English (BA)

There are stories all around us: stories that inspire, entertain, persuade, even stories that change the world. A story can be 240 characters or 500 pages, and may be made of text, images, or sounds. You might read it in an ad above a subway door or in a graphic novel.

An English degree gives you the skills to understand the stories around you, analyze what gives them their power, and share your own stories in academic and creative forms.

The English program at Laurier in Brantford is small, which means we know our students and care about their success. Our smaller class sizes mean that you get individualized attention and develop a strong relationship with your peers, giving you an environment to thrive in.

Looking ahead to a career in education? Apply to the English with Teaching Option program for a direct pathway into Laurier’s Bachelor of Education!

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the English program:

  • Take a leadership role in the Brantford Campus English Students' Association (ESA), organize events, and mentor incoming students.
  • Participate in creative writing/literary events with authors.
  • Take English courses with community placements in Writer’s Craft classrooms, after-school programs, local theatres, and other venues.
  • Showcase your work for the public and the Laurier community by participating in the Academic, Creative and Engaged Research Showcase (ACERS).

Check out the English Experience and Career Guide.


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term) or May (spring term)    
OUAC codes: UVN (English); UVU (English with Teaching Option); ULL (Sussex Law Pathway)

Program Options and Courses

Pathway to Law

Looking for an international experience? Consider pairing your English (BA) degree with a Law (LLB) degree from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.  
This innovative pathway program allows you to earn two degrees in only six years, gain international insights and experience and combine your passion for communication, persuasion and creativity with your dreams of making a difference in the legal sector.  

Sample First-Year Courses

  • Literature and Love
  • Literature and Crime
  • Reading Fiction

Sample First-Year Elective

  • Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • History Detectives
  • Indigenous Peoples and Media
  • Studying Youth and Children: An Introduction

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Gaming and Narrative Theory

Similar Programs

Teaching Option

Interested in a direct pathway to a Bachelor of Education?

Laurier’s undergraduate Teaching Option consists of 4.0 credits throughout your degree: five core half-credit courses offered through the Faculty of Education, plus three elective half-credit courses from an approved list. 

If you're admitted into and complete this Teaching Option pathway, you'll have earned a guaranteed spot in our Bachelor of Education (BEd) program, provided you meet all the admissions requirements, including:


Community Service-Learning


Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


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"A recent favourite course that I have taken would be Colonialism, Indigeneity and Theory. This course really helped in expanding the genre of books that I read, while also promoting diversity within literature and prompting exciting and open discussions."

Kamali Pope, current English student

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advertising agent
  • copy writer/editor
  • digital communications specialist
  • journalist/reporter
  • lawyer
  • marketing manager
  • project coordinator
  • scriptwriter
  • teacher/ESL instructor
  • technical writer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

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"I enjoy Laurier Brantford’s English classes because they include traditional assignments like essays and non-traditional assignments in their courses. For instance, in The Gothic Novel course, we applied what we learned in the course by selecting a popular culture artifact and discussing how the gothic influenced our chosen object."

Monica Van Ittersum, current English student

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 548.889.8888 or see all contact information.