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Study Literary and Cultural Studies at Curtin

Literary and Cultural Studies

Undergraduate Major


Literary and Cultural Studies Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Explore socio-political issues and discover how society came to be the way it is today.

Study Literary 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.

Literary and Cultural Studies explores the development of cultures and how meanings within them are circulated.

This major suits students who are interested in popular cultural texts, socio-political issues and how society came to be the way it is today.

In this major you will explore the construction of cultural values and how they are creatively and socially articulated.

You will examine various media – novels, advertisements, newspapers, photographs, paintings, film, fashion, popular music, social space and social media – and how these encode and reflect cultural conditions.

By learning how to interpret complex texts, you will gain new ways of understanding and making sense of our world.

The Literary 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 also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • 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.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • 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 Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • apply the theoretical, logical and methodological processes appropriate to issues that exist or arise in the field Literary 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 Literary 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.

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you wish to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-LITCU
  • Last updated on: July 8, 2020