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English Major


English prepares students to enter the world of work as a rigorous reader, a compelling writer, an effective speaker, and an engaged, respectful world citizen - all skills employers seek.

Through the breadth and depth of their reading and writing, students develop a high level of transferable English language skills, along with a thorough understanding of human nature.

Why ECU?

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    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students must complete eight (8) units totalling 120 credit points:

Year 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENG1140Discovering Literature15
ENG1060English Grammar for Professionals15
Year 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENG2118Literature and Theory15
ENG2120Popular Texts for Young People15
Year 3
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Select four (4) units from the following six (6), (not all units are available every year):
CCC3106 ^Contemporary Australian Literature15
ENG3140 ^From Fiction to Film15
ENG3160 ^Graphic Novels15
ENG3050 ^Poetry and Passion15
ENG3185 ^Comedy and Tragedy in Drama 15
ENG3190 ^Social Justice and Children's Literature15

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of literary texts.
  2. Communicate knowledge of literature and theory clearly, coherently and with independence.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and scholarship.
  4. Discuss global perspectives with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  5. Think creatively to construct arguments about literary texts.
  6. Think critically to analyse and interpret complex literary and theoretical texts.
  7. Use digital technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

The major successfully prepares the graduate for a diverse range of careers requiring communication skills, critical thinking, and considered analysis.

Possible future job titles

Author, Biographer, Government Adviser, Journalist, Overseas Aid Worker, Politician, Press Secretary, Public Servant, Publicist, Publisher, Community Service Professional, Marketing Manager

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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