gave me direction and purpose when I had none, opened doors that I never knew existed and instilled me with confidence and skills I never believed I could have.
Justyn Chodzicki, English Honours

Program of study

The Honours degree in English is available to selected students in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses in the discipline are only one component of the requirements you need to graduate. Consult the academic calendar for the year you are accepted into the Honours program for a complete list of requirements.

Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find the courses you need to take and the requirements you must fulfill to complete your program.
Academic Calendar

Apply to the Honours program

Usually, students apply to the Honours program at the end of their second year.

Eligible students are evaluated for acceptance into the program according to a number of criteria. Before you apply, you must meet selection criteria for the Honours degree outlined in the Academic Calendar.


Not all students who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted into the program. Acceptance is based on academic performance, GPA, course experience and the availability of a suitable supervisor.

Because the Honours program is an intensive course of study, involving a significant amount of one-on-one interaction with a faculty supervisor and access to departmental resources, a limited number of students are accepted into the program. Decisions made by the department regarding acceptance to this program are not subject to appeal.

Meet with the Honours Advisor to discuss requirements, course planning, program expectations and potential supervisors.

Honours advising

Consult the Honours Advisor for more information on the selection process and what to expect in the Honours program.

Pam Farvolden, Honours Advisor