Undergraduate Student Experience

(Looking for Graduate “Life in English”?)

The English Department at Carleton is a warm and vibrant community of students and faculty with interests that range from literary classics to contemporary writing, popular culture, and digital media. While pursuing their studies, our students will get to experience a departmental culture that prioritizes intellectual debate about literature and is dedicated to connection-building between students and between students and faculty. The links below are windows into some of the best student experiences in English on offer anywhere in Canada.


Are you curious about life after English? Find out what some of our alumni have been up to since graduation.

The Co-op Experience Blog

Are you a current or prospective English student interested in the Co-op Program option? Learn what it’s like to do a Co-op placement directly from our student blogger, Alexandra MacKenzie as she documents her eight-month placement.

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In/Words Magazine & Press

Interested in creative writing, editing, and publishing? In/Words Magazine & Press was founded in 2001 by Professor Collett Tracey and a team of her students. It has since evolved into a family of magazines, a chapbook press, and a monthly reading series.


Some Interesting Success Stories

Myth: Not all English students become teachers! Fact: The study of English literature leads to many more career pathways then you might think. Consider some of the following stories from recent grads, whose degrees and interests, cultivated and nurtured in our department, have had interesting outcomes.

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Foreign Exchange Blog

Undergraduate students in English have the opportunity to study abroad by participating in the foreign exchange program. Follow the adventures of recent English graduate, Siobhan Doody, who studied in Lyon, France during year two of her degree.

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Departmental Awards

A number of awards for poetry and essay-writing are awarded annually to undergraduate students.  The winners of the essay contests are chosen from among a pool of exceptional essays submitted by instructors in the Department of English at the end of each academic year.

English Department Blog

In this blog, professors, instructors, and graduate students in Carleton’s English Department share their impressions and report on activities.

“Life in English” Student Bloggers

What is it like to study English at Carleton? Get the complete story, month-by-month, from our student bloggers, past and present.

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English Literature Society

Looking to meet other students who share your passion for literature? The ELS organizes a variety of events throughout the year including readings by Ottawa writers, creative writing workshops, the annual poetry recitathon, theatre nights, and more.


Student Testimonials

If you’re wondering whether an English degree is for you, consider these testimonials from some of our recent grads


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Annual Munro Beattie Lecture

Since 1985, the Department of English has organized this prestigious event, which invites internationally acclaimed authors and scholars to Carleton. Past speakers include: Michael Ondaatje, Elizabeth Hay, Paul Muldoon, Eden Robinson and Christian Bök.

Contact Us!

Curious about the Department? Our Undergraduate Team can answer your questions and put you in touch with current students!