Study a Bachelor of Arts in English at King's
English provides a foundation for reading, analysis and self-expression. It's essential for accurate, precise communication in all walks of life. We are committed to a Christian worldview: if we want to transform the world, we have to begin by transforming the mind. English teaches you how to read circumstances and people, to place the stories of the day in the wider context of culture's greatest stories. It prepares you to read critically and write clearly with the precision of a scalpel and creativity of an artist.
Business, journalism, political service, public relations, teaching—English lays the foundation for jobs in both public and private sectors. As Percy Bysshe Shelley once argued, poets (and, may we add, English majors) are the "unacknowledged legislators of the world." In other words, stories have power.
English Program Highlights
- Appreciate and understand what makes a written text literary and why readers return to great literary works again and again for pleasure and insight into the human condition
- Advance your ability to analyze written text and decipher meaning from stories
- Utilize the power of language to shape and illuminate and learn how it can misshape and obscure if used incorrectly
- Discover literature through the study of story, figures of speech and other conventions brilliantly and extravagantly employed by poets, playwrights and writers of fiction
- Engage with major works in the British and Canadian traditions and see how they intersect with literature from around the world
- Study the development of clear, correct writing skills so you are equipped to communicate effectively
- Foster creative writing skills and share your work with others through publicly distributed student publications
Literati is a student society for all English majors and minors, professors and alumni at King’s. Membership is free and automatic for all English majors and minors. Events include a welcome lunch, end-of-term coffee houses, special guest speakers and others.
Membership entitles you to a copy of the newly launched newsletter—Loosely Literati—that provides information such as literary events, alumni interviews and book reviews! Look for it on the third Tuesday of every month. If you are interested in joining the Loosely Literati team, send us an email at email@example.com.
English Program Options
Available as a major
- 4-year Bachelor of Arts
Available as a concentration
- 3-year Bachelor of Arts
- 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
Available as a minor
Erica Kath, B.A. English '22
I initially chose King’s because I was interested in having classes that were smaller in size and more discussion-based; however, throughout my time here I have learned that the community that flourishes at King’s isn’t simply because the classes are small, but rather because of how the professors and staff create intentional spaces that students feel safe and welcomed in. We journey together, enjoy coffee together, welcome each other, and challenge each other. Professors encourage…
Matthew Zantingh, Professor of Canadian and American Literature
Following graduation from King's in 2008 I was eager to continue learning about literature and culture. I took a year off before going on to complete a Masters and a PhD in English at McMaster University. I am now an Assistant Professor of English at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan where I teach Canadian and American literature. "I found incredible mentors at King's who have been the greatest examples of excellence to me in my career." The example of Christian scholars,…
Brianna Geddert, B.A. English '21
Coming out of high school I had everything planned perfectly. I would live at home, attend the University of Saskatchewan, study pre-med, and eventually work at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Personal health concerns lead to me receiving treatment in Edmonton where I reluctantly agreed to attend King’s Open House. My parents thought that going to school in Edmonton closer to my treatment team would be best, but I wasn’t convinced. Within 10 minutes on campus I knew that…
Rachel Boone, B.A. English ‘21
After visiting King's only once, I knew it was where I wanted to pursue my post-secondary studies. I knew I wanted to attend a university where I would have opportunities to meaningfully engage within the community, and King's has certainly fulfilled that. In my time as a student, I've been involved with the Honduras Water Project, residence events, on-campus clubs, small Bible studies, the student newspaper, and so much more. "I feel incredibly blessed to have been taught not only the "facts" required…
Taylor Noble, B.A. English '18
When I started at King’s I had no idea where I was going to end up; my career path seemed obscure to me. By about my third year I started to contemplate going to law school. This seemed like an excellent option – I could put my English degree to good use and help address real needs in the world, that is, the crisis of access to justice. "The strong writing, editing, and research skills that I honed under my professors’ watch provided me with an invaluable foundation to enter law…