English is the medium of communication, business and entertainment for millions of people around the world. From witty plays and elegant films to pungent protest songs and complex novels, it allows people to formulate and convey their particular vision of the world and their often urgent desire to celebrate or improve it. Students will examine examples of English at work in different circumstances, ranging from poetry to television and the Internet..

Learning Pathways through the English major

The English Major is for students who intend to become secondary English teachers; students who want to work at the intersection of English literature, film, and television; and students who don’t wish to pursue an entire major in either or both English literature and Film and Television studies.  It is therefore a hybrid major, comprised of courses from two main streams of English literature and Film and Television Studies. Because of this structure, it’s important that students take the correct number of courses from each stream.

BA/ B Ed students also need to include the Shakespeare course, ENGL2060 and the Australian literature course, ENGL3100.  BA/B Ed students also need to have completed their English Major before they can move onto their professional year.

Here’s how the Major works and how you should organise your study.

  • Level One Courses:

The compulsory Gateway course is ENGL1500 Contemporary Literature: Reading and Writing. It’s important you complete this in your first year of study as it’s the prerequisite course for advanced level English literature courses (ENGL coded).

You also need to complete one other first year course, again, as soon as possible in your degree. This can be either:

ENGL1800 The Literary Classics, OR

MSTU1001 Introduction to Film and Television Studies is recommended as it’s a prerequisite for any of the Film and Television courses included in the English Major, and it will help you with the capstone course, ENGL3030 Adaptation.  If you don’t complete MSTU1001, you are limiting what you can do at advanced level.

  • Level Two Courses:

There is another compulsory course: the Cornerstone course, WRIT2250 Writing: Grammar, Syntax, and Style. This will help you become proficient writers.

 You then have a choice of courses from the two lists found on the UQ Courses and Program website: one list is oriented towards English literature courses, and the other contains Film and Television courses, one creative writing course, and an Australian Studies course. You choose one or two courses from each list, for a total of three level two course electives. This allows you to follow your particular interests: you might be more into literature or you might prefer film and television.

  • Level Three Courses:

The final compulsory course is the capstone course: ENGL3030 Adaptation: Studies in Transmission Between Cultures and Forms. You also need to take one other third level course to complete your major. Again, you have a choice: either ENGL3100 Australian Literature or ENGL3500 Gender and Textuality.

So with 16 units (i.e. 8 courses), including three compulsory courses, and electives at each level (one at level one, three at level two, and one at level three) you will have completed your English Major.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study Options