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.

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies 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. Whether you wish to learn a new language or study a new culture, explore great books, ideas or minds, discover the past, analyse the present or consider the shape of the world’s future, this degree will expand your horizons and challenge you to think outside the box.

In your fourth year you will undertake advanced coursework and a community, industry, research or entrepreneurship project that builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Bachelor of Arts. You will also complete a second major, creating a study profile that reflects your expertise in a range of disciplines.

As a Bachelor of Arts student you will have the chance to explore your passions, interests and ambitions. Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, very few ‘arts degrees’ are quite the same. You will be encouraged to tailor your studies to suit your interests, with the chance to incorporate up to two majors in your degree.

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 also present the possibility to undertake internship placements, enabling you to widen your networks and gain invaluable work experience before graduation.

Why study with us?

1. With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 14th 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 Faculty
*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

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

Business administrator or manager
Editor or publisher
Foreign affairs and trade officer
Government policy officer
Language specialist
Museum or gallery curator
Public relations manager

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies equips you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and the critical analytical skills to pursue an extensive range of established and emerging careers. It prepares you for the jobs of the future.

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.


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.