The range of the department's interests is extensive, in terms of both course content and varieties of critical approach. The benefits of its programs reflect this range.
Areas of special strength include: Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Celtic studies; Middle English Studies; Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature; Romanticism; nineteenth-century literature; drama studies; film studies; Australian literature; modern English language studies; and creative writing. Staff participate in the interdisciplinary programs of Australian Studies, Gender Studies, and Performance Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Celtic Studies, and Australian Language Research Centre are all based in or closely related to the department.