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Certificate in
English Literature and Popular Culture

This certificate in designed for students who appreciate the important ways in which English literature and culture enhance the quality of their lives and careers. Designed to allow students to tailor their studies to their own interests and aspirations, the program offers a dynamic grounding in the study of literature, writing, media, and popular culture. Graduates will have a strong knowledge base in contemporary and historical literature and culture that will prove useful in the experience, analysis, and production of cultural works.

Academic Coordinator: Bill Emery, bemery@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, including a credit in English with a minimum grade of 70 percent; or equivalent; or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses (two required courses and four electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CENG 110   English Literature:  Literatures Across Borders
CENG 208   English Literature:  Introduction to Non-Fiction


Elective Streams (select four)

Students select a total of four electives from either stream.

Literature and Entertainment Stream (select a maximum of four)

CENG 112   English Literature:  Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
CENG 222   English Literature:  Fairy Tales and Fantasies
CENG 503   English Literature:  Science Fiction
CENG 510   English Literature:  Gothic Horror
CENG 705   English Literature:  Studies in Visual Cultures
CENG 706   English Literature:  Shakespeare and Performance
CENG 888   English Literature:  Televisual Texts and Contexts


Reading/Writing Culture Stream (select a maximum of four)

CENG 200   English Literature:  Writing as a Cultural Act
CENG 505   English Writing Development:  Creative Writing
CENG 511   English Literature:  The Art of Writing Life
CENG 520   English Literature:  The Language of Persuasion
CENG 610   English Literature:  The Language of Love, Sex and Gender
CENG 720   English Literature:  Persuasion from Plato to Present
CENG 921   English Literature:  Narrative in a Digital Age


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CENG 112   English Literature:  Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
CENG 222   English Literature:  Fairy Tales and Fantasies