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Literary and Cultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-LITCU Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This major explores the making and circulation of meaning within a culture. You will focus on the construction of cultural values and the ways in which they are articulated through social and creative practice. 

Literary and Cultural Studies explores a number of media, including novels, advertisements, newspapers, photographs, paintings, film, fashion, popular music, social space and social media and how these encode and reflect the cultural conditions. By learning how to interpret encodings you can understand past and present culture.

This major suits students who are interested in literature, popular culture and how society came to be the way it is today.

TheLiterary and Cultural Studies major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Arts Administrator
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Writer
  • Conservator
  • Editor

You may find additional opportunities in:

  • Publishing
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism

Possible careers

Freelance Writer

If you wish to become a freelance writer we recommend complementing your Literary and Cultural Studies major with a major in:


Below are a list of majors that will complement your Literary and Cultural Studies major if you wish to become a teacher:

Note: You will need to complete either a double degree with Secondary Education or a one-year Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) after the completion of your Bachelor of Arts to become a qualified teacher.


If you wish to become an author, we recommend complementing Literary and Cultural studies with one of:

Why Literary and Cultural Studies?

  • You will acquire a broader and deeper understanding of cultural products and the dynamics of culture.
  • You will gain communication, research, analytical and critical thinking skills useful in many careers and industries.
  • You will be taught by friendly, knowledgeable staff and join a network of successful graduates.