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Build a foundation in diverse literary forms, from Shakespeare to popular culture. Hone critical analysis skills and the ability to write organized, sustained, and well-reasoned arguments. Develop your own creative writing style.

This certificate allows you to tailor your studies to your own literary interests and aspirations.

Note: Effective Fall 2020, the Certificate in English Literature and Popular Culture has been revised. Students who were formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2020, must complete the curriculum requirements that were in effect at the time of their registration. For curriculum details, please refer to the archived calendar for your year of registration.  


What Will You Learn?

You will acquire a strong knowledge in historic and contemporary literature and culture. This will prove useful in experiencing, analyzing, and creating literary and cultural works.

The one required course explores how different forms of literature shapes our world. You can then choose five electives from the Literature/Entertainment Stream or the Reading/Writing Culture Stream to explore your specific areas of interest, including:

  • Pop literature: young adult fiction, pop songs, and graphic novels
  • Fairy tales, folklore, and fantasies
  • Science fiction
  • Gothic horror
  • Visual cultures: photography, painting, and film
  • Shakespeare and theatrical performance
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction
  • Writing as a cultural act
  • Creative writing
  • Memoirs and autobiography
  • Literature on love, sex, and gender
  • Persuasion and rhetoric
  • Narrative in a digital age

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in the Certificate in English Literature and Popular Culture if you:

  • are already employed or seeking jobs in fields that require creative knowledge and writing skills (for example, publishing, public relations, advertising, government, film, or digital communications).
  • have already completed some college- or university-level studies and now want to further develop your knowledge in areas such as literature, cultural studies, rhetoric, entertainment studies, creative writing, and critical thinking. This group includes students who intend to apply to a BEd or MEd program with English as a Teachable Subject.
  • want to enhance your communication skills to become a more engaged and active citizen.
  • have an intellectual or artistic curiosity to explore the worlds of literature and cultural studies, either for the pleasure of learning or to set a foundation for future undergraduate and graduate studies.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Learn from instructors who are passionate about literature and creativity. Many of our instructors are members of faculty in Ryerson University’s Department of English and have expertise in a wide range of approaches to cultural expression.


Industry and Careers

This certificate has an academic focus. It is comprised of degree-credit courses that will introduce you to the creation and analysis of English works of fiction and non-fiction, and will help you develop undergraduate-level writing and critical thinking skills.

You may potentially transfer these courses towards an undergraduate degree program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Recommended Course Sequence

Suggested Elective Groupings (a total of 5 selections from either of the following groupings)
You may choose to focus on a specific area to achieve your individual goals. The electives may be grouped as follows:

Literature and Entertainment Stream: CENG 112, CENG 222, CENG 503, CENG510, CENG 706
Reading/Writing Culture Stream: CENG 200, CENG 208, CENG 230CENG 505, CENG 511, CENG 610

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

Awards and Financial Aid




Contact Us

Questions? Contact Bill Emery, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  bemery@ryerson.ca

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