When you major in English and Writing at the University of Newcastle, you have the option of focusing on literary studies or creative writing – or a combination of the two.
A diverse range of courses explore the general area of English Literature in the context of individual authors, genres, historical periods and themes and aim to equip students with a developed, critical understanding of literary texts in the light of their cultural and historical contexts.
In addition, the major comprises a Creative Writing strand that begins in the first year with the "Creative Reading and Writing". Practice-based and focused on developing the students' own writing competences, this strand continues throughout the degree with the possibility of culminating in Honours.
There are diverse career opportunities available to those studying English and writing at tertiary level.
Students undertaking a combined Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts study English through the English Teaching specialisation for secondary teachers and the English Key Learning Area for intending primary teachers.
The English and writing major is also very relevant for those pursuing careers within the creative industries as it provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills along with an in-depth understanding of writing for a range of different media. Students are encouraged to polish and apply their writing skills for print, theatre, film, broadcasting and online, ensuring creative currency across a scope of contemporary media industries.
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For more information about the Bachelor of Arts program structure, please refer to the handbook.
Meet our student achievers who have studied a major in English and Writing
Ryan did a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and Modern European History from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and a few years later a Master of Science in International Development at the University of Bristol.
He had been working on his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle since 2009, culminating in The Weight of a Human Heart.