2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Commerce | 2020 

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Commerce



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 / 751301

* Students eligible for Credit Transfer may begin in Summer Session if appropriate subjects are available.


A UOW Arts and Commerce degree will teach you the essential skills needed to think critically about the world of business. It provides you with an understanding of the corporate and commercial environment including management, operations, marketing, accounting, economics and finance. At the same time you will study the traditional areas of Arts including history, literature, languages and philosophy and the disciplines of social sciences; cultural studies, sociology and politics. In this degree you will learn essential skills to utilise in your everyday life for decades to come. These include effective communication and problem solving, negotiating, and collaboration and time management; all skills essential for high achievement in a range of global business, government or NGO careers.

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.

Today’s business environment is dynamic and complex. The Bachelor of Commerce degree provides core skills in many business functions as well as specialist knowledge in a chosen field. Throughout this degree you will have the opportunity to gain practical, real-world experience and make professional connections, including the opportunity to participate in the Business Internship program.

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

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:

CLO Description
1 Combine disciplinary knowledge from both Commerce and Arts to apply to a variety of real-word professional contexts;
2 Communicate concepts effectively, orally and in writing, to a range of audiences;
3 Critically analyse complex issues and ideas across business, organisational, social and cultural contexts;

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, Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Commerce, a candidate must successfully complete at least 216 credit points, comprised of:

  1. The core subjects (including the capstone subject) from the Bachelor of Commerce (54 credit points);
  2. At least one major from the Bachelor of Commerce (48 credit points); 
  3. At least 90 credit points as prescribed on the Bachelor of Arts handbook page, including: 
    1. LHA101 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;
    2. at least one of the majors listed in the Bachelor of Arts (minimum 48, maximum 60 credit points);
    3. a second major (minimum 48, 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.
  4. If required, electives to bring the total credit points to 216.

Majors and Minors

Students in this double degree will take at least two majors. One from the Bachelor of Arts and one from the Bachelor of Commerce. Follow the links to each Course Handbook page for information regarding the majors and minors on offer.

As part of their Bachelor of Arts Component, students will also choose either a second Major, or Minor chosen from the Bachelor of 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 double degree with the required academic standard are encouraged to proceed to the Honours degree in either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Please refer to the Honours handbook pages for the single degrees for further information about these degrees and their entry requirements.

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020