Department of English


Welcome to the Department of English

We offer students the opportunity to study the properties and powers of language—the fundamental means by which we communicate our values, our ideals and vision.

English is not just about the rhetorical and creative aspects of literature. It’s about examining history, culture, psychology, sociology, philosophy and the human condition to determine what a text means in the context of when and where it was written, and how it relates to us today. Courses in the fundamentals of the three main literary genres, poetry, prose and drama, prepare students for the close study of major works and periods of literature from the British, American, Canadian and Post-Colonial traditions. In addition, the Department offers a variety of special courses in Rhetoric, the history of language, literary theory, gender, children’s literature and creative writing. At the senior level, there are more intensive courses concentrating on specific topics such as particular authors. These are conducted in small seminar classes which stimulate open and intensive discussion between students and instructor.

Department Highlights

David Hobbs

Introducing David Hobbs

"I try to teach my students to think of themselves as capital-w Writers, and as a result, support their explorations and experimentations within the parameters of my assignments and beyond their time in my courses. Whether they become teachers or critics, nurses or clerks, they will always be able to write and I want them to write for themselves and in conversation with the writers who, as Audre Lorde put it, ‘make [their] living happen.’" David B Hobbs joined the University of Lethbridge in the midst of a global pandemic as an assistant professor in the Department of English. We asked David a few questions so that we can all get to know him a bit better. Introducing David B Hobbs.

Doing Open Science in COVID-19 times

Dr. Dan O'Donnell (Professor, Department of English) wanted to explore how science training was faring in the pandemic and thanks to a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will be able to continue to do this.

The Bride Prize

The Bridge Prize National Short Story Award

Beginning in 2020, and in alternating years for the next decade, the Bridge Prize intends to inspire and motivate the next generation of Canadian literary artists as they transition to careers as professional writers. The Bridge Prize is presented by the School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge.

The next prize will be awarded in 2022

    Top prize: $7,500
    Three additional finalists: $1000
    Each winning author will also receive a $200 gift card courtesy of Munro’s Books.

    Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

    Career Bridge


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