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The English program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University allows you to work toward a bachelor of arts with a major in English and a minor in another subject area.


We offer education in English literature and creative writing within the framework of a liberal arts degree program.

Grenfell's English program includes key courses that give you a strong understanding of the essential aspects of English literature. The courses also focus on specific areas of English studies, including:

  • Canadian literature
  • Dramatic literature
  • Modern literature
  • Creative writing

Why study English at Grenfell?

If you love to read and write, the English program at Grenfell will expand your creativity, imagination, and critical thinking. There is a particular focus on creative writing and our instructors expose you to different worldviews through literature, allowing you to analyze culture, world events, and your own daily encounters in a new way.

  • Explore both classic and modern literature, from medieval epics to contemporary graphic novels.
  • Better understand the social and cultural conditions of people throughout history.
  • Grasp the changing views and attitudes related to concepts like beauty and truth.
  • Understand the joys and sorrows of others, and make sense of the events that shape us.
  • Learn ways to engage with the world around you and appreciate the diversity of cultural work done by writers in Canada and around the world.
  • Gain solid communication and critical thinking skills.

View a complete list of Grenfell's English program courses

It's personal

At Grenfell, your professors will know you by name. Our low student-instructor ratio ensures that your learning will be personal and relevant. With just over 1,300 students on campus, you’ll make real connections with your classmates and become an important part of the Grenfell community.

Our faculty specializes in a breadth of literary genres from Canadian poetry and Aboriginal literature, to Victorian and American classics. Meet our English program faculty and staff.

Information for first-year students

In addition to the English program requirements, English majors will also complete an eight-course minor in another subject. Minor programs are offered in areas including folklore, geography, and art history.

As a Grenfell student, you can participate in the Student Exchange Program, where you pay Grenfell tuition rates while studying in another NSE member university in Canada or the United States. There are also a variety of awards and scholarships available for students in the English program.


To be accepted to the English program at Grenfell, you must meet the general admission requirements for Memorial University and declare English as your major.

Career opportunities

Graduates of Grenfell's English program are equipped to work in a variety of fields and go on to pursue diverse careers such as:

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Public relations or communications professional
  • Civil servant
  • Novelist or playwright

Learn about other programs in Grenfell's School of Arts and Social Science.


Awards and medals

The Madeline Fowler Prize in English

This prize, valued at $100.00, is in memory of Madeline Fowler, whose love of reading was an inspiration to her children. The prize is normally awarded to a senior student majoring in the BA in English and engaged in full-time studies at Grenfell Campus. The award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid on the recommendation of the program chair of English.

University Medal for Academic Excellence in English

The University Medal for Academic Excellence in English is given in the graduating year to a candidate for the bachelor's degree with a major in English who is recommended by the chair of the English program. The award is made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid.


Click here for a complete list of Grenfell scholarships and bursaries.

Office of Student Recruitment

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Phone: (709) 637-6269
Email: study@grenfell.mun.ca

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