Why study English?

The English Major is taught by internationally distinguished staff. Our core subjects develop ideas in literary history, literary theory and contemporary critical approaches, while also providing a focused study of literary genres, periods and regions.

In our subjects, students read a wide range of texts spanning some 500 years of literary history, from Shakespeare to Alexis Wright. They also encounter a variety of literary forms, from the short story to the novel, plays, poetry and memoir. Our students analyse literature in English from around the world, addressing key issues of identity, representation, conflict, desire, authorship and ethics.

Critical and creative practices are often linked in our discipline, with understanding gained through one mode sustaining the other. By delving deeply into texts, students discover some of the complexities of language and the ways in which culture, thought and writing have shaped and continue to shape each other.

They are encouraged to reflect on their own reading habits and to travel beyond the limits of lived experience, extending the capacity for empathy or learning to sit with difference. Reading in this way is a vital means of knowing ourselves as individuals and as part of our wider community.

Career opportunities

Teaching, creative writing, publishing, public relations, radio and television, research, arts administration, advertising, marketing, public service.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

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