Bachelor of Arts

Three years full-time / Six years part-time

A Bachelor of Arts degree provides a rare chance for you to explore your passions, interests and ambitions. Both rigourous and rewarding, the Bachelor of Arts is well renowned as the go-to program for those wanting to challenge assumptions, discover new cultures, or scratch beneath the surface of our own society to encounter fresh ideas. Students who complete this degree will be well suited to meet the challenges of the modern 21st-century workplace, where specialisation, creativity, logic and critical argument come to the fore. Offering a myriad of choices across more than 45 subject areas, very few ‘Arts degrees’ are quite the same. Students are encouraged to tailor their studies to suit their interests, with the chance to incorporate up to two majors in their degree.

With hundreds of course combinations on offer there is no single formula for the degree: you can make it whatever you want it to be. Whether you wish to learn a new language, study the great works of literature or uncover archaeological remains, our courses will stretch and challenge you to think differently.

By undertaking our Bachelor of Arts degree, you’ll be guided by the expertise of an internationally respected group of educators. With arts and humanities at the University of Sydney consistently recognised as among the top 25 universities globally in academic rankings, our Bachelor of Arts program is both highly regarded and well supported by research leaders.

As a degree with a global outlook, our students are encouraged to take advantage of extensive exchange opportunities with foreign universities. Our courses are structured to facilitate viable exchange options in most semesters after the first year, helping many of our students to see the world and immerse themselves in a new culture.

No other university can offer the same breadth or depth of inquiry in their subjects as those offered in our degree. Greater concentration and specialisation enables our students to study at the highest standard. Moreover, a number of our majors present students with the possibility to undertake structured internship placements, enabling them to widen their networks and gain invaluable work experience before graduation.

A Bachelor of Arts degree will hone your critical thinking skills to help you become an independent thinker, able to form and articulate judgements based on argument and evidence. Accordingly, our graduates are in high demand from a broad range of employers, with career options as varied as the degree itself. Our alumni are invariably known for their ability to think outside the box, communicate effectively, research diligently, and synthesise complex information to reach their goals.

Majors available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
 Majors available in other faculties to Arts and Social Sciences students

BACHELOR OF ARTS SAMPLE DEGREE STRUCTURE

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Each box represents one 6 credit point unit of study. This diagram is a sample structure only, and is based on a standard full-time progression over 3 years.

Units of study and semester offerings are subject to change.