English

About the major

An English major will introduce you to a wide range of literary and cultural works including novels, films, poems, and plays, extending from medieval times to the present day. You will encounter the richness, breadth and depth of the department’s research and teaching culture as you explore some extraordinary and exciting texts.

Areas of specialisation may include:

  • Australian, American, British and World literatures
  • creative writing
  • cultural, gender, postcolonial and transnational studies
  • Old and Middle English (800-1500); Early Modern (1500-1750); Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century; Modern and Contemporary Literatures
  • film, multimedia, linguistics, and language studies
  • literary theory

You will explore questions about genre, form, period and place across a wide range of works in English. You will learn to analyse, explain and appreciate the formal and linguistic features of texts, aspects of their genre and history, and their dynamic role in local and global cultures. You will formulate and pursue meaningful theories of critical analysis, reading communities and literary value.

We offer a broad and dynamic discipline that prepares students for careers in the media, the arts and cultural industries; in public service and in industry; in teaching and academia; in any vocation that demands intellectual flexibility critical thinking, and the ability to communicate. The cultural knowledge and critical skills provided by an English major are not only marketable for a large number of employment opportunities; they also inform your whole life, enabling you to live a life that is rich with possibilities.

Requirements for completion

The English major and minor requirements are listed in the English unit of study table.

Learning outcomes

No. Learning outcome
1 Apply discipline-based expertise to research questions in English engaging a range of aesthetic, cultural, historical, geographical and/or theoretical contexts.
2 Identify, synthesise and apply relevant theoretical approaches, research methods and critical concepts when engaging in evidence-based textual analysis and argument.
3 Express complex ideas and arguments derived from analysing English texts to diverse audiences through critical and/or creative forms of communication.
4 Critically analyse and evaluate primary and secondary texts using a variety of modes and genres of communication.
5 Demonstrate personal integrity and intellectual rigour in addressing local and global challenges and debates through critical and/or creative writing.
6 Exercise ethical practices by working productively with individuals, groups and texts from a variety of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.
7 Combine knowledge specific to the discipline of English with knowledge from other disciplines to communicate productively in interdisciplinary contexts.
8 Create original and insightful interpretations of literary and other texts.

Advanced Coursework

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies through the School of Literature, Art and Media (SLAM) offers students a program tailored to their disciplinary interests. Through units of study and individually designed projects, each student, guided by a disciplinary expert, will engage in advanced seminars that complement their individual research in project units. In SLAM this may be within the study of arts-based practices such as visual art, film, performance and writing, as well as literature, linguistics, or live and digitised media. Each student will be encouraged to develop and apply advanced disciplinary knowledge and methodologies to researching the past, present and future at local, regional and global levels in creative ways. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, students will have the opportunity to apply disciplinary knowledges and methodologies to the legacies of the past, the complexities of the present and possible futures in the areas of communication, literature and art.

Requirements and units of study for advanced coursework can be found on the English advanced coursework units of study page.

Honours

An honours year in English allows you to specialise further in your area of interest. It offers students the opportunity to work independently and creatively in a community of scholars that includes both their peers and the staff of the department. A number of honours graduates each year continue on to postgraduate study in Australia or abroad.

During their honours year, students will write a thesis of 15,000 words, complete three 4000-level seminar units and participate in the mid-year honours conference.

Honours admission requirements

Admission into honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and requires the completion of a major in English with an average of 70 percent or above and completion of a second major.

Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units.

Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the English honours units of study page.

Contacts and further information

Email:
Department website: Department of English
School of Literature, Art and Media

Example pathway

English major pathway

English Major

 

Year 1

Sem 1

Selective: 1000 level unit from the English major table

 

Sem 2

Selective: 1000 level unit from the English major table

 

 

Year 2

Sem 1

Selective: 2000 level unit from the English major table

 

Sem 2

Core: ENGL2674 The Life of Texts

 

 

Year 3

Sem 1

Selective: 3000 level unit from the English major table

Selective: 3000 level unit from the English major table

Sem 2

Selective: 3000 level unit from the English major table

Interdisciplinary Project unit: ENGL3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

 

English minor pathway

Year and Semester  Units of study
Year 1 S1

Selective:1000 level unit from the English major table

  S2 Selective:1000 level unit from the English major table
Year 2 S1 Selective:2000 level unit from the English major table
  S2 Core: ENGL2674 The Life of Texts
Year 3 S1 Selective:3000 level unit from the English major table
  S2 Selective:3000 level unit from the English major table

English advanced coursework pathway

English major and advanced coursework pathway

 

Year 1

Sem 1

Selective: 1000 level unit from the English major table

 

Sem 2

Selective: 1000 level unit from the English major table

 

 

Year 2

Sem 1

Selective: 2000 level unit from the English major table

 

Sem 2

Core: ENGL2674 The Life of Texts

 

 

Year 3

 

Sem 1

Selective: 3000 level unit from the English major table

Selective: 3000 level unit from the English major table

Sem 2

Selective: 3000 level unit from the English major table

Interdisciplinary Project unit: ENGL3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Year 4

Sem 1

Selective: SLAM4004 Working the Arts and Humanities, or CAVA4001 Art Writing and Artists

Project unit: SLAM4001 SLAM Project: Pasts, Presents Futures A

Sem 2

Selective: SLAM4003 Meaning in the Anthropocene

Project unit: SLAM4002 SLAM Project: Pasts, Presents Futures B