English (BA)

Words are among the most enduring and powerful forces in the world. By choosing to study English you will learn to work with words in critical and creative ways, an ability that is essential to many careers.

Acadia’s English program offers more than 40 full- or half-year courses taught by specialists in literary and media studies. Our first-year classes will introduce you to a variety of novels, plays, poems, and essays while providing you with strategies for developing a clear and persuasive writing style. As an upper-year student you will pursue your interests and broaden your experience of literature in courses covering a range of periods, authors, genres, cultures, and critical approaches. There are also several creative writing courses available.

Acadia offers BA and BA honours options, thesis and non-thesis streams, and an award-winning co-operative education program that allows you to integrate your studies with paid work experience. As an English major you will also have the chance to get involved with the Acadia English Society. One of the most active student groups on campus, the English Society hosts activities such as open mic poetry nights and film screenings throughout the year. If you are interested in writing you can contribute to the department's newsletter and our creative arts magazine. As a senior English student you are assigned study carrels and have access to the departmental seminar room and lounge. If you choose to study English at Acadia University you will be selecting a vibrant and friendly program committed to your success.

Be Inspired

Acadia offers small class sizes which improves interaction with your professors and classmates in and beyond the classroom. Our professors are active researchers and writers committed to helping you imagine and create your own future as an engaged citizen.

Future Careers

  • Any career requiring communication skills
  • Creative/technical writing
  • Education
  • Editing/publishing
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Media/entertainment
  • Politics/civil service
  • Public relations/marketing/advertising

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

ENGL 1483 - ENGL 1493
Writing & Reading Critically
LANG xx13
Language other than English
Introductory humanities course
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course

Semester Two

ENGL 1483 - ENGL 1493
Writing & Reading Critically
LANG xx23
Language other than English
Introductory humanities course
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course


Co-op Available: Yes

Honours: Academic and creative writing thesis options available

Get Involved:
Acadia English Society
Voice 4: Acadia's English and Theatre Newsletter
Estuary: Acadia's Creative Arts Magazine
Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference
Authors@Acadia: Visiting authors read from their work
Poetry on Tap: An annual celebration of the spoken and written word


English and Theatre
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 415
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6