English & Creative Writing

At BU’s Department of English & Creative Writing you can study of English literature  in a small, friendly environment.  Study works ranging from Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, Shakespeare’s King Lear, and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness and Gary Schteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.  English at BU boasts close contact with faculty; the inclusion, unusual for an English department, of classical literature; and the opportunity to take courses in creative writing and journalism.

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Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M) Awards 2021-2022 Information Session

AWARD VALUE:  $17,500 for 12 months

 OBJECTIVE:  To support students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies and to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel.

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s level at a Canadian institution with a CGS-M allocation;
  • Have completed, as of December 31 of application year, b/w zero and 12 months of full-time studies in the program for which you are requesting funding;
  • Not have previously held as CGS-M;
  • Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host university, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
  • Submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.

 BU INTERNAL DEADLINE: November 16, 2020  (to submit application for review by the Office of Research Services)


Complete eligibility requirements and CGS-M information can be found on the NSERC website at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp


Tuesday, October 6st, 12:40 – 1:30 PM, Via ZOOM

 RSVP to Valery Agbor by Thursday, October 1st at agborv@brandonu.ca.

 In person option is unavailable, due to Provincial Health Guidelines.

Please note that if no RSVPs are received, the session will be cancelled. Only those who RSVP will be sent a link to the virtual session.


The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers

Employers consistently rate oral and written communication skills as a top job requirement.  The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the U.S. found that student reading levels were higher the more frequently they discussed interpretations of what they read.

IMG_1541Programs of Study

4-year Honours Major
4-year Major
3-year Major
3-year Minor
4-year Minor in Creative Writing
Students who have completed Creative Theses
3-year Minor in Creative Writing

(For more information, please see the most current course calendar).

English students may also be interested in our new BA in Creative Arts degree. For full details see our Creative Arts brochure and website or contact the Dean of Arts Office at 727-9780 or email murray@brandonu.ca.

Questions about the English program may be directed to Dr. Barbara Rose:

Questions about the Creative Writing program may be directed to Prof. Dale Lakevold: Lakevold@Brandonu.ca

English and Creative Writing Events

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