2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Communication and Media - 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


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.

International Studies is the analysis, appreciation and study of the diversity of the global community. It examines the relationships of politics, society, culture, language, and history in a range of countries. A degree in Communication and Media will prepare you for success in the worlds of journalism, advertising, public relations, corporate branding and international media.

The two degrees are complementary with their focus on internationalisation and globalisation from different perspectives. It suits those seeking future careers in media, or related fields, in an international context and will prepare you for the world of digital communications and social media.

A double degree in Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of International Studies addresses relevant global, economic and political issues affecting the media and communications industries. It will teach you a diverse skill set and equip you with a theoretical background in global media, proficiency in a language and the ability to analyse real-life case studies.

Dean's Scholar Degrees

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. 

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book/resource allowance for full-time students;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Specialised subjects LHA 102 Dean’s Scholars Seminar and LHA 302 Dean’s Scholars Research Project;
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars.

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 and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is 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 Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 216 credit points, comprised of:

  1. LHA 102 Dean’s Scholars Seminar and LHA 302 Dean’s Scholars Research Project (12 credit points in total);
  2. The core subjects for the Bachelor of International Studies (24 credit points);
  3. A minimum of a minor in a language other than English (or students may elect to take a major in a language) (minimum 24 credit points);
  4. At least one of the majors in the Bachelor of International Studies (48 credit points);
  5. The core subjects for the Bachelor of Communication and Media (48 credit points);
  6. At least one of the majors in the Bachelor of Communication and Media (48 credit points);
  7. Electives to bring the total credit points to 216, chosen from the general electives schedule.
  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 - Bachelor of International Studies (1791). 


Students completing this degree will complete at least two majors. One chosen from the Bachelor of Communication and Media, and one from the Bachelor of International Studies. Follow the links to each Course Handbook page for information on majors available in each degree. 


Minors available for each degree are outlined on the course handbook pages:

Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of Communication and Media

As part of the Bachelor of International Studies, students will complete at least one minor in a language other than English.

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 submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students' are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.  


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 (Honours) and Bachelor of International Studies (Honours).

Other Information

For further information please email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 February, 2018