Program Information

School: Cape Breton University
Faculty: School of Arts and Social Sciences
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: English Language and Literature, General
Description: Students studying English at CBU can select from a wide range of courses that study topics from historical literary periods to contemporary cultural forms such as science-fiction/fantasy and film, to creative writing. First-year courses blend the teaching of writing skills with the analysis of texts that range from poetry, novels and plays to films, graphic novels and song lyrics, while upper-year courses offer more expansive explorations of these topics. Through the study of literature, you’ll travel through space and time in the works of science fiction, visit the magical worlds of Celtic mythology and fantasy, experience what people read while real knights fought in battles, or walk through the streets of Renaissance London by way of Shakespeare. The department offers an extensive range of courses in dramatic literature, as many students also work towards a minor in Drama, or obtain a certificate in Theatre Arts.

The study of literature gives students unique insights into human experience and its imaginative expression. English students learn effective writing and research skills and strengthen their analytical abilities by thinking critically not just about written texts, but about the wider cultural and historical issues embodied in literary works. In addition, CBU’s English Student Society provides students with an opportunity to combine learning with social networking out of the classroom.

URL: English (BACS) at Cape Breton University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,024

This cost estimate is based on students taking five full-year undergraduate-level courses.

Careers: Managers in Publishing,Editors

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have English 12 (academic or advanced) and 4 additional Grade 12 academic or advanced level courses, with a minimum overall average of 65%.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Cape Breton University has strong relationships with several english language partners including, International Centre EAP, English School of Canada (ESC), EC English Language School and ILAC. If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentation to show that CBU’s English language proficiency requirements have been met. If you have completed at least two years in a secondary school (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation, however, is needed. If you have completed at least 30 credit hours (or equivalent) at a post-secondary institution (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation is required.