Overview

The flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to pursue your interests and career aspirations across a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including languages, arts, history, philosophy and business. In whichever area you choose to study, you will develop transferable skills and in-depth knowledge, and gain the tools to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct independent research.

Program Code

3409

UAC Code

422000

CRICOS Code

001916C

Total units of credit (UOC)

144

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

772

Majors

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Humanities
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indonesian Studies
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Culture and Technology
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Degree Structure

The basic requirements for the degree are:

Single Mode (144 UOC) made up of:

  1. A home major stream (60 UOC)
  2. At least a minor stream (24 UOC)
  3. Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (24 UOC)
  4. Free Electives (24 UOC)
  5. General Education (12 UOC)
Degree Handbook

Double degree options

This degree can be combined with Advanced Mathematics (Hons), Advanced Science (Hons), Art Theory, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, Education (Secondary), Engineering (Hons), Environmental Management, Fine Arts, Law, Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine, Music, Science, Social Work (Hons), Media (Communication & Journalism), Media (PR & Advertising), Media (Screen & Sound Production).

Career Opportunities

  • Advocacy and campaign strategist
  • Business consultant
  • International affairs specialist
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Museum and gallery curator

Vocational placements

As a student in Arts & Social Sciences you have the option to enrol in a degree credit internship course.

Our internship program provides an exciting opportunity for arts students to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Overseas exchange program

You don't have to choose between overseas travel and study - you can do both! Spend a term overseas at a partner university and receive credit towards your Bachelor of Arts degree at UNSW. UNSW has over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries.

Honours

A year-long honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Arts.

Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised research, to further develop analytical skills and expand your graduate options.

Entry requirements

2019 Lowest ATAR 1

72.00

2019 Lowest Selection Rank 2

80.00

2020 Guaranteed Entry 3

80.00

2019 A levels 4

13

2019 IB Diploma 5

29

2019 QLD OP 6

10

1. 2019 Lowest ATAR

The 2019 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

2. 2019 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2019 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019.

3. 2020 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

4. 2019 A levels

The 2019 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

5. 2019 IB Diploma

The 2019 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

6. 2019 QLD OP

QLD OP is an indication of the OP you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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Fees

Indicative First Year Fee

$6,684*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 1

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included.

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