British Studies (BRST)

British Studies (BRST)

Minor Program in British Studies

Contact Email: history@smu.ca or english@smu.ca

Description:

A minor British Studies minor consists of at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in English literature and in History, with a minimum of nine (9) credits hours in History and fifteen (15) credit hours in English. Students should consult each department’s regulations regarding prerequisites.

Description: A cross-disciplinary minor in British Studies provides students with an opportunity to specialize in the literature and history of Britain. This dedicated minor brings together courses covering a wide array of literature and history from the Act of Union in 1707 to the present. The minor covers topics such as nationalism, imperialism, law, popular culture, and the black British experience, as well as the genres of poetry, fiction, film, and drama. Students will be introduced to the range of sources relevant to the study of both British history and literature.

Courses listed below can be taken for credit towards the Minor in British Studies.

HIST 2336: Revolution, Reform and Respectability: Britain 1688-1870
HIST 2397: The Lingering Death of Imperial Britain, 1870-Present
HIST 3300: Popular Music & Culture in Britain since 1850
HIST 3303: Law and Society in Britain 1500-1800
HIST 3470: The British Black Atlantic
HIST 4200: Women’s Rights in Britain, 1500-1925
HIST 4494: UK Politics in Transition
HIST 4567: British Colonization

ENGL 2320: Writing by Women I
ENGL 3410: Early 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 3411: Late 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 3412: Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 3415: The Eighteenth-Century Novel
ENGL 3416: The Romantic Movement
ENGL 3451: British Drama since 1956
ENGL 3460: British Literature, 1900-1945
ENGL 3461: British Literature, 1945-2000
ENGL 3462: Post-1945 Black British Writing
ENGL 3463: Contemporary British Writing
ENGL 3481: The Nineteenth Century British Novel I
ENGL 3482: The Nineteenth Century British Novel II
ENGL 3483: Victorian Poetry and Prose I
ENGL 3484: Victorian Poetry and Prose II
ENGL 3791: Literatures of the Black Atlantic
ENGL 4425: Advanced Studies in 18th-Century and Romantic Literature
ENGL 4485: Victorian Literature—Advanced Study
ENGL 4488: The Post-1945 British Novel

Rationale: This minor has been proposed in the spirit of the Academic Plan to encourage interdisciplinary study at the university. It draws on particular strengths on both departments in British studies. Unlike the existing minors in both departments, the proposed minor will expose students to studies in different methods in two disciplinary traditions. There are already a number of students in both departments taking courses in the area of British studies, and this will formally recognise those studies on their transcripts.