Bachelor of Arts

English - Literature

Previously titled Literary Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A000013 (major)

MN-A000013 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


At Deakin, literature is the door to new understandings of cultures and histories. Our literary studies scholars have international profiles in philosophy, poetry, ecology and Australian literature, and will guide you in critical and creative journeys through great literature from the medieval era to today. There are also many opportunities for your own creative writing and critical analysis.

Career outcomes

You may find employment opportunities in advertising agencies, the education sector, freelance writing, government departments, libraries, market research companies, public relations agencies and publishing companies.


  • To complete a Major sequence in Literary Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Literary Studies select any four (4) units from below, including a minimum of one (1) credit point at level one, and no more than one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions

Complete 3 units from level 2, selected from:

ALL260Australian Literature

ALL202Writing Modern Worlds

ALL228The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire

ALL255Fantasy Literature

ALL256Gender, Sex and Literature

ALW242Poetry: Events in Language

Complete the following 3 units from level 3:

ALL381Nature, Climate, Transformation

ALL375Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics

ALL376Classics and Trash

ALL326Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People