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Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751309

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Dean's Scholar double degree aims to provide an enriched educational experience for high-achieving, motivated students. This degree is for students hoping to make a contribution to fields of study through teaching or research, or as professionals.

This double degree program enables students to combine the international focus of the Bachelor of International Studies with critical perspectives on humanities and social inquiry offered by the Bachelor of Arts. There are strong complementarities between the two degrees due to their inter-related perspectives and focus on internationalisation and globalisation.

Dean's Scholars have the opportunity to attempt subjects not normally available to first-year students. Students may be granted exemption from certain first-year subjects and be permitted to extend their subject load, enabling them to complete the degree in less than the normal time frame and enter Honours in their third year. Each Dean's Scholar receives an academic mentor, a member of staff who mentors and offers advice on matters concerned with the degree.

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book/resource allowance for full-time students;
  • Dean's Scholar fortnightly lunch time seminar series (seminars are conducted by high profile academic staff as well as visiting fellows);
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars;
  • Dean’s Scholar celebratory events;
  • Extended Library privileges.

The Faculty Heads of Students oversee the program and have regular meetings with students. On successful completion of the first part of the course, Dean's Scholars will be guaranteed admission to Honours.

To remain in the program, students must maintain an average of 75% in each year of study. If the student's average falls below 75%, the student will be transferred into the Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of International Studies 1818.

Dean's Scholars are able to use the University's student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas. Several students have competed successfully for places in the Australian National Internship Program or the University Capitol Washington Internship Program. These programs are highly coveted and place students in political offices in Canberra or Washington D.C. where they gain practical experience related to the theoretical components of the degree.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

The course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

Please refer to the handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes. Further information about major learning outcomes for the BA is available under the relevant BA major page.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the double degree of Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of International Studies (Dean’s Scholar) students must complete a minimum of 216 credit points.

The 216 credit points shall include:

  1. LHA 102 Dean’s Scholar Seminar and LHA 302 Dean’s Scholar Research Project (12 cp in total);
  2. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of International Studies;
  3. A minimum of a minor in a language other than English (students may elect to take a major in a language);
  4. One of the majors listed for the Bachelor of International Studies;
  5. At least one of the majors listed for the Bachelor of Arts;
  6. A second major (minimum 48cp and maximum 60cp), or a minor (minimum 24cp), from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts; and 
  7. Electives to bring the total credit points to 216;
  8. No more than 90 credit points in 100-level subjects;
  9. A clear pass in the core 300 level subjects . 


Students can take Minors as part of their double degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which no more than 12 credit points at 100 level can be counted.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Students can consult with academic advisors in the relevant schools concerning the selection of appropriate subjects. 


Honours is a further one year full-time (or two years part-time) course that provides training in independent research.  Students who complete the double degree with the required academic standard in the relevant major are encouraged to proceed to either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours). Honours may be undertaken by students who meet the requirements for enrolment.  Please refer to the Honours handbook pages for the single degrees for further information about these degrees.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 2 November, 2016