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Why English Literary Studies?

A degree in English Literary Studies prepares you for any role in which skills like close reading, clear writing and critical thinking are crucial. Our students develop strong critical literacy in the rapidly evolving literary and cultural landscape of contemporary South Africa. Their interdisciplinary mobility and analytic skills prepare them for a variety of careers in fields such as creative writing, journalism, publishing, research, teaching and academia.

At the same time, literary and cultural studies is also a space for those who might not fit into narrowly vocational degrees or more focused areas of study. As an ‘undisciplined’ space, we offer an inter-disciplinary bridge between various intellectual approaches in the university. We foster a culture in which students feel they can share work in progress and experiment with new ideas and concepts, while being supported as upcoming writers, theorists, cultural archivists and thinkers.