English (BA)

Engage with literature to more deeply understand our culture. Sharpen your communication skills, analytical abilities and creative writing chops so that you can write in more engaging, meaningful and professionally productive ways. This more intimate, small-cohort version of our English program is tightly structured, highly collegial and community engaged, giving you an academic experience like those found at the best small universities.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. 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 faculty and student-led creative writing/literary events.
  • Interested in graduate studies? Showcase your work for the public and the Laurier community by participating in the Academic, Creative and Engaged Research Showcase (ACERS).
  • Have an idea for a new venture? Join the LaunchPad Brantford program for the opportunity to launch your own business.

Check out the English Experience Guide.


2020 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 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UVN
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Students enrolling in Laurier’s English program on the Brantford campus after completing a two- or three-year diploma program may earn up to 6.0 or 7.5 transfer credits (respectively).

Learn more about our college transfer agreement.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology Minor
  • History Minor
  • Media Studies Option
  • Professional Writing Minor
  • Youth and Children's Studies Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • British Literary Tradition I (fall)
  • British Literary Tradition II (winter)
  • Modernity and Contemporary World
  • Choose two courses from:
    • Literature and Crime
    • Literature and Love
    • Reading Fiction
  • 2.0 elective courses

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Creative Writing: Advanced Workshop in Genre
  • Literature of 9/11 and Beyond
  • The Politics of Transgression and Desire

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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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"The English Program at Laurier Brantford provided me with a great deal of variety and in-depth analysis of writers of the past and present, while emphasizing literature’s role in the contemporary world. The small class sizes and personable professors make the program unique, empowering students to examine literature in ways that align with their own interests."

Aryan Arvandi, English graduate

"This program really teaches you how to write well and construct an argument, which are two transferable skills that will serve me well in any endeavour I undertake."

Victoria Hudson-Muir, English graduate

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.

"Simply put – Laurier’s English BA is an intensive, rewarding, and highly acclaimed program for any individual wishing to pursue an inspiring life. The classes are small in size and facilitated by hands-on, expert professors who care about success for each student. I would highly recommend it!"

Asia McKay, English graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.