Literary Studies

Literary Studies at Monash brings together students and staff who share a passion for literature and creative writing. In our program, you will study some of the best-known and most interesting poems, stories, literary non-fiction works and novels of contemporary times and the past.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Literary Studies will enable you to explore the rich canon of contemporary and historical literature from around the world and texts of the digital age, as well as to write your own literary works to a very high standard. Your understanding of literature will provide insight into the narratives expressing the human condition. You will learn to research and write on a variety of challenging topics, to engage with ideas, and to communicate fluently and clearly, in both written and oral form.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Students can choose to follow one of three streams:

International Literatures

International Literatures is a dynamic stream that offers students the opportunity to read and study works of literature from European, Latin American and Asian countries.

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing students compose their own original stories, poems and non-fiction pieces, drawing on the study of literature and its applicability to creative writing.

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Literature in English

In Literature in English, students read and study literary texts written in English, from classics through to contemporary books from Australia, America, the UK and the post-colonial world.

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Study Abroad

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.