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English and Cultural Studies

Do you want to leave a good impression on people? Do you want to be able to persuade them to understand your perspective and motivate action? Then, you need to learn how to articulate your thoughts – regardless of whether you’re speaking or writing.

English and Cultural Studies looks at the importance of storytelling to human life and culture. This new program will enhance your ability to empathize with diverse narratives, as well as sculpt your own in ways that influence people and positive change.

ENGLISH AND CULTURAL STUDIES BROCHURE

Stories

Studying English has led our alumni to inspire greatness with their mastery of comprehension, creative and critical thinking and communication. Learn where their unparalleled grasp of linguistics and literature have taken them, and start to imagine what you can achieve when you know how to motivate others to action through persuasive reasoning and empathy-building.

  • The Liberal Arts help you contextualize all these challenges within our past, present and future, which reinforces how we look at the world and how able we will be to change it.
    Natalie Cross
    Double Major in Political Science and English
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  • The practice of medicine is not about cells. It's about human beings and that, above all else, is what the Liberal Arts teaches you to understand.
    Don Melady, BA'81
    Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital
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  • Huron gave me competence academically and socially. My education taught me how to communicate with people from all walks of life, including those in positions of authority.
    Taylor Harris
    From Huron to Cambridge
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HONORS SPECIALIZATION
SPECIALIZATION
MAJOR
MINOR
English For Teachers

Do you dream about inspiring a love of English culture and literature in the next generation of Leaders with Heart? If you’re considering becoming a teacher who is able to support their students to think critically, produce creative arguments and recognize the relevance of thematic patterns that may form the basis of potent arguments, explore your potential to change lives with the power of transformational narratives.

Learn more about the English for Teachers minor.

CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Study literature with a focus on those works generally produced after World War I. Look at how contemporary literature re-imagines history, genre and identity, and draw comparisons and connections to the ways we currently analyze and depict our circumstances. Learn to sharpen and raise your voice to tell your own story in ways that inspire understanding, relationship-building and the achievement of your personal and professional goals.

Pair this minor with another focus in the Liberal Arts; theology or Management & Organizational Studies to gain a fulsome set of skills that will prepare you to be a great asset to any team or industry.

Learn more about the Contemporary English Literature Minor. 

ENGLISH AND CULTURAL STUDIES

Study the most valued literature in English alongside cultural works that lie beyond traditionally celebrated authors. Engage with popular culture such as young adult fiction, digital writing, graphic novels, lyrics, comic books, and film.

Take advantage of the opportunity to explore what constitutes “English” literature, as you examine global literatures and narratives in the English language alongside those from the U.K., Ireland, and North America.

Learn more about the following program offerings in English and Cultural Studies:

Honors Specialization

Combined Honors Specialization Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Huron/HBA

Specialization

Major 

Minor

Professors

Our English & Cultural Studies professors are exceptionally passionate about their course material, and they want to share their excitement about storytelling with you. That’s why, this department prioritizes their relationships with students and ensures they are able to nurture talents and interests by providing individualized support. Learn about the educators who will guide you along the journey from timeless literary works through to modern articles and analyzes that speak to the challenges, opportunities and adventures that define humanity and our relationship with the world.

  • I profoundly believe in the value of a radical pedagogy. For me, this kind of teaching means that I seek to go beyond the practice of simply offering my students some kind of knowledge but that I challenge what they have come to understand as knowledge, or what is normal, or natural, or to be expected in the course of their lives.
    Teresa Hubel, PhD
    Professor, English and Cultural Studies
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  • What is the goal of your teaching? ie. My teaching aims to inspire students to confront and actively respond to the critical problems raised in the works I teach while also encouraging them to find creative outputs (e.g. performance, digital design) to express these views.
    Scott Schofield, PhD
    Associate Professor, English & Cultural Studies
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  • Through truly incredible teamwork, our students have entertained thousands of people, but more than that, they’ve helped foster sensitivity and empathy by creating experiences to connect with groups they may have otherwise never interacted with.
    Neil Brooks, PhD
    Assistant Professor English & Cultural Studies
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  • My teaching aims to explore the meaning and purpose of human culture, through a close study of historical and contemporary cultural forms, in both traditional and contemporary media.
    John Vanderheide, PhD
    Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies
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English and Cultural Studies Department

Tenure-stream

Program sessional and per course instructors 

Professors Emeriti

English and Cultural Studies Courses

Storytelling is an ancient art that has helped preserve valuable human narratives that continue to hold significant relevance and meaning – even amidst today’s digitally-focused generation. Narratives of love, loss, struggle and perseverance ring as true for audiences today, as they did when performed under the direction of the Bard and the reign of Elizabeth I. As a student within the English & Cultural Studies program, you will learn to recognize these powerful themes and derive meaning from their analysis that can be applied to support your personal and professional growth.

Huron’s English & Cultural Studies courses are as diverse as they are intriguing and challenging. Choose the topics that most interest you, and prepare to become submersed in a world of inward and outward reflection that will strengthen your understanding of history, culture, and most importantly, what makes us human.

After your first year, you can explore issues such as: reading literature since the digital turn, from heroes to superheroes, African-American social movements, music in culture, women’s literature, film and popular culture, indigenous literature, popular culture and film, creative writing.

