Facts & figures
- Top 20 university globally (QS World University Rankings 2024)
- #24 in the world for Arts and Humanities*
- #45 in the world for Social Sciences*
- *2023 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
Short answer: No, you don’t have to study art in a Bachelor of Arts… but you can. Let’s clear a few things up.
Broadly speaking, subjects within the arts and social sciences (which make up a Bachelor of Arts), deal with ideas around identity and what it means to be human.
The arts or humanities include subjects like philosophy, history, english, languages, visual arts, performing arts, media and communications and religion.
The social sciences also focus broadly on what it means to be human but take a more – you guessed it – scientific approach. Think economics, politics and international relations, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, criminology, linguistics, law etc.
The other thing you should know: we’ve been around a long, long time (est 1852!) and the Bachelor of Arts is USYD’s founding degree.
Simply put, we’ve been teaching the BA a long time and we’re very good at it. We’re consistently ranked among the best arts and humanities faculties in the world.
Short answer: You can study lots of things.
So when you take a Bachelor of Arts (BA), you’re opening the door to a super diverse education.
A few of the things you can do:
|✓ Learn a new language||✓ Uncover ancient civilisations|
|✓ Study foreign cultures||✓ Discover digital cultures|
|✓ Explore great books and minds||✓ Create visual art|
|✓ Grapple with philosophical ideas||✓ Investigate political systems|
|✓ Pursue literary ambitions||✓ Understand religious beliefs|
|✓ Examine economic concepts||✓ Support social justice and wellbeing|
So, you’ll choose a major and a minor from across the humanities and social sciences. (And you can also select a minor from the shared pool).
Short answer: We’re going to give you a big YES on this one.
In a world as disrupted as ours, arts graduates’ capacity for leadership, creativity, and analysis has never been more relevant or sort after by employers.
Did you know:
By studying a Bachelor of Arts you’ll unlock innovative approaches to problem solving, develop an aptitude for logical argument, and learn to write in a clear, convincing way. You’ll provide the “human” element in any industry with exceptional communication skills, empathy and cultural competence. You'll lead the way.
Short answer: Yes, yes and yes.
You’ll be highly employable because of the soft skills we've just mentioned. But you'll also get access to industry throughout the degree.
Check out some of the recent professional experiences of our BA students here:
Short answer: Given how many things you can study in a BA, there are literally hundreds of jobs arts graduates can be found working in.
So, depending on your major, you might become an advertising executive, anthropologist, archaeologist, art historian, banking professional, business or data analyst, content producer, creative lead, diplomat, historian, heritage specialist, foreign affairs and trade officer, policy analyst, podcaster, journalist, museum or gallery curator, language and communication specialist, media adviser, editor or publisher, researcher or sociologist, social commentator, screen writer or author, ux designer.
° Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Degrees: Powering Workforce Transformation Through Creativity, Critical Thinking and Human Interaction
~ Apollo Communications “ASX-100 Board of Directors 2020 Report”
º The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia “Social Sciences Shape the Nation”
Prospective students should refer to our course pages for the most up-to-date information.