What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MacEwan University emphasizes both breadth and depth of study and has been designed for flexibility and customization. You can declare a primary major and a minor, or a primary major and a secondary major, or a primary major and two minors.

English Major

You have a passion for words—writing them, reading them, allowing them to capture your imagination and shape your views. As an English major, you analyze and interpret narrative and poetry, building a sophisticated understanding of these art forms in all of their cultural expressions.

When you major in English, you join a community of learners who confidently express thoughtful, unique perspectives. You assert yourself amicably in a communal forum and work well with others. Conferences, presentations and other events give you the opportunity to share your research and writing and to make connections with literary professionals.

What to expect

In the first two years of the program, you explore the foundations of reading, writing and critical thinking. Classes are a mixture of discussion and lecture, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. This format builds toward interactive, seminar-style classes in your third and fourth years, where you present on topics of your choice to classmates and your professors. These formal sessions give you the opportunity to show your mastery of a specific topic.

As you progress through the program, you learn to produce analysis and opinion that is clear, original and persuasive. You become a confident creator, and sometimes co-creator, of analysis and ideas. Class discussion provides you with perspectives that drive your writing. By the time you enter your fourth year, you have discovered your unique voice, writing insightful and cogent arguments and analysis. You are comfortable presenting your ideas thoughtfully and respectfully to a group of peers.

Courses and requirements

This major is open to students in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses for your major are only one component of the degree requirements you need to graduate. You must complete the courses and requirements outlined in the academic calendar for the year you declare your major/minor or the year you are accepted into an honours program.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,100.00 (11,83,746) per year
Application fee: CAN $110

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

4 January 2022


Faculty of Arts and Science

MacEwan University,

City Centre Campus,


Alberta (AB),

T5J 4S2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: P-TOEFL (paper based) score of 580; PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 56 in each band. Minimum overall band score of 70 and a minimum score of 60 in each band; An O-level, GSCE or IGCSE English Language or Literature course of B (minimum grade)is required.

For international students

Regular admission

Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:

  • ELA 30-1
  • Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D

Mature admission

Applicants must be Canadian applicants, 20 years of age or older, and have been out of full-time high school at least one year by the beginning of the intake term. Applicants must have the following:

  • ELA 30-1 with a minimum grade of 65 percent (or equivalent)

  • Three credits of university-level English, including ENGL 111 from MacEwan University, with a minimum grade of C.

Previous post-secondary

Applicants must have successfully completed the following from a recognized institution:

  • A minimum of 24 university-level credits with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

IELTS–Academic: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 5.5 in each band.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Internet-Based Test (iBT)): Minimum total score of 86 and a minimum score of 21 in each section.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum overall band score of 70 and a minimum score of 60 in each band.

PTE – Academic: Minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 56 in each band.

Cambridge English: Advanced/Proficiency: Minimum overall score of 180 and a minimum score of 165 in each skill.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum overall score of 85 and a minimum score of 80 in GCVR, Listening, and Writing and a 3 in Speaking Test.

Duolingo: Minimum overall band score of 115.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

MacEwan University offers below pathways course for this subject

About MacEwan University

MacEwan provides a friendly student-focused education, where learners get closer to their dream careers.

  • Located in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, Canada
  • 150+ opportunities for research and work experiences
  • Scholarships for international students
  • 83% of graduates find employment, 10% continue studying