2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):

Autumn/Spring (Students eligible for credit transfer may begin in Summer session if appropriate subjects are available)

Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 753105

* The Bachelor of Arts offered at Bega, Batemans Bay, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven Campuses and South Western Sydney are listed on different pages - Bachelor of Arts (Regional Campuses) and Bachelor of Arts - South Western Sydney.


The Dean's Scholar 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.

A Bachelor of Arts degree is one of the most popular degrees at University. Students who are passionate and curious about humanity and society enjoy the breadth and flexibility of the Bachelor of Arts degree. It allows students to specialise in up to 2 majors or do a combination of majors and minors in disciplines such as Politics, History, English Literature, Philosophy, Languages, Sociology, Indigenous studies, and newer areas of study such as the Environmental Humanities (see below under ‘Majors’ for the full list). The degree will allow you to hone your skills of interpretation (nothing is ever just black and white), and you will gain experience in analysing and synthesising complex ideas; skills that are essential to real world problem solving and highly valuable to a wide range of employers. Every ‘real world’ problem today has a cultural and social dimension that can be understood using the skills you will gain doing a Bachelor of Arts degree, whichever major you choose.

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.

To remain in the program, Dean's Scholars 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 (702).

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 & 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

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Evaluate complex issues and ideas about society and culture
2 Apply disciplinary knowledge in a variety of real-world professional contexts
3 Communicate concepts 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.

All BA (Dean's Scholar) students will be able to demonstrate these outcomes which are common to each BA (Dean's Scholar) major. Each major also has major learning outcomes that are unique to that major. Major Learning Outcomes are outlined under each major.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, comprised of the following:

  1. At least one major study available in the Bachelor of Arts, outlined below (48 credit points);
  2. LHA 102 - Dean's Scholars Seminar (6 credit points);
  3. LHA 302 Dean's Scholars Research Project (6 credit points);
  4. A second major (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points) from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA); OR a minor (minimum 24cp) from within LHA;
  5. Elective subjects offered in LHA or other faculties, to bring the total credit points to at least 144.


  • Average mark of 75% or better must be maintained;
  • Not more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects;
  • At least 24 credit points of subjects completed at the 300-level within the major must be at a pass mark or better.


Students construct their Bachelor of Arts degree by selecting majors and minors. The degree offers majors in the disciplinary areas familiar from study at school, like History, English Literatures, and Languages. Other disciplinary areas that might not be as familiar include Philosophy, Sociology, International Relations and Politics. The study of a discipline gives students skills a set of conceptual frameworks and a body of knowledge interpreted using those frameworks. For example, within the study of 'history', students learn how to research and write history, as well as how to read what historians have thought about the past.

The Bachelor of Arts also offers interdisciplinary studies. These are built around either a place (for example Australian Studies) or a theme (for example Indigenous Studies and Environmental Humanities). These areas reach across disciplines to illustrate different ways an issue can be explored.

Most majors offered in the Bachelor of Arts require at least 48 credit points although some require more (for example, those taking a Language as a Beginner). All majors require at least a pass in 24 credit points at 300 level from the subjects offered for the major. Students taking two majors are only permitted to cross count one subject in both majors.

Students enrolled in this degree, must take at least one of these majors:

Second Major

Students enrolled in this degree, must also take a second major or alternatively a minor within LHA.

Students who wish to take a second major may choose from the list of BA majors above, or consider a major from another degree from the following list:


Most minors offered in the Bachelor Arts consist of 24 credit points and require at least 12 credit points at 200 level of higher. 

Minor studies are recorded on a student's transcript, but are not recorded on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students need to submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Students enrolled in this degree, at Wollongong may choose from the following minors. Full details of each minor is available on the LHA 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.  

  • Ancient History
  • Animal Studies
  • Art History
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students
  • Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Production
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design History
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Education
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • English Literatures
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Game Production
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Screen Media
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indonesian*
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism 
  • Media Arts 
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Technical Theatre
  • Visual Arts

* Available through cross institutional study only

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.

Some Majors will have a specific internship subject available for students. Otherwise, students can 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.


See separate entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Honours Handbook can be accessed as a PDF document from the Faculty Honours Students page.

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 25 May, 2020