Through the study of a broad range of literary texts and approaches to reading them, the English major sequence familiarises you with literary traditions and contemporary literary cultures. This major sequence will reveal the varied ways in which people have lived, thought, felt and imagined, opening up new worlds of understanding. You will develop vital transferrable skills in effective reading, writing, analysis and interpretation that will equip you for a rewarding career in teaching, journalism, the media, or other professions that require articulate and culturally literate graduates.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • writing and journalism
  • copywriting
  • screenwriting
  • multiplatform storytelling
  • publishing and editing
  • curation
  • academic research
  • teaching and education
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Completion requirements

A student must complete 80 cp of the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 20 cp from 100-level units (Part A)
  2. 40 cp from 200-level units (Part B)
  3. 20 cp from 300-level units (Part C)

*Students in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary and Special Education) must complete 60 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of no more than 2 units at 100-level and at least 2 units at 300-level.

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • ENGL110Reading Literature: Form and Genre10 CP
  • ENGL111Literature Across Time and Space10 CP

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

  • ENGL200Nineteenth-Century Literature: Revolutions in Writing10 CP
  • ENGL202Twentieth-Century Literature10 CP
  • ENGL204American Writing10 CP
  • ENGL205Australian Literature for Children and Young Adults10 CP
  • ENGL210Shakespeare and the Renaissance10 CP
  • ENGL221Cultural Studies10 CP
  • ENGL224Romantic Generations10 CP
  • ENGL231Australian Literature10 CP
  • ENGL232Irish Literature10 CP
  • ENGL234The Literature of Other Worlds: Fantasy and Science Fiction10 CP
  • ENGL235Writing with Style10 CP
  • ENGL236Writing Asia10 CP
  • PERF215On Screen: Movies, TV, Video Games10 CP

    Cross-credited units that count in the English major

  • WRIT200Creative Writing International10 CP

    Cross-credited units that count in the English major

  • WRIT201Emerging Writing10 CP

    Cross-credited units that count in the English major

  • WRIT230Creative Non-Fiction10 CP

    Cross-credited units that count in the English major

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • ENGL331Literary Theory Ways of Reading10 CP


  • ENGL333Global Literary Cultures10 CP
  • ENGL334Reading and Writing the Self10 CP
  • ENGL336Literature in a Digital World10 CP
  • ENGL337Literature and the Environment10 CP
  • ENGL338Adaptation: From Page to Screen10 CP
  • ENGL339Gothic Fiction10 CP
  • HUMA318The Literature and Drama of New York City10 CP
  • HUMA332Arts and Humanities Special Project10 CP

    Restriction requirement for HUMA332. A quota applies to this unit. An application process applies for special projects on offer and academic merit will be considered. The student must have a GPA of at least 5.5 and be undertaking a major taught by the National School of Arts and Humanities (not including Education Studies, Mathematics and Technology). Permission from the National Head of School is required prior to enrolling in this unit.

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