2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) | 2020 

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 the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751309


Studying a Bachelor of Arts alongside a Bachelor of International Studies will give you essential skills, including critical and creative thinking, effective communication, and problem solving, all of which are required for high achievement in a range of global careers. If you are a high-achieving and motivated student, this Dean's Scholar program will give you an enriched educational experience. Dean’s scholars are assisted by a member of academic staff to advise you on matters concerned with your degree, as well as an annual text book or resource allowance, and designated study space. You will produce a major self-directed research project as a capstone to your degree in the final year of study. 

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. This degree will allow you to hone your skills of analysis and interpretation, and your ability to synthesise complex ideas; skills that are essential to practical 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.

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 and globally. International Studies teaches you how to analyse national and global issues. You will learn about the forces shaping the modern world and the theories that underpin our understanding of the most important global issues. You will also gain language skills and we strongly encourage students to undertake study abroad to further expand their skills. 

Dean's Scholar Degrees 

Dean's Scholars have the opportunity to attempt subjects not normally available to first-year students. They may be granted exemption from certain first-year subjects and may be permitted extended subject loads, enabling them to complete the degree in less than the normal time and enter Honours in their third year. 

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book or resource allowance for full time students;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Specialised subject LHA 102 Dean's Scholars Seminar;
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars.
  • On successful completion of this degree, students 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 Dean's Scholars have competed successfully for places in the Australian National Internship Program or the University Capitol Washington Internship Program, which places students in political offices in Canberra or Washington D.C. respectively. 

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 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 

The course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Please refer to the 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 Arts - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 216 credit points, as outlined below:

  1. LHA 102 Dean’s Scholar Seminar (6 credit points);
  2. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of International Studies (24 credit points);
  3. One of the majors listed for the Bachelor of International Studies (48 credit points);
  4. A minimum of a minor in a language other than English (24 credit points);
  5. At least one of the majors listed for the Bachelor of Arts (minimum 48 and maximum 60 credit points);
  6. A second major (minimum 48 and maximum 60 credit points), or a minor (minimum 24 credit points), as listed on the Bachelor of Arts Handbook page or approved by the delegated authority. and;
  7. If required, electives to bring the total credit points completed to 216.


  • Average mark of 75% or better must be maintained.
  • No more than 90 credit points in 100-level subjects.
  • A clear pass in the core 300 level subjects.

Majors and Minors

As part of the Bachelor of International Studies, students will complete at least one major chosen from that degree, and one minor in a language other than English.

Students will also choose at least one major and one minor from the Bachelor of Arts.

If students have enough elective subjects remaining, they may wish to use these to either turn one of their minors into a major, or complete additional minor study.

Information on available majors and minors is available by following the links to the degree course handbook pages above.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning 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 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 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (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.


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 are encouraged to proceed to either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours). Please refer to the handbook pages for further information about these degrees.

Other Information

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 degree.

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020