Majors

What is a Major?
What majors are available?

What is a "Major"?

A major is an area of specialisation within your course. Upon completion of your selected major you will have a broad understanding of that subject area and the ability to focus on, and carry out further research in that field. The number of majors that you will be able to complete will depend on the undergraduate course that you are enrolled in. The subject area that you choose to major in is indicated on your testamur.

Completion of a major normally constitutes the successful completion of at least 6 senior units of study (36 credit points) within a specified subject area, or from appropriate electives that the department has indicated it wishes to count towards the major by including them in the unit of study table. There are often core units of study that must be completed within a major, and in most instances enrolment into a senior unit of study requires the successful completion of 2 junior units of study as a prerequisite, therefore you will need to take care when choosing your subjects. Please note, from 2014 onwards all majors will require the completion of at least one senior-advanced (3000 level) unit of study. You should consult the unit of study table for your chosen major for further details.

There are two types of majors available to most students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, they are a Table A major which is a requirement, and a Table B major. You will need to check the resolutions of your own course in the Undergraduate Handbook to see how many majors you can do, or are required to do. Useful information and study plans for your course can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/arts/current_students/undergraduate/index.shtml.

A Table A major is a major in a subject area that is taught within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In most courses it is compulsory to complete a Table A major. Available Table A majors are listed at the bottom of this page.

A Table B major comes from a collection of majors available to students within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, but that are taught in other Faculties. Table B majors are also listed at the bottom of this page.

What majors are available?

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a wide range of majors to its students;

Table A Majors Table B Majors
* only available to Bachelor of Economics students
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Environmental Studies
Geography
Geology and Geophysics
History and Philosophy of Science
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
Information Systems
Mathematics
Microbiology
Physics
Plant Science
Statistics
Please refer to the relevant faculty handbooks for further information about these majors.