Bachelor of Arts (Major: English Literature)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The English Literature Major allows you to explore the powerful and complex development of literature in a variety of contexts and to investigate writing through the ages in a variety of forms including prose, poetry and drama. The Major offers a balanced approach to a diversity of literature in English, ranging from the works of Shakespeare to Classical and Romantic poetry and the Victorian novel, to children’s literature, Australian and Irish literatures and comparative Indigenous literatures.

  • Why study this major?

    The English Literature Major fosters transferable skills that are in demand by many employers.

    You will be able to analyse complex arguments and ideas in a range of texts and become adept at arguing a point by providing explanation and evidence from thorough research. Multiple viewpoints and theories will be managed effectively as your communication and analytical-thinking skills grow stronger through this Major.

    English Literature is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science
    Bachelor of Communications and Media (second Major and Minors)
    Bachelor of Science (Minor only)

  • Structure of English Literature Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    To complete a Bachelor of Arts with an English Literature Major, you will study 24 courses, eight of which will form the Major. Normally you will take at least one course from your Major in each semester. Most Majors build sequentially in content, theme and skills and work towards the acquisition of advanced skills and knowledge by the completion of your third year of study.

    You may also choose to use eight elective courses to study a Second Major in another discipline or six elective courses to study a Minor in another discipline. Then you’ll have four or six more electives that you can select from any courses in the School of Arts & Sciences, providing you meet the pre-requisites that may apply.

    Plus the Core Curriculum and compulsory Academic Writing courses – that makes 24 courses.

    The English Literature Major includes these requirements:

    Students must complete 200 units of credit, as follows:

    Students complete these TWO courses:

    • ENGL1020 Text and Tradition
    • ENGL1040 World Literatures Today

    Students complete SIX of these courses:

    • ENGL1050 Theory and Practice of Modern Theatre
    • ENGL3000 Literature for Children and Young Adults
    • ENGL3001 Fictions of the Self: Life Writing
    • ENGL3010 The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory
    • ENGL3030 Gothic Literature and its Legacy
    • ENGL3060 Australian Theatre
    • ENGL3100 The Art and Craft of Travel Writing
    • ENGL3160 Australian Literatures
    • ENGL3310 Poetry and Poetics
    • ENGL3320 The Novel in English
    • ENGL3410 Playing Shakespeare: Text and Performance
    • ENGL3510 Comparative Indigenous Literature
    • ENGL3820 Freedom from Oppression: Literature that Changed the World
    • ENGL30008 English Literature Internship
    • COMM2020 Screenwriting
    • COMM3090 Adaptation Studies

    Students may complete this course on approval of the Dean, and if available:

    • ARTS3010 Experience the World I
    • ARTS3020 Experience the World II
    • ARTS3030 Experience the World Study Tour (50 units of credit)

    Details of the program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts are contained in the  Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from this Major will be welcome by many employers. Career opportunities include: editorial assistant, copy writer, content marketing manager, social media manager, researcher, sales manager, administrator, advertising account executive, public relations officer, employment recruiter, publishing assistant, teacher, and writer.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: English Literature), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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