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Extended Bachelor’s Program

New in 2022: We’ve introduced a dedicated pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study some of our humanities, science and health degrees. Hear from current students Sarah Blackwell and Mahlia Garay, along with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver AM and Director, National Centre for Cultural Competence, Professor Jennifer Barrett.

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Our Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Extended) is a four-year degree for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake studies in an academically and culturally supported environment.

It provides students