English involves the study of texts of all kinds.

Subject overview

You can take courses in reading, writing and thinking about texts written in English, from the classics of English and American literature to exciting imaginative writing across the world today.

You can develop sophisticated reading and writing skills and gain an in-depth knowledge of cultural history. You can also take courses that develop your own creative writing skills and interests.

The University of Auckland was ranked 39th in the world for English language and literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Where can English take you?

English provides excellent training in critical thinking, analytical skills and in organising and expressing your ideas.

Our graduates have careers in the arts, business, communications, local and national government, publishing, teaching and libraries.

Career options with an Arts degree

Explore your study options in English