Undergraduate study in English

What can you study in English?

By taking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English you can study texts from all over the English-speaking world, and literature from the medieval period up to the present. You can examine the roles texts have played in different cultures and at different periods. You can consider the different ways readers have approached texts, and how gender, race and other aspects of our identities have influenced writers and readers.

You will pay close attention to how texts achieve their effects and develop your skills in critical thinking. There are also opportunities to develop your own writing practice, including creative writing.

Structuring your major in English

You can take a major in English as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in English. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the English major:

  • One course from ENGLISH 213, 214, 265, 310, 340, 353

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

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Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

If you would like to find out more about studying English, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.