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Program Requirements

When planning your course of study, remember that for purposes of meeting program requirements, AP/WRIT/EN/HUMA 1700 9.0: Professional Writing: Process and Practice (which is a General Education course) will only count as six (6) credits towards the major. The remaining three (3) credits can be used towards your General Education requirements, or used as a Free Choice credit.

Because Professional Writing is an Honours-only program, students must maintain honours status in order to take 3000- or 4000-level courses offered through Professional Writing.

It is strongly recommended that every student start a writing portfolio in the first year of study. This portfolio should contain samples of published written and artistic work, e.g. newspaper or magazine articles, poetry, art work or photographs.

Honours BA BA Program

Professional Writing Program (PRWR) students will take 51 credits in the major, including the following: 1000-level (12 credits)

  • AP/WRIT/EN/HUMA 1700 9.0 (Y) Professional Writing: Process and Practice (note: counts as 6 credits towards the major)
  • AP/PRWR 1007 3.0 (F) Rhetoric
  • three (3) credits chosen from the following:
    • AP/EN 1006 3.0M (W) A Writer's Introduction to Literary Forms
    • AP/WRIT 1300 3.0A (W) Theories of Writing
    • AP/WRIT 1500 3.0M (F) Writing and Computers

2000-level (12 credits)

  • AP/WRIT 2720 6.0 (Y) Prose: Style & Argument
  • AP/WRIT 2300 3.0 (Y) A Writer's Introduction to Research
  • AP/WRIT 2710 3.0 (F) Grammar and Proofreading

3000-level (15 credits)

4000-level (12 credits)


Honours (Double Major) BA BA Program

The Honours PRWR BA program described above may be pursued jointly with any other Honours bachelor's degree program in the Faculty of LA&PS, or with programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health or the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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Honours (Specialized) BA BA Program - ENPR

The Specialized Honours Degree in English and Professional Writing (ENPR) requires 78 credits in the major. The specialized nature of this program lies in the blending of English and Professional Writing into a single degree program that highlights and enhances the relationship between the two fields of study. Such a degree option will provide students with a course of study that is more coherent and viable than an English and Professional Writing double major or major/minor, degrees in which the two fields are treated as separate rather than complementary areas of study.

1000-level (15 credits)

  • AP/WRIT/EN/HUMA 1700 9.0 (Y) Process and Practice (note: counts as 6 credits towards the major)
  • AP/PRWR 1007 3.0 (F) Rhetoric
  • AP/EN 1001 3.0 (F) Introduction to Literary Study
  • AP/EN 1002 3.0 (W) Intertextualities

2000-level (18 credits)

  • AP/WRIT 2720 6.0 (Y) Prose: Style & Argument
  • AP/WRIT 2300 3.0 (Y) Writer's Introduction to Research
  • AP/WRIT 2710 3.0 (F) Grammar and Proofreading
  • six (6) credits from 2000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing

Note: students may complete a maximum of six (6) credits from the 2200 series of AP/EN courses for major credit in English and Professional Writing.

3000- and 4000-level (18-24 credits)

  • PRWR stream required courses (15 credits)
  • six (6) credits in 3000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing
  • twelve (12) credits in 4000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing

English Curriculum Area/Category Requirements in the ENPR Program

Students who began this program prior to FW 09/10 will continue to follow the old English curriculum. Students beginning this program as of FW 09/10, must follow the new English Dept. curriculum.

Under the old curriculum (prior to FW 09/10), all English courses (above the 1000 level) were placed in seven areas. Please consult the English Department's calendar for a listing of courses by area. Students following the old curriculum must complete courses from three of the areas (other than area 7) as follows:

  • at least six (6) credits chosen from area 4.1 or 4.2 at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • nine (9) credits chosen from two areas other than areas 4.1, 4.2 or 7, including at least six (6) credits from one of area 1, area 2, area 3, area 4.3, area 5 or area 6

Students following the new English curriculum must complete the required number of credits from the new curricular categories as follows:

  • Six (6) credits at the 2000 level from Categories A, B or C
  • Six (6) credits at the 3000 level from Category C - British
  • Six (6) credits at the 4000 level from Categories A or B
  • Six (6) credits at the 4000 level from Category C
Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA BA Programs

The Honours PRWR BA program described above may be linked with any Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of LA&PS. Students must take the 51 required credits in Professional Writing and at least 36 credits in the interdisciplinary program. Courses taken to meet Professional Writing requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the interdisciplinary program. Students in these interdisciplinary programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits in Professional Writing and 6 credits in the interdisciplinary program. For further details about requirements, see the listings for specific Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA programs in the Faculty of LA&PS undergraduate calendar.

Honours (Major/Minor) BA Program

The Honours PRWR BA program described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours minor bachelor's degree program in the Faculties of LA&PS, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts or Health, or combined with a minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. See the listings for specific Honours (Major/Minor) BA programs in the Faculty of LA&PS undergraduate calendar.