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Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - 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 / 751363

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 offered by the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies. 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;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Dean's Scholars 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 Scholars 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.

Dean's Scholars are able to use the University's student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas. Several students have successfully competed 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

A number of 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.

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse national and international issues and contexts;
  2. Apply problem solving skills to complex issues;
  3. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences;
  4. Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates an understanding and critical analysis of the area of study.

Please refer to the handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the double degree of Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholars) students must complete a total of at least 216 credit points.

The 216 credit points shall include:

  1. LHA102 Dean’s Scholars Seminar and LHA302 Dean’s Scholars Research Project (12 credit points 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. At least one of the majors in the Bachelor of International Studies;
  5. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies;
  6. At least one of the majors in the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies;
  7. Electives to bring the total credit points to 216. These can be subjects offered by the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, or other faculties; 
  8. Not more than 90 credit points in 100-level subjects.

Note: Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects. 

Progression Requirements

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 Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of International Studies (1819). 


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 at least 12 credit points must be completed at 200-level or higher. 

Minors appear on the transcript (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.


High performing students may be eligible to apply for an Honours degree in either the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, or the Bachelor of International Studies. This requires additional study (one year full-time, or two years part-time).

Honours may be undertaken by students who meet the requirements for enrolment.

Students should consult the single degree entries for Honours requirements. Further information can be accessed at Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Honours) and Bachelor of International Studies (Honours).

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: 28 August, 2018