Which Course Is Right for You?

The course that’s right for you depends on your academic goals and needs. If you’re interested in studying literature, you will want to look at ENGL 146 and ENGL 147 (both of which fulfill the academic writing requirement (AWR)).  If you’re interested in analyzing academic language, you will want to look at ENGL 135 (which also fulfills the AWR).  And if you think you need review, consider ENGL 101. 

If your program requires 3.0 credits of English, you would normally take any two of the courses that fulfill the Academic Writing Requirement; please check with your own department as to its specific program requirements.  If you are unsure which course you may need, you can start by taking the University's voluntary self-placement questionnaire for first-year writing classes. 

Click on the course name in the chart below to see a description.


Course Number Writing Course Literature Course Satisfies AWR
ENGL 101 Yes
ENGL 135 Yes Yes
ENGL 146 Yes

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ENGL 147 Yes

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ENGL 101 (1.5 credits) Fundamentals of Academic Literacy

This credit course will be of particular interest to students

  • who need to spend more time reviewing and practising high school level skills before moving on to the advanced reading, writing, and research skills required to meet the university's Academic Writing Requirement
  • who want extensive practice in university-level reading and writing

Please note that ENGL 101 is a credit course, but it does not fulfill the University's Academic Writing Requirement. Students whose program requires 3.0 units of first-year English should note that they cannot take ENGL 101 once they have received credit for a course that meets the requirement (ENGL 135, 146, 147, ENGR 110).

>> View the Department's ENGL 101 course description.

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ENGL 135 (1.5 credits) Academic Reading and Writing

This course will be of particular interest to students

  • who are ready to undertake university-level reading and writing
  • who want to develop strong reading, writing, and research skills suitable for any program of study
  • who are interested in analyzing academic language and arguments produced for a range of different audiences

This course fulfills the university Academic Writing Requirement. After completing this class successfully, students can enroll in ENGL146 or ENGL147 to complete the total of 3.0 units required by many university programs. (Please check with your own department as to its specific program requirements.)

>> View the Department's ENGL 135 course description.

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ENGL 146 (1.5 credits) Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (AWR)

This course will appeal to you if

  • you’re interested in thinking about what literature can tell us about the world
  • you want a chance to read some exciting fiction, poetry, and drama from our time
  • you want to sharpen your writing and speaking skills while discussing great works of literature
  • you’re considering an English major or minor, or are interested in the Humanities

This course fulfills the University's Academic Writing Requirement. Once you’ve completed this class, enroll in ENGL147 (a literature course) or ENGL 135 (a writing course) to complete the total of 3.0 units required by many university programs. (Please check with your own department as to its specific program requirements.)

>> View the Department's ENGL 146 course description.

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ENGL 147 (1.5 credits) Introduction to Literary Traditions (AWR)

This course will appeal to you if

  • you’re interested in the way we’ve told stories over the centuries
  • you like to think about how literary traditions have been transformed over time
  • you want to sharpen your writing and speaking skills while discussing great works of literature
  • you’re considering an English major or minor, or are interested in the Humanities

This course fulfills the University's Academic Writing Requirement. Once you’ve completed this class, enroll in ENGL146 (a literature course) or ENGL 135 (a writing course) to complete the total of 3.0 units required by many university programs. (Please check with your own department as to its specific program requirements.)

>> View the Department's ENGL 147 Fall course description. or ENGL 147 Spring course description.

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