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Why study with us?

  • #22 in the world

    Ranked 22nd in the world for arts and humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • #1 in Australia

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

Our Bachelor of Arts provides an outstanding liberal arts education. It prepares you to meet the challenges of the modern workforce, where expertise, inventiveness, logic and critical thinking come to the fore.

Combining a Bachelor of Arts with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies in this new four-year degree gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, add further breadth to your University qualification by studying subjects from a range of disciplines, and apply your skills and disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems.

You will explore your passions, interests and ambitions as you complete a double major. You can choose both majors from our broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences.

Our majors include:

American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) Italian Studies (Introductory)
Archaeology Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Art History Italian Studies (Advanced)
Asian Studies Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies (Introductory)
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Advanced)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Media Studies**
Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics Modern Greek Studies (Introductory)
European Studies Modern Greek Studies (Intermediate)
Film Studies Modern Greek Studies (Advanced)
Financial Economics Music
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Philosophy
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Politics
Gender Studies Socio-Legal Studies
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Sociology
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Global Studies* Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Studies in Religion
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced) Visual Arts
History  


In the fourth year of the degree you will undertake advanced coursework and a substantial real-world industry, community, entrepreneurship or research project. As you develop a personal portfolio of expertise and high-level skills you broaden your opportunities and prepare yourself for future success.
You also have the option of selecting a second major from the University's shared pool.

Whatever your focus, when you undertake our Bachelor of Arts degree you will be guided by the expertise of an internationally respected group of educators. With arts and humanities at the University of Sydney consistently recognised as among the top 20 faculties globally in academic rankings,* our Bachelor of Arts degree is both highly regarded and well supported by research leaders.

As a reflection of our global outlook, you will be encouraged to take advantage of extensive exchange opportunities with leading universities overseas. A number of our majors offer internship placements, enabling you to develop your networks and gain invaluable work experience before graduation.

* Only available to International and Global Studies stream and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws students
**Only available to Media and Communications stream and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws students

Streams

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies can also be taken with streams in:

Subject areas

In the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you'll complete your first major from the list of Arts and Social Science majors below, and a second major from the same list or a major offered in the University's Shared Pool.

Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

A program in Psychology, taught by the Faculty of Science, is also available in this degree.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

For full course details see our Handbook.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Majors in History and Sociology, advanced study in History, Minor in Criminology)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 History major Education elective Criminology minor Sociology major
  2 History major Art History elective Criminology minor Sociology major
2 1 History major Open Learning Environment units Criminology minor Sociology major
  2 History major Philosophy elective Open Learning Environment units Sociology major
3 1 History major History major Criminology minor Sociology major
  2 History major History major Criminology minor Sociology major
4 1 History coursework History project Criminology minor Sociology major
  2 History coursework History project History elective Sociology major

This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other majors, minors and electives.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies allow you to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables you to enhance your skills in a language other than English and your knowledge of other societies and cultures. The Advanced Studies portion of the combined degree allows you to take up an internship opportunity.

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art historian
  • Business administrator or manager
  • Editor or publisher
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Government policy officer
  • Historian
  • Heritage specialist
  • Information specialist
  • Journalist
  • Language specialist
  • Media and communications officer
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Researcher
  • Sociologist
Future study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising further advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.