• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest English
  • Major code ENGL-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The English major at the ANU offers a wide range of courses reflecting the diversity of the discipline of literary studies in English. There are courses in all the main fields of post-medieval British literary studies from the late sixteenth century to the present day, including the Early Modern, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century, Romantic and Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods. There are courses in Australian, US, postcolonial and transnational literatures in English; in literary and cultural theory; in drama, film, new media, and creative writing. English 1000 level-courses introduce students to major genres and modes of writing and to literary-critical practice. English 2000/3000 level courses enable students to broaden and develop their knowledge and enjoyment of literature in a variety of important specialist fields.     



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the English major a student will have:
  • acquired  knowledge of major authors, works, and genres in several important fields of literary studies in English
  • acquired knowledge of the diverse historical and cultural contexts in which English literature has been written and shaped.
  • enhanced capacity to analyze literary texts and their contexts
  • developed skills of critical inquiry, interpretation and evaluation, argument, and written expression
  • knowledge and skills to undertake further study within the discipline
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENGL1013 Reading across Time and Space: Literary Contexts 6
ENGL1014 Close Encounters: How to Read Literature 6

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENGL2083 Foundations of Drama 6
ENGL2115 20th Century American Drama 6
ENGL2108 Modern Australian Drama 6
ENGL2005 Nineteenth Century US Literature 6
ENGL2006 Modern American Fiction 6
ENGL2008 19th and 20th Century Literature 6
ENGL2009 Introduction to Literary Theory 6
ENGL2011 Contemporary Australian Writing 6
ENGL2012 Renaissance Drama 6
ENGL3007 Post-Colonial Literature 6
ENGL2055 Shakespeare and Film 6
ENGL2061 Victorian Literature 6
FILM2066 Australian Cinema: The Kelly Gang to Baz Luhrmann's Australia 6
ENGL2067 Novel into Film 6
ENGL2068 Empire and its Fictions 6
  ENGL 2069: Modern Novel Into Film
ENGL2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction 6
ENGL2076 Creative Writing 6
ENGL2077 Creative Writing 2: Story to Script 6
ENGL2078 Creative Writing 3: Advanced Fiction 6
ENGL2080 Modernist Literature 1890-1940 6
ENGL2081 Australian Crimes: Crime narratives on page, stage and screen 6
ENGL2082 Literature and Human Rights 6
ENGL2084 Poetry in English from Shakespeare to Postmodernism 6
ENGL2085 Strange Home: Rethinking Australian Literature 6
ENGL2101 Modern European Theatre 6
ENGL2115 20th Century American Drama 6
ENGL3005 16th, 17th and 18th Century Literature(H) 6
ENGL3006 European Narrative (English) 6
GEND2016 Writing Lives: Autobiography in Fiction and Memoir 6
GEND2024 Gender in Humanities: Reading Jane Eyre 6
LANG3003 European Narrative 6
LING2104 The History of the English Language 6
LING2020 Structure of English 6
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