Bachelor of Arts (Major: English Literature)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Our Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Literature provides you with the opportunity to become acquainted with some of the most significant works of fiction, poetry and drama written over the past four centuries, plus an introduction to contemporary works written in the English language – from the post-colonial period up until the present day.

  • Why study this degree?

    Here at The University of Notre Dame Australia, our Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Literature is a program designed for aficionados of the written word. Beginning with the age of Shakespeare, this degree will introduce you to the whole span of English Literature through the ages including romantic poetry and the Gothic novel. Moving through the ages, you will then explore current theories of modern theatre, children’s literature, and the challenges faced by Australian authors in the Postcolonial context.

    By studying a wide range of literatures across various cultures, an English Literature Major equips you with the skills to succeed in a variety of professions. Closely examining and interpreting texts, you will simultaneously improve your critical and analytical thinking, as well as learn how to express your thoughts and findings in a clear manner.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE1001 Logos I
    • CORE1002 Logos II
    • CORE1003 Logos III
    • ARTS1000 Academic Writing, Communication and Research

    Year One

    • ENGL1020 The Western Literary Tradition
    • ENGL1040 World Literatures Today

    Years Two and Three

    SIX (6) English Literature courses to be chosen from the following:

    • ENGL1050 Theory and Practice of Modern Theatre
    • ENGL3000 Children’s Literature
    • ENGL3030 Gothic Literature and its Legacy
    • ENGL3060 Australian Theatre
    • ENGL3160 Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Challenge
    • ENGL3310 Classical and Romantic Poetry
    • ENGL3320 The Novel in English
    • ENGL3410 Drama in the Age of Shakespeare
    • ENGL3040 Modernism and the Avant-Garde
    • ENGL3820 Freedom From Oppression: Literature that Changed the World
    • Adaptation Studies
    • ENGL3010 The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory
    • ENGL3008 English Literature Internship

    Plus 12 electives which may form another Major or Minor (undertaken during Years One, Two and/or Three).

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Please note: The availability of these courses and teaching staff 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

    • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 successfully completed subjects; or
    • 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
    • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

    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 following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Publishing
    • Journalism
    • Public relations
    • Research
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: English Literature), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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