Analyse critically, think creatively, communicate effectively
Develop ideas in literary history, literary theory and contemporary critical approaches. Write poetry, fiction and non-fiction under the guidance of published authors.
Why study English?
English at La Trobe brings together distinguished literary critical scholars and award-winning novelists and short-story writers, offering innovative approaches to the study of literary forms, creative writing and reading, literary history, and theoretical questions, and supporting one of Australia's largest undergraduate English cohorts.
English studies enrich and enhance practice and participation in all fields and industries. Core subjects will teach you how to undertake critical analysis and effectively convey arguments and opinions.
Electives let you choose the specialisation that's right for you, whether that be a literary period (from the Renaissance to the present), regional literature (including American, Australian and postcolonial), a specific genre (such as Gothic literature) or a mode of literary creation (including writing fiction and autobiography).
To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2017 Handbook.
Where can English take me?
Studying English is an asset to any career that requires clear communication. That is, all careers.
English prepares you for employment in a range of fields including government and public service, NGOs, business, public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, radio and television, writing, editing, publishing, research, education and arts administration.
Why La Trobe?
- Study within one of Australia's largest undergraduate English cohorts.
- Take accelerated subjects at prominent literary events like the Bendigo and Mildura Writers Festivals.
- Learn from internationally distinguished staff specialising in a range of authors, genres, literary periods and critical questions.
- Choose from an array of specialisations including Australian literature and culture, autobiography and biography, creative writing, critical theory and cultural studies, decolonisation studies, early-19th century studies, feminist theory, humour studies, literature and film adaptation, modernism and postmodernism, science fiction, psychoanalytic studies and modern spirituality.
Further study options
If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, Honours in English awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.
Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.
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How to apply
Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.
Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December.