Department of English


Welcome to the Department of English

We offer students the opportunity to study the properties and powers of language—the fundamental means by which we communicate our values, our ideals and vision.

English is not just about the rhetorical and creative aspects of literature. It’s about examining history, culture, psychology, sociology, philosophy and the human condition to determine what a text means in the context of when and where it was written, and how it relates to us today. Courses in the fundamentals of the three main literary genres, poetry, prose and drama, prepare students for the close study of major works and periods of literature from the British, American, Canadian and Post-Colonial traditions. In addition, the Department offers a variety of special courses in Rhetoric, the history of language, literary theory, gender, children’s literature and creative writing. At the senior level, there are more intensive courses concentrating on specific topics such as particular authors. These are conducted in small seminar classes which stimulate open and intensive discussion between students and instructor.

Department Highlights

Angelica Peters

Angelica Peters Contributes to National Publication of Gender Diversity Data Tracking Report

"One of our philosophies is ‘if you see me, you can be me.’ So, if women can see themselves in a role, they believe they too can fill it. The actions people take on International Women’s Day can help empower that philosophy. It’s a day to create powerful and prosperous change across the world by showcasing these things."

Fifth-year student Angelica Peters is a role model. She began her co-op with The Prosperity Project in August of 2020. This not-for-profit formed to address the pandemic's disproportionate effects on Canadian women, applying an intersectional identity and inclusivity lens to all its work.

The Bride Prize

The Bridge Prize National Short Story Award

Beginning in 2020, and in alternating years for the next decade, the Bridge Prize intends to inspire and motivate the next generation of Canadian literary artists as they transition to careers as professional writers. The Bridge Prize is presented by the School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge.

The next prize will be awarded in 2022

    Top prize: $7,500
    Three additional finalists: $1000
    Each winning author will also receive a $200 gift card courtesy of Munro’s Books.

    Angelica Peters (BA (Co-op) '21) confidently pursued experiences and definitely took some risks in the process

    Shining Graduate Angelica Peters (BA Co-op '21) embraced every opportunity at uLethbridge and learned more than she ever believed possible.

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    The UL50 Golden Jubilee award helped Alexis Kelly (BA '21) worry less about money and focus more on the uLethbridge experience

    Alexis Kelly (BA '21) was selected to win a $10,000 award based on her high school academic performance and the strength of her personal essay. This funding helped her worry less about paying …

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    Congratulations to the Class of 2021 from the Faculty of Arts & Science

    Congratulations to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours and can't wait to see what you do next. We are so proud of …

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    Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

    Career Bridge


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    You have a bright future — experience it via Career Bridge at uLethbridge!

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