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Start a new chapter with an English Literature and Popular Culture certificate

Critical thinking. Problem-solving. Research. Writing. Gain these highly in-demand skills with a Certificate in English Literature and Popular Culture from The Chang School.

Our unique certificate will help you build a foundation in many different literary forms, from Shakespeare to pop culture. Start off your certificate with the required course, which explores how different forms of literature shape our world. Then, you can move on to the wide range of electives offered.

This English certificate offers English literature courses on fairy tales and fantasies, science fiction and gothic horror. Budding romance writers may enjoy our class on the language of love, sex, and gender. Or, learn about how writing factors into history and cultural change with coursework in popular literature and writing as a cultural act. Intrigued about creativity in general? We offer online English literature courses that cover how creativity and writing work within everyday life – and can help you get started as a writer.

You’ll learn how to hone your critical analysis skills, write better, and use your new creative, analytical, and communication skills to enter new fields or advance in your current career.

Already working? You can do all these English literature courses online, and complete your certificate on your own schedule and timeline.

It’s time to level up your career: let’s write the exciting next chapter of your story together.


Who should take this English Literature and Popular Culture certificate?

  • You’re employed or seeking jobs in fields that require creative knowledge and writing skills like publishing, public relations, advertising, government, film, or digital communications
  • You’re interested in exploring degree-credit courses in English literature and popular culture before formally applying to university
  • You’re looking to strengthen your application to a full-time undergraduate degree program
  • You’re a teacher who would like to strengthen your knowledge to help enhance your curriculum

What will you learn while taking the English Literature and Popular Culture certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

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

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course
  • 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

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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