Department of English Undergraduate Program

The Department of English offers the widest array of choice in an undergraduate program in this discipline in Australia, especially coordinated to allow you to pursue your own interests in a carefully graduated manner. With us you may complete a major or minor in English, or a minor in Australian Literature, and if you wish to pursue your interests still further you may proceed to a fourth year of Honours in English Literature or combine your Bachelor of Arts degree with the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Student enquiries about current or future undergraduate study in English should be directed to the department’s undergraduate coordinator ()

Our areas of specialisation include:

Old and Middle English (800-1500, approx.)
Early Modern (1500-1750)
Eighteenth Century and Romantic (1750-1837)
Victorian (1837- 1901)
20th and 21st Century
Australian, American, or British literatures
Literary theory
Global Literatures in English
Cultural, gender, postcolonial and American studies
Film and multimedia
Linguistics and language studies
Creative Writing

Structuring Your Study

Under the new degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2018 (and to students who enrolled in 2017, if they wish to switch to the new curriculum) a Major in English comprises two 1000-level English units, two 2000-level English units, and four 3000-level English units. One of the 3000-level units must be an Interdisciplinary Project unit. A Minor in English comprises two 1000-level English units, two 2000-level English units, and two 3000-level English units. (An Interdisciplinary Project unit is not required for a Minor.)

Under the previous degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2017 or earlier (except for students who enrolled in 2017 and who wish to switch to the new curriculum), a Major in English requires at least six senior (i.e. 2000-level or 3000-level) English units. At least one of these units must be at 3000-level.

Please see below for more detailed information relevant to you, depending on which of the three categories you fall under:

 I am continuing in my current degree I would like to move to the new curriculum
 


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any core units for the new major in English?
There are no core units for the new major in English; however, you need to complete two ENGL first-year units to be proceed into the second year of the English major.

I can’t decide whether I want to do the three-year Bachelor of Arts programme or the four-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies. What is the difference between these two degrees?
If you do the Bachelor of Arts you major in one subject, while in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies you become a specialist in two subject areas by doing two majors. As part of both degrees you will do an interdisciplinary project unit, which allows you to apply your disciplinary knowledge to a cross-disciplinary real-world problem. As part of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can develop these skills further by doing an English project unit in Year 4, where you gain further disciplinary expertise and develop many valuable skills for the job market. But you don’t need to decide right now which degree is the right one for you, if you start in 2018, you can move from the Bachelor of Arts into the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies at any point during your degree.

I am an English major and started my degree in 2017. Can I move into the new Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies?
Please click on ‘How it works andwhat it will mean foryou’ above.

I am an English major and started my degree before 2017. Can I move into the new Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies?
There won’t be any Year 3 or Year 4 units of study available in 2018. If you’re currently in Year 2 or later of a liberal studies award course and are considering any change to your course in 2018, you should contact the New Curriculum Team at to discuss your options.

I am enrolled in the new Bachelor of Arts (3-year programme) majoring in English; can I go on exchange as part of this degree?
Yes, you can. You can study abroad for one or two semesters, either in Year 2 or Year 3 of your degree. Please discuss your plans with the departmental undergraduate advisor ()to make sure that you are still able to meet the degree requirements for your major in English and to get advice on when is the best time for you to go on exchange.

I am enrolled in the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies (4-year programme) majoring in English; can I go on exchange as part of this degree?
Yes, you can. You can study abroad for one or two semesters, either in Year 2 or Year 3 of your degree. Please discuss your plans with the departmental undergraduate advisor () to make sure that you are still able to meet the degree requirements for your major in English and to get advice on when is the best time for you to go on exchange.

I am thinking of doing an Honours degree in English. How does this work under the new degree?
If you want to do an Honours degree, you enrol in the 4-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies and instead of doing Advanced Coursework in Year 4, you will work on your honours thesis, an extended research project on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic from the English department. Please note that if you choose the Honours pathway, you need to complete both of your majors within three years. Please see p. 9 of the Information on planning your degree pathway (Undergraduate student guide PDF) above for the Honours pathway under the new degree.

If you have any further questions, which were not answered in the FAQ section or in the links provided above, please contact the English undergraduate advisor, Dr Isabelle Hesse, at