The Bachelor of Arts is a three year full-time equivalent award introducing students to a broad range of knowledge and enquiry underpinning western civilisation, as well as intercultural perspectives, while offering the chance to specialise in History, Philosophy, English, Creative Writing or Music.
The flexible yet integrated study program is aimed at broadening students' worldview, while fostering critical and creative abilities necessary for human flourishing and life-long learning.
The BA comprises 24 subjects, including 8 Core Curriculum subjects, 8 subjects in a selected major area, with the possibility of a second major, or one or two minors.
The Bachelor of Arts is the basic building block of tertiary education. A BA can be a powerful springboard to further study (e.g. in Education, Ministry, Politics or the Social Services), while some BA graduates go on to specialise in their chosen field through postgraduate study, leading to employment in research and/or tertiary education.
A BA can be the first step towards the career of your dreams, or a chance to work out what the future holds, while developing essential skills along the way.
The BA Core Curriculum
A key component of the BA (Humanities) is the Core Curriculum, which provides all students with wide-ranging perspectives on significant ideas and achievements in history, philosophy, theology and the language arts. The BA Core consists of the following 8 subjects:
The knowledge and skills fostered by the Core (e.g. critical analysis, creativity, respect for ideas and intercultural perspectives) are aimed at equipping students to live as intelligent citizens and lifelong learners.
In addition to the Core subjects, students undertake a major sequence of study in one of the following areas:
History majors will complete 8 subjects from the area that may include: Australian History, Making of Modern Europe, Europe Since the French Revolution, Ancient Civilsations, History of Asia, Medieval Europe, History of the US Republic, Theory & Philosophy of History.
English majors will complete 8 subjects from the area that may include: Classical Literature, Bible as Literature, Literature of Shakespeare, Selected Themes in Australian Literature, Australia's Indigenous people in Literature & Film, Literature & Christian Faith, The Modern Novel.
Creative Writing majors will complete 8 subjects from the area that may include: Introduction to Creative Writing*, Creative Writing: Prose Fiction*, Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Nonfiction, Writing for Children, Writing Young Adult Fiction, Writing Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Writing for Stage & Screen, Editing & Publishing for Writers*, 2 English Electives*
* Indicates mandatory subjects within the major sequence
Music majors will complete 8 subjects from the area that may include: Music Performance 1 2 & 3, Theory & Analysis 1 & 2, Music History & Instrumentation 1 & 2, Composition & Arranging, Music for Teachers, Music for Worship Leaders.
Course Duration: 3 years full time or equivalent part time.
Location: On campus or external
Intake: February and July
Prerequisites: Completion of Year 12 or recognised equivalent. Mature age entry (STAT may be required).
Ella Radke (Academic Administrator)
School of Humanities & Social Science
Call 08 8373 8777