Overview

From tales of lovers torn apart by warring families to dystopian worlds saved by teenagers, literature helps us to see who we were, who we are, and who we might want to be.

In USQ’s English Literature major, you will examine a variety of classic and contemporary works, including poetry, prose, drama, film, new media and critical essays. Through studying key texts, students gain knowledge from writers throughout the centuries, from William Shakespeare to Margaret Atwood, including Australian writers such as Bruce Dawe and Christos Tsiolkas.

Studying English Literature provides you with the opportunity to develop valuable, transferable skills in analysis, critical thinking, expression, and communication, and provides career pathways into a range of diverse areas. You will develop a clear and expressive writing style by learning how to relate texts to their cultural and historical contexts. 

English Literature students often combine their studies with other areas such as History, Creative and Critical Writing, Anthropology, Journalism, Law or Education.

Explore USQ's English Literature degrees

English Literature

Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts Major English Literature (Extended)
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Bachelor of Arts Major English Literature
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Major English Literature
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Ipswich
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus:
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Bachelor of General Studies
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Postgraduate
Master of Arts Specialisation Humanities & Communication
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
Research
Doctor of Philosophy
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus:
  • Ipswich
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
Doctor of Professional Studies
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November
Master of Professional Studies (Research)
Mode:
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus:
  • Toowoomba
Start date:
  • February
  • July
  • November

Shakespeare research shakes up teaching methods

USQ researchers have crafted academic careers through the study of Shakespeare’s work and his ongoing legacy to students and the community of today. They’ve been analysing the role of theatre in developing socially engaged communities and have developed innovative teaching resources, to develop critical capabilities in school students by engaging them with Shakespeare.
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