Literature Courses


Meeting your literature requirement

All Bachelor of Education students must present a course in English or French literature, either as a part of their degree requirements, or for the purposes of admission. Below is a list of sample courses offered by the University of Calgary that meet this requirement.

Four-Year students are encouraged to connect with their advisors in Education to ensure that the course they select meets degree requirements.

Concurrent students should connect with co-faculty advisors, too, to ensure that they are meeting their co-degree requirements.

The below is not a wholly comprehensive list: if a course you are hoping to take is not listed below, but you believe that it should meet the literature requirement, please email us at upe@ucalgary.ca for a review.

After-Degree applicants with prior post-secondary education from an Alberta institution can also use the Transfer Alberta site to see if a course transfers as one of the below listed.

Please Note: After multiple reviews, unfortunately, Mount Royal University's GNED series does not meet the literature requirement. Additionally, comics and graphic novel courses are not accepted.


English literature courses

It is your responsibility to check registration requirements and restrictions.

Please Note: The University of Calgary's Department of English updated their courses as of the 2019/2020 academic year, and are now offering ENGL 251 and the ENGL 253 series. Both sets of courses are fine for meeting the Literature requirement. Students who previously took ENGL 201 or ENGL 205 still meet the English Literature requirement. The majority of courses from the suspended ENGL 23X series are also acceptable, but, students who took a 23X are asked to connect with an Education Advisor to confirm applicability.

Common courses utilized at the 200-level: ENGL 203: Introductory Seminar | ENGL 251: Literature and Society | ENGL 253 Series

Taking an English course elsewhere? Check out English's course outlines to get an idea of acceptable content, and ensure to connect with an Education Advisor at upe@ucalgary.ca to confirm acceptability.

Common courses utilized at the 300-level: ENGL 302: Introduction to Contemporary Theory | ENGL 303: Theories for Reading | ENGL 305: Literature Before 1700 | ENGL 307: Literature After 1700 | ENGL 311: Shakespeare and Performance | ENGL 353: Drama - Reading and Analysis | ENGL 372: Canadian Literature | ENGL 376: Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island | ENGL 393: Speculative Fiction I - Science Fiction | ENGL 395: Speculative Fiction II - Fantasy | ENGL 396: Literature for Young People | ENGL 399: Detective Fiction

Taking an English course elsewhere? Check out English's course outlines to get an idea of acceptable content, and ensure to connect with an Education Advisor at upe@ucalgary.ca to confirm acceptability.


French literature courses

It is your responsibility to check registration requirements and restrictions.

Common courses utilized at the 300-level: FREN 339: Concepts littéraires | FREN 353: Histoire littéraire | FREN 399: Langue française, littérature et culture, matières variées

Taking a French course elsewhere? Check out SLLLC's course outlines to get an idea of acceptable content, and ensure to connect with an Education Advisor at upe@ucalgary.ca to confirm acceptability.


Other resources

Looking for further literature course ideas? Check out the below!


Four-Year pathway foundational literature listing

All Four-Year pathway students must complete a course in English or French literature. Utilize our Calendar entry on acceptable courses that fulfill that requirement to select yours!

Four-Year course requirements calendar entry

Community-Based non-Education course suggestions

Utilize our PDFs of 'pre-vetted' course suggestions cultivated for our Four-Year Community-Based students, that include English and French Literature suggestions (scroll down to the section labelled 'Non-Education Course Suggestions').

Four-Year Community-Based Pathway Information

Transfer Credit at UCalgary

Check out how a prior or planned course transfers to the University of Calgary, and double-check acceptability for the literature requirement with the Education Advisors at upe@ucalgary.ca!

Transfer Credit Search


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