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Build a foundation in diverse literary forms, from Shakespeare to popular culture. Hone critical analysis skills and the ability to write organized, sustained, and well-reasoned arguments, all while developing your own creative writing style. This certificate allows you to tailor your studies to your own literary interests and dip your toe into the world of academia with degree-credit courses.

Industry and Careers
A wide range of professions and industries require the foundational skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and writing that the study of English literature provides. Those who have acquired these creative, analytical, and communication skills are better able to shift across a changing employment landscape as well as upward within their profession.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals who are interested in exploring degree-credit courses in English literature and popular culture before formally applying to university
  • Individuals who are looking to strengthen their application to a full-time undergraduate degree program
  • Individuals employed or seeking jobs in fields that require creative knowledge and writing skills (for example, publishing, public relations, advertising, government, film, or digital communications).
  • Teachers who wish to strengthen their knowledge to help enhance their curriculum

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Utilize a newfound, strong knowledge in historic and contemporary literature and culture to help you experience, analyze, and create literary and cultural works

The one required course explores how different forms of literature shape our world. You can then choose five electives from the Literature/Entertainment Stream or the Reading/Writing Culture Stream to explore your specific areas of interest, including:

  • Pop literature: young adult fiction, pop songs, and graphic novels
  • Fairy tales, folklore, and fantasies
  • Science fiction
  • Gothic horror
  • Visual cultures: photography, painting, and film
  • Shakespeare and theatrical performance
  • And more!

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required courses
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including English)
    • With a minimum average of 70 percent 


  • Mature student status

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