#1
My secondary schooling days are slowly diminishing and obviously a future option is University. Of all the courses the one that appeals to me the most is a Bachelor Of Arts, specialising in English Literature.

I was just wondering if anyone had done something similar? I'm a bit curious as to the sort of stuff which will be done/read/discussed, etc. Really any advice or discussion about it
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what job are you aiming for after uni?


None, it seems.
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#7
i have a friend doing bach. of arts...
the first time i asked her what degree she was doing, and she told me it was arts, my response was "well... somebody did **** in highschool".
to which she replied " pretty much"

and then we were friends
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I'm really not certain about jobs so I'm following my interests. Journalism is an incredibly popular course and so the required UAI/ATAR is about 97 (thats out of 100 for you non-aussies) but I could end up doing something around that I suppose. I just enjoying discussion and critical analysis of texts, therefore and English Lit degree seemed appropriate.
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I'm really not certain about jobs so I'm following my interests. Journalism is an incredibly popular course and so the required UAI/ATAR is about 97 (thats out of 100 for you non-aussies) but I could end up doing something around that I suppose. I just enjoying discussion and critical analysis of texts, therefore and English Lit degree seemed appropriate.

so... you really don't know what kind of job you're aiming for? kensai's retort wasn't completely wrong, you know. as an english literature major your job choices will be very, very limited.
#11
As I said, preferably something in the English field. Whether that be editorial writing, teaching, journalism, or anything else. I seem to be having very little luck here xD. But thanks all the same to all involved.

This Isn't a case of me taking a course to get myself the right job, it's more taking a course because I believe it'll further my own personal knowledge and stimulate my mind.
#12
You pretty much need to decide on what kind of career you want, and then tailor your degree towards that.


Oh, and be a man and study a real degree, a BSc!
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As I said, preferably something in the English field. Whether that be editorial writing, teaching, journalism, or anything else. I seem to be having very little luck here xD. But thanks all the same to all involved.

This Isn't a case of me taking a course to get myself the right job, it's more taking a course because I believe it'll further my own personal knowledge and stimulate my mind.

yeah and leave you broke and miserable, most likely believe me, I wanted to pursue a career in animation, but it's really better to study something "decent" and pursue your dream career on the side/after uni.
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yeah and leave you broke and miserable, most likely believe me, I wanted to pursue a career in animation, but it's really better to study something "decent" and pursue your dream career on the side/after uni.


you bastard.


That's what my degree is in!
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You pretty much need to decide on what kind of career you want, and then tailor your degree towards that.


Oh, and be a man and study a real degree, a BSc!


Hahah I don't study any sciences or maths, I'm dreadful at the subjects.

Alrighty, shall take that into account Corey, thanks for the help mate.
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yeah and leave you broke and miserable, most likely


which is where all the musicians on this forum are heading already.
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what, animation?


my degree was BSc Computer Animation with Special Effects
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#20
I'm in the same boat. I'm going into my final year of high school and I also want to do a BA majoring in English Literature and also History. I'm not really sure what I want to do for a career so the degree I'm aiming for is purely based on where my interests lie. I have to admit, it's a little disheartening being told my options will be very limited.
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Hahah I don't study any sciences or maths, I'm dreadful at the subjects.

Alrighty, shall take that into account Corey, thanks for the help mate.

do a bach. of natural history illustration. that's where all the money is these days...
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#22
Useless at drawing too =)

Really English, while I'm not spectacular is it, is pretty much the only subject I genuinely progress in.

Ahh, what a fun life ahead.
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you bastard.


That's what my degree is in!

and your degree worked.
cool, site


I'm going to do arts. But, I have also thought of a back-up plan. IT.

SO, I'm going to do music performance and composition. Hopefully i will get a good job out of that, if not I'll try teaching, if not again, I'll do an IT course and pretty much be guaranteed a job.

my advice, do literature. And have a back-up if it all goes horribly awry.

also, just cause you're doing arts doesn't mean you can't have a unit or two of something else mixed in there.
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so... you really don't know what kind of job you're aiming for? kensai's retort wasn't completely wrong, you know. as an english literature major your job choices will be very, very limited.


This isn't as clearcut as it looks. Lots of office-type jobs in decent companies look for English graduates, cause things like close reading and analysis are always useful for this kind of thing. You can get into publicity-based jobs paying a good wage, it's more that English isn't immediately pertinent to a specific career. The intellectual skills you foster, however, are respected by employers in more areas than you'd think. also, as an English graduate you've got the language skills to write a killer CV that turns what appears to be little to no experience into absolutely perfect background for any given job

Of course, it depends as well on the amount of respect that the uni you attend commands (in the UK at least). You'd probably not do too well with an English degree from DeMontfort, which is better for more practical courses, but an English degree from say Oxford/Cambridge/London will be more likely to look good to employers.
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#26
Two of my housemates have BAs in English lit. They seem happy enough
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i have a friend doing bach. of arts...
the first time i asked her what degree she was doing, and she told me it was arts, my response was "well... somebody did **** in highschool".
to which she replied " pretty much"

and then we were friends

Aren't you a psych student?
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#29
I hate it when people talk down to BA students. I could have done almost any course I wanted, but I'm doing arts (well, I've deferred for 6 months) anyway.

Getting a good final grade is no excuse to do the course with the highest entry mark.
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#30
My first year (of a four year course in this country) was two semester

1a introduction to eng lit. We read some stuff (Emma, Handful of Dust, Turn of the Screw, Much ado abou nothing, the homecoming and various poets). We read them and it is basically just an introduction to Analysing texts, reading around them historically etc.

1b: Writing and self. (How the self is developed and examined in literature.) We read, donne, herbert, coleridge, wordsworth, browning, barret browning, grace nichols, walcott. Hamlet, varous beckett plays, Jane Eyre, great gatsby, Orlando, human stain.

Basically involved looking at how the self is examined and created in texts with indepth reference to critical writings.

Next year it's 'ideology and text' and 'writing and text'.

EDIT: Also, don't listen to these people saying that and english degree will 'limit you'. They are talking rubbish. The main benefit of every degree that is not career-specific is the 'transferable skills'. It fosters Analytical thinking, close-reading, research etc etc.

Any normal 'job' is more within your reach with an english degree. The only way that it 'limits you' is if you plan on becoming an engineer or something. Which presumably you don't, if you're doing a degree in ENglish.

EDIT: Also, i don't get a BA, I get an undergraduate MA
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Aren't you a psych student?

yeah?
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yeah?

Do they not award psych degrees as a BA in Australia?
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Do they not award psych degrees as a BA in Australia?

nope. only as B psychology.
you can enter through BA or BSc, but if your major is psychology, then you have to take another year as a B psych. student to get the degree.

at least that's my understanding. you do two majors in BA, so there might be a loop-hole in there somewhere, but not that i know of.
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EDIT: Also, don't listen to these people saying that and english degree will 'limit you'. They are talking rubbish. The main benefit of every degree that is not career-specific is the 'transferable skills'. It fosters Analytical thinking, close-reading, research etc etc.

Any normal 'job' is more within your reach with an english degree. The only way that it 'limits you' is if you plan on becoming an engineer or something. Which presumably you don't, if you're doing a degree in ENglish.

EDIT: Also, i don't get a BA, I get an undergraduate MA


Ahhh, that's definitely nice to hear.

I've been looking at a fair amount of different careers and the skills that you develop doing English seem to be sought after by many different employers. I'm still having a hard time finding a career that really grabs my attention though, oh well, I have lots of time to think on this.