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.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts with majors in Ancient History and Archaeology

This student is concentrating on her passion for the ancient world, particularly ancient Rome. To this end she has chosen complementary majors in Archaeology and Ancient History and units of study focusing on Roman history and culture. She has also taken some units of study in classical languages to help her goal of completing Honours in Ancient History.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ANHS1600
Junior Unit/Table A
Foundations for Ancient Greece
ARHT1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Style and Substance: Introducing Art History
ARCA1000
Junior Unit/Table A
Early Humans: Hunters and Farmers
LATN1600
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Latin 1
24
S2 ANHS1601
Junior Unit/Table A
Foundations for Ancient Rome
RLST1002
Junior Unit/Table A
A History of God, Deities and Demons
ARCA1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Ancient Civilisations
LATN1601
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Latin 2
24
2nd Year S1 ANHS2606
Senior Unit/Table A
The City of Rome: History and Landscape
ANHS2614
Senior Unit/Table A
The Emperor in the Roman World 14-117 AD
ARCA2635
Senior Unit/Table A
Explanation and Theory in Archaeology
LATN2600
Senior Unit/Table A
Intermediate Latin 1
24
S2 ANHS2602
Senior Unit/Table A
Law, Disorder and Ideology in Rome
ANHS2635
Senior Unit/Table A
Augustus and the Roman Revolution
ARCA2602
Senior Unit/Table A
Field Methods
LATN2601 Senior Unit/Table A
Intermediate Latin 2
24
3rd Year S1 ANHS3635
Senior Unit/Table A
Historiography Ancient and Modern
ANHS2610
Senior Unit/Table A
SPQR: The Senate and the People of Rome
ARCA2614
Senior Unit/Table A
Contact and Exchange in South Italy
ARCA2627
Senior Unit/Table A
Vesuvian Cities
24
S2 ANHS3636
Senior Unit/Table A
Hannibal, Carthage and Rome
ANHS3632
Senior Unit/Table A
Livy: Republics Past and Present
ARCA3620
Senior Unit/Table A
Archaeology and Iconography
ARCA2611
Senior Unit/Table A
Ancient Mediterranean Lives
24
            144
        Ancient History Major Archaeology Major  
        Latin units of study Breadth  

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.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in English and International and Comparative Literary Studies

This student was unsure of where their ultimate interest might end up, so studied across a number of disciplines in their first and second semesters before settling on English as a major. In their second year, they have also decided to pick up a second major in International and Comparative Literary Studies (ICLS) to give them a strong interdisciplinary and international focus on literature.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ENGL1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Narratives of Romance and Adventure
AMST1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Global America
PHIL1011
Junior Unit/Table A
Reality, Ethics and Beauty
ANTH1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Cultural Difference: An Introduction
24
S2 ENGL1011
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Film Studies
ARHT1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Modern Times: Art and Film
PHIL1012
Junior Unit/Table A
Introductory Logic
GCST1603
Junior Unit/Table A
Screen Cultures and Gender: Film to Apps
24
2nd Year S1 ENGL2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Imagining America
ICLS2633
Senior Unit/Table A
Cities of the World
ASLT2619
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Gothic
ARHT2657
Senior Unit/Table A
Contemporary Hollywood
24
S2 ENGL2657
Senior Unit/Table A
Myths, Legends and Heroes
ICLS2621
Senior Unit/Table A
Love in Different Languages
ICLS2635
Senior Unit/Table A
Science Fiction: The Future is Now
ICLS2624
Senior Unit/Table A
Great Books 1: The Human Condition
24
3rd Year S1 ENGL2660
Senior Unit/Table A
Reading the Nation: American Literature
ENGL3608
Senior Unit/Table A
 Transpacific American Literature
ENGL2617
Senior Unit/Table A
Postmodernism
ICLS2637
Senior Unit/Table A
Watching Stars: Film and the Star System
24
S2 ENGL3616
Senior Unit/Table A
Reading Contemporary America
ENGL3609
Senior Unit/Table A
Mapping American Literature
ENGL2651
Senior Unit/Table A
Transatlantic Negotiations
ICLS3631
Senior Unit/Table A
What is Literature? Crosscultural Views
24
            144
        ICLS Major    
        English Major Breadth  

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.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in English and Political Economy

This student was unsure of where their ultimate interest might end up, so studied across a number of disciplines in their first and second semesters before settling on English as a major. In their second year, they have also decided to pick up a second major in Political Economy to give them breadth across the humanities and social sciences.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ENGL1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Narratives of Romance and Adventure
AMST1001 Junior Unit/Table A
Global America
ECOP1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Economics as a Social Science
ANTH1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Cultural Difference: An Introduction
24
S2 ENGL1011
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Film Studies
ARHT1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Modern Times: Art and Film
ECOP1003
Junior Unit/Table A
International Economy and Finance
GCST1603
Junior Unit/Table A
Screen Cultures and Gender: Film to Apps
24
2nd Year S1 ENGL2603
Senior Unit/Table A
 Imagining America
ECOP2011
Senior Unit/Table A
Economic Theories of Modern Capitalism
ASLT2619
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Gothic
ARHT2657
Senior Unit/Table A
Contemporary Hollywood
24
S2 ENGL2657
Senior Unit/Table A
Myths, Legends and Heroes
ECOP2612
Senior Unit/Table A
Economic Policy in Global Context
ECOP2613
Senior Unit/Table A
Political Economy of Global Capitalism
ECOP2617
Senior Unit/Table A
Globalisation and Labour
24
3rd Year S1 ENGL2660
Senior Unit/Table A
Reading the Nation: American Literature
ENGL36080
Senior Unit/Table A
 Transpacific American Literature
ENGL2617
Senior Unit/Table A
Postmodernism
ECOP2618
Senior Unit/Table A
Neoliberalism: Theory, Practice, Crisis
24
S2 ENGL3616
Senior Unit/Table A
Reading Contemporary America
ENGL3609
Senior Unit/Table A
Mapping American Literature
ENGL2651
Senior Unit/Table A
Transatlantic Negotiations
ECOP3912
Senior Unit/Table A
Research in Political Economy
24
            144
       

Political Economy

   
        English Major Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Policy and Psychology

This student is interested in pairing a Social Policy major with a second major in Psychology from the Faculty of Science. Their degree also offers them the flexibility to pursue their additional interests in English, Film Studies and American Studies alongside these two majors.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 SCLG1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Sociology 1
ENGL1026
Junior Unit/Table A
Constructing the Fictive Self
ENGL1011
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Film Studies
PSYC1001
Junior Unit/Table B
Psychology 1001
24
S2 SCLG1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Sociology 2
AMST1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Global America
ARHT1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Modern Times: Art and Film
PSYC1002
Junior Unit/Table B
Psychology 1002
24
2nd Year S1 SCPL2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Social Policy
SCLG2604
Senior Unit/Table A
Social Inequality in Australia
PSYC2011
Senior Unit/Table B
Brain and Behaviour
PSYC2012
Senior Unit/Table B
Statistics and Research Methods for Psych
24
S2 SCPL2602
Senior Unit/Table A
The Principles of Social Policy
SCLG2632

Senior Unit/Table A Quantitative Methods
PSYC2013
Senior Unit/Table B
Cognitive and Social Psychology

PSYC2014
Senior Unit/Table B
Personality and Intelligence 1
24
3rd Year S1 SCLG2611
Senior Unit/Table A
Welfare States: A Comparative Analysis
USSC2604
Senior Unit/Table A
Sex, Race & Rock in the USA
PSYC3018
Senior Unit/Table B
Abnormal Psychology
PSYC3017
Senior Unit/Table B
Social Psychology
24
S2 SCPL3604

Senior Unit/Table A Social Policy and Practice
ENGL2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Imagining America
PSYC3020
Senior Unit/Table B
Applications of Psychological Science
PSYC3016
Senior Unit/Table B
Developmental Psychology
24
            144
        Social Policy major Psychology major  
          Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Psychology

This student has chosen to major in Economics and Psychology through their Bachelor of Arts degree. They also have space in their degree to take electives in History, Archaeology and American Studies.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ECMT1010
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Economic Statistics
ECON1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introductory Microeconomicsmics
HSTY1076
Junior Unit/Table A
American History from Lincoln to Obama
PSYC1001
Junior Unit/Table B
Psychology 1001
24
S2 ECMT1020
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Econometrics
ECON1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Introductory Macroeconomics
ARCA1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Ancient Civilisations
PSYC1002
Junior Unit/Table B
Psychology 1002
24
2nd Year S1 ECOS2001
Senior Unit/Table A
Intermediate Microeconomics
AMST2601
Senior Unit/Table A
American Foundations
PSYC2911
Senior Unit/Table B
Brain and Behaviour
PSYC2012
Senior Unit/Table B
Statistics and Research Methods for Psych
24
S2 ECOS2002
Senior Unit/Table A
Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECOS3027
Senior Unit/Table A
Economics of the Family
PSYC2013
Senior Unit/Table B
Cognitive and Social Psychology
PSYC2014
Senior Unit/Table B
Personality and Intelligence 1
24
3rd Year S1 ECOS3017
Senior Unit/Table A
Health Economics
USC2602
Senior Unit/Table A
US Politics: Elections, Presidents, Laws
PSYC3011
Senior Unit/Table B
Learning and Behaviour
PSYC3017
Senior Unit/Table B
Social Psychology
24
S2 ECOS3016
Senior Unit/Table A
Experimental and Behavioural Economics
ECOS3023
Senior Unit/Table A
Personnel Economics
PSYC3014
Senior Unit/Table B
Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC3018
Senior Unit/Table B
Abnormal Psychology
24
            144
        Economics major Psychology major  
          Breadth  

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

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2
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TABLE A JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A OR B
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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.