Studying literature opens up worlds and times beyond our experience, helping us understand and reflect on our own history, culture, society, and identity.
English is a core skill for almost every form of study, career, and daily life.
- Pick from a variety of courses to learn how to analyse texts, write clearly and creatively, debate and critique effectively, and learn how literature adapts to cultural and historical influences.
- Chance to create your own fictional or non-fictional works, from poetry to novels to essays in a variety of different courses.
- Alongside courses on the novel, theatre, and 20th century literature, we also offer courses in fields such as children’s literature, human-animal studies, and popular fiction (including science fiction, horror, and fantasy).
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- One 100-level ENGL course
- One course chosen from these options
- Three 200-level ENGL courses
ENGL201 The Essay and Beyond: Creative Non-Fiction is recommended.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level ENGL courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
Reading, analysing, and critiquing skills are useful in a huge range of occupations, including journalism, law, communications, publications, and even digital spaces. University studies may open the way towards creating your own works and becoming a published author.
Some career pathways could include:
- Digital media and communications
- Publishing and editing
- Advertising and content writing.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in English.
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Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
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