English and Cultural Studies Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study English and Cultural Studies at Curtin

English and Cultural Studies

Undergraduate major

Explore the power of culture and language and examine how societies operate in the past, present and future.

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    English and Cultural Studies Major (BA)
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study English and Cultural Studies at Curtin?

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Specialist pathways

This course can be taken as part of a double degree.



English and Cultural Studies explores how meanings and values are circulated in society through textual forms, cultural conventions and social practices.

If you are interested in cultural texts and social issues; and developing your creative and critical thinking, research and writing skills, this course is for you.

You'll critically analyse contemporary texts, including literature, film, digital and social media, to understand how they encode and reflect cultural traditions.

You'll gain a thorough understanding of how society came to be the way it is today, and how to foster social change for the better.

This major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

What jobs can the English and Cultural Studies Major (BA) lead to?


  • Arts administrator
  • Public relations officer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter / writer
  • Conservator
  • Researcher.


  • Media and communications
  • Education
  • Government.

What you'll learn

  • identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts in English and Cultural Studies.
  • apply the theoretical, logical and methodological processes appropriate to issues that exist or arise in the field English and Cultural Studies- this is key to thinking creatively and generating innovative solutions to questions.
  • access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in English and Cultural Studies.
  • communicate ideas to a range of audiences and in a variety of media and genres.
  • use technologies to access resources, communicate effectively and develop writing and research skills.
  • use disciplinary skills and knowledge to sustain intellectual curiosity in order to enhance learning strategies and support different intellectual and professional roles required by the broader community.
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and apply this to the enhancement of international practices and standards within the discipline.
  • value a range of cultural knowledge and take care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner.
  • work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative and informed research that contributes meaningfully to contemporary culture.

Admission criteria

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Fees & charges

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