Literary studies

About literary studies

Literary studies brings together people who are passionate about literature and creative writing. Through core units you’ll be exposed to different cultural and historical contexts. You’ll then have the option to take electives from either literary studies or creative writing.

Why choose literary studies?

You’ll study some of the best-known and most interesting contemporary and historical literature, including novels, poems, short stories and non-fiction. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of literature in cultural, historical and professional contexts, be able to discuss literature informed by an understanding of literary movements, themes, genres and literary theory, and be able to explain how and why literature continues to shape society.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
Extended MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Career options

  • Creative industries
  • Commercial publishing
  • Professional and creative writing
  • Government and cultural policy
  • Arts administration
  • Marketing

Overseas opportunities

As a Monash student you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is studying at a Monash campus abroad, and you'll have Malaysia, India, China or Prato (Italy) to choose from.

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"The teaching staff at Monash not only give you honest opinions and feedback, but also encourage you to go further."

Benazir Mungloo,
Bachelor of Arts student,
Literary studies major.

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