2021 - 2022 Courses
CourseInstructorCourse Outline
ENG 1027F – The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to NarrativeBrooks / Vanderheide550 outline / 551 outline
ENG 1027G – The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to NarrativeTBDView course outline
ENG 1028G – The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in NarrativeSchofield / Vanderheide550 outline/ 551 outline
ENG 1042E – Literature and Cultural RepresentationsDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2027F – Literature and FilmVanderheideView course outline
ENG 2091G – Special Topic: Pandemic!: Narratives of Contagion and DiseaseBlanchetteView course description
ENG 2230F – Studies in PoeticsBrooksView course outline
ENG 2265G  – Introduction to TheoryDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2325F – Victorian LiteratureDonaldsonView course outline
ENG 2335G – British Literature Since 1945: Major AuthorsDonaldsonView course outline
ENG 2356G – Special Topic: Indigenous Women’s Resilience: Not Just Missing and MurderedKomorowskiView course outline
ENG 2372F – ShakespeareSchofieldView course outline
ENG 2551G – Special Topic: Climate Change and Environmental Justice in World LiteratureRobinetView course outline
ENG 2695E – Backgrounds & FoundationsSchofieldView course outline
ENG 2824G – Special Topic: “American Dreams, American Nightmares”BrooksView course outline
ENG 3265F – Advanced TheoryVanderheideView course outline
ENG 3333E – Experiential Engagement with Literature and CultureVanderheide / SchofieldView course outline
ENG 3771E  – Genres/Forms/ModesDi PonioView course outline
ENG 4371G – Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish LiteratureVanderheideView course outline
ENG 4871F – Seminar in Literary StudiesDi PonioView course outline
2020 - 2021 Courses
CourseCourse DescriptionInstructorCourse Outline
ENG 1027F – The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to NarrativeView descriptionMiocView course outline
ENG 1028G – The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in NarrativeView descriptionMiocView course outline
ENG 1042E – Literature and Cultural RepresentationsView 550 552Di Ponio/ Blanchette / PearsonView 550 / 552
ENG 2028G  – Topics in Literature and FilmView descriptionMiocView course outline
ENG 2033E  – Children’s LiteratureView descriptionHartleyView course outline
ENG 2228F  – Literary and Cultural Texts: Pre –1700View descriptionDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2229G  – Literary and Cultural Texts: 1700 –1900View descriptionDonaldsonView course outline
ENG 2230F – Studies in PoeticsView descriptionBrooksView course outline
ENG 2265F  – Introduction to TheoryView descriptionSandharView course outline
ENG 2306G  – Renaissance LiteratureView descriptionDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2316F  – Topics in 18th Century LiteratureView descriptionHubelView course outline
ENG 2326F  – Topics in Victorian LiteratureView descriptionDonaldsonView course outline
ENG 2356F – Topics in 20th Century Canadian LiteratureView descriptionKomorowskiView course outline
ENG 2715G  – Women & Literature: Special TopicsView descriptionPearsonView course outline
ENG 2824F  – Special Topics in Cultural StudiesView descriptionMiocView course outline
ENG 3265G  – Advanced TheoryView descriptionPearsonView course outline
ENG 3771E  – Genres/Forms/ModesView descriptionDi PonioView course outline
ENG 3999F  – Creative WritingView descriptionKingView course outline
ENG 4871F  – Seminar in Literary StudiesView descriptionBrooksView course outline
ENG 4881G  – Seminar in Literary StudiesView descriptionHubelView course outline
2019 - 2020 Courses
2018 - 2019 Courses
CourseInstructorCourse Outline
ENG 1027F – The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to NarrativeMioc550 outline551 outline
ENG 1028G – The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in NarrativeDonaldson/Mioc550 outline551 outline
ENG 1042E – Literature and Cultural RepresentationsSchofield/Vanderheide550 outline551 outline
ENG 2028G  – Topics in Literature and FilmDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2229G  – Literary and Cultural Texts: 1700 –1900DonaldsonView course outline
ENG 2230F – Studies in PoeticsBrooksView course outline
ENG 2265F  – Introduction to TheoryDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2335G – British Literature since 1945: Major AuthorsDi PonioView course outline
ENG 2346F – American Coming of Age Novels and Films Since the Second World WarBrooksView course outline
ENG 2361E – World Literature Written in EnglishHubelView course outline
ENG 2372F – ShakespeareSchofieldView course outline 
ENG 2551F – Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip, and Canadian IdentityRobinetView course outline
ENG 2735G – Children’s Culture and LiteratureDiPonioView course outline
ENG 2824G – Heroes and SuperheroesMiocView course outline
ENG 3265G  – Advanced TheoryVanderheideView course outline
ENG 3333E – Experiential Engagement with
Literature and Culture: Forms of Adaptation a Critical Making Course
Vanderheide/ SchofieldView course outline
ENG 4851F – 4th Year Seminar in Literary Studies: Creative Indigeneity: Indigenous Literature, Popular Culture, and Film from the Settler ColoniesHubelView course outline
ENG 4871G – 4th Year Seminar in Literary Studies: Version Control: Process, Variation and Flux in Literary AuthorshipSchofieldView course outline

English and Cultural Studies Careers

The question is not what can you do with an English degree – it’s what can’t you do! Students who take on the challenging subject matter of English & Culture Studies develop a breadth and depth of skills that catalyze their upward momentum in any number of careers, across countless sectors. Whether you want to pursue graduate studies or build brand awareness for a Fortune 500 company, your skills as a writer, researcher and presenter will set you apart and secure your position as a team leader who is looked to for imagination, empathy and motivational communication.

Where will a degree in English & Cultural Studies take you?
  • Copywriter
  • Editor or Editorial assistant
  • Teacher
  • Journalist (digital or traditional)
  • Proofreader
  • Content strategist, manager and producer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Librarian
  • Advertising account executive
  • Lawyer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Marketing communications maven
  • Technical writer and/or editor
  • Web content manager
  • SEO specialist
  • Social media manager
  • Author
  • Corporate communications director
  • Philanthropy/grant writer
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