Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Our Bachelor of Arts provides an outstanding liberal arts education. It prepares you to meet the challenges of the modern workforce, where expertise, inventiveness, logic and critical thinking come to the fore.

Combining a Bachelor of Arts with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies in this new four-year degree gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, add further breadth to your University qualification by studying subjects from a range of disciplines, and apply your skills and disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems.


You will explore your passions, interests and ambitions as you complete a double major. You can choose both majors from our broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, or select a second major from the University’s shared pool.

In the fourth year of the degree you will undertake advanced coursework and a substantial real-world industry, community, entrepreneurship or research project. As you develop a personal portfolio of expertise and high-level skills you broaden your opportunities and prepare yourself for future success.

Whatever your focus, when you undertake our Bachelor of Arts degree you will 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 20 faculties globally in academic rankings,* our Bachelor of Arts degree is both highly regarded and well supported by research leaders.

As a reflection of our global outlook, you will be encouraged to take advantage of extensive exchange opportunities with leading universities overseas. A number of our majors offer internship placements, enabling you to develop your networks and gain invaluable work experience before graduation.

Streams
The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies can also be taken with streams in:
International and Global Studies
Dalyell Scholars including Languages
Media and Communications
Politics and International Relations

Why study with us?

1. With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world*, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

2. Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability**, preparing you for a global career.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
**QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

Majors

What is a major?

A major is a specialisation in a chosen area of study and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a particular area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The Bachelor of Arts requires that students complete at least one major from the subject areas taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In most cases, a major consists of at least 48 credit points (cp) of units of study (six credit points each) from a single subject area of study. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one major. Units cannot be 'double counted' or 'counted twice'. For example, FRNC2622 may be counted to either a major in French studies or a major in European studies major, but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Most majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (six credit points each). These junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. 1000-level units of study, in most cases, are required to progress on to higher level units.

Further course information

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies allow you to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables you to enhance your skills in a language other than English and your knowledge of other societies and cultures. The Advanced Studies portion of the combined degree allows you to take up an internship opportunity.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Examples depend on majors and include anthropologist, archaeologist, archivist, art historian, business administrator or manager, historian, heritage specialist, foreign affairs and trade officer, government policy officer, information specialist, journalist, museum or gallery curator, language specialist, media and communications officer, editor or publisher, researcher, sociologist.

Further study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising further advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

"Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree need to apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page."

Assumed knowledge

Depends on subjects chosen. For language studies: prior language experience is not required but recommended.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply now’ button on the right-hand side of this course page.