2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Arts | 2020

Wollongong Campus

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Arts



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

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 / 753101
Bega / 753106*
Batemans Bay / 753107*
Southern Highlands / 753108*
Shoalhaven Campuses / 753102*

* The Bachelor of Arts offered at Bega, Batemans Bay, Southern Highlands, and Shoalhaven Campuses are listed on the Bachelor of Arts (Regional Campuses) page.


The Bachelor of Arts will equip you for today’s rapidly changing world. You will develop skills and capacities necessary to understand how the world has come to be the way it is today. The disciplines housed in the Bachelor of Arts degree share a common interest in addressing the fundamental questions of human social life. What do we need to know to make a better future, and what are the best ways of finding out? You will see and appreciate the world afresh, developing the analytical and communicative abilities to enrich life and your community. Share in the rich and global dialogue on contemporary human cultures.

Students must select one major and a second major or a minor, from the Bachelor of Arts offerings.

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:

CLO Description
1Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in at least one discipline of Humanities, Languages or Social Sciences;
2 Have the cognitive skills to review critically analyse and consolidate information and synthesise knowledge;
3 Apply disciplinary and inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to complex issues about society, culture and the planet;
4Be able to communicate effectively and clearly to a range of audiences using a range of modes and media, including digital technologies.

Each major also has learning outcomes that are unique to that major and outlined on each major page. 

Course Structure

To qualify for award of this degree, a candidate must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 144 credit points, comprised of the following:

  1. At least one major study available in the Bachelor of Arts, outlined below (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points);
  2. LHA 101 - Introduction to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (6 credit points). This subject is undertaken in the first session and is designed to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed at University. LHA 101 assists students to understand the structure of their degree, plan their study pathway, and plan for post-university careers. It introduces students to key concepts including critical thinking, digital literacy, academic integrity, effective communication and degree and career planning;
  3. A second major study (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points) OR, a minor study (minimum of 24 credit points) from within Humanities, and The Arts;
  4. Elective subjects to bring the total credit points to at least 144.


  • At least 24 credit points of subjects completed at the 300-level within the major must be at a pass mark or higher;
  • No more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects.

Navigating the Bachelor of Arts Degree (Wollongong)

You construct your Bachelor of Arts degree by selecting majors and minors. Many of the majors and minors reflect areas of study that will be familiar already (such as English, History, Politics) and some that may be less familiar (such as International Relations, Sociology and Environmental Humanities). Completing a major (or two) as part of your Bachelor of Arts degree will give you a set of skills that relate to the discipline you are studying (gaining expertise in History, for example) and also generic skills in critical thinking, analysis, cultural intelligence, and conceptual frameworks. Because you can do more than one major, it’s a good idea to choose widely in your first year, before settling on a major/or majors in your second year. For those thinking of doing a double major + minor, popular combinations include:

  • History and Archaeology and Ancient History
  • English and Philosophy, and Language/Linguistics
  • Sociology and International Relations and Gender Studies
  • Indigenous Studies and Politics and Ethics
  • Creative Writing and English
  • Environmental Humanities and Philosophy and Art History

As long as you complete at least one major and one minor from the Bachelor of Arts, you can also take a major and/or minor from outside of the Bachelor of Arts degree. Popular majors from outside the Bachelor of Arts include: Criminology, Digital and Social Media, Economics, Global Screen Media, Global Sustainable Development, Human Geography, Journalism, Marketing, Communication and Advertising, Visual Communication Design, Global Sustainable Development, International Business, Economics, Human Resource Management, Management and Public Relations.

For information on Bachelor of Arts majors offered at Bega, Batemans Bay, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven campuses please see the Bachelor of Arts (Regional Campuses).

Bachelor of Arts Majors

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (702) must take at least one of the following majors:

Students have the option of taking a second major, either from the list above, or from outside the Bachelor of Arts.


As part of the Bachelor of Arts, students must take a minimum of one minor in additional to a major. Some students choose to turn this minor into a second major.

Students may also wish to take more than one minor if their total credit points allow.

Most minors consist of 24 credit points and require at least 12 credit points at 200 level or higher.

Students may not undertake a Major and Minor Study in the same discipline (for example, students cannot take both a major and a minor in Photography).

Details of minors can be found on the 2020 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 Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital and Social Media
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • English Literatures
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Game Production
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Screen Media
  • Global Sustainable Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Legal Studies
  • Marketing Communication and Advertising
  • Media Arts
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts 


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.

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

INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities is an elective subject available to all students. INDS208 fosters work skills, cultural competency and develops student awareness of Indigenous knowledges and community practices.


Honours is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the single degree with the required academic standard are encouraged to proceed to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Please refer to the handbook page for further information about the degree and entry requirements.

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 22 July, 2020