Degree Requirements

English & PWPR Specialized Honours BA Requirements

The Specialized Honours Degree in English and Professional Writing (ENPR) requires 78 credits in the major. The specialized nature of this program lies in the blending of English and Professional Writing into a single degree program that highlights and enhances the relationship between the two fields of study. Such a degree option will provide students with a course of study that is more coherent and viable than an English and Professional Writing double major or major/minor, degrees in which the two fields are treated as separate rather than complementary areas of study.

Major credits: students must complete 78 credits in English and professional writing.

(i) Program Core Courses

1000-level (15 credits)

2000-level (21 credits)

Note: students may complete a maximum of six (6) credits from the 2200 series of AP/EN courses for major credit in English and Professional Writing.

3000-level (18 credits)

4000-level (24 credits)

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits outside of the Writing Department and English Department.

(ii) Upper-Year Requirements

For the Professional Writing portion of the ENPR program, students will choose from the Writing Department’s Keystone and Capstone courses. The 3000-level Keystone courses serve as prerequisites for the 4000-level Capstone courses. Therefore, to select from the 4000-level Capstone courses, students must first complete the correlating and prerequisite 3000-level Keystone courses (for example, students will complete WRIT 3001 3.0 before beginning WRIT 4001 6.0).

The experiential Capstone courses build on the theoretical and critical knowledge and practical skills developed throughout the first three years of the Professional Writing Program.

3000-level (18 credits)

  • six (6) credits chosen from:
  • six (6) additional credits in Professional Writing
  • six (6) credits in 3000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing

4000-level (24 credits)

  • Twelve (12) credits chosen from the Writing Department’s current list of experiential capstone courses:
    • AP/WRIT 4001 6.0 Digital Authoring Practicum
    • AP/WRIT 4002 6.0 Periodical Writing and Publishing Practicum
    • AP/WRIT 4003 6.0 Institutional/Business Writing Practicum
    • AP/WRIT 4004 6.0 Book Publishing Practicum **
  • twelve (12) credits in 4000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Note: students may complete a maximum of six (6) credits from AP/EN 3170-3179 courses for major credit in English and Professional Writing

English Course Requirements

Students must conform to the English Department guidelines for choosing courses at each year level. Please refer to the English Department guidelines for this information.

Please also note that that students must achieve a mark of 60 per cent (C) or better in AP/EN 1002 3.00 to continue in the program. This is a programmatic requirement for all English degrees.

Other Degree Requirements

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Out-of-Faculty Courses

Subject to course exclusions, program requirements/restrictions and residency requirements, out-of-Faculty courses may normally count for program credit toward a Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies degree.

The following out-of-Faculty courses will not count for program credit toward a Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies degree in English and professional writing:

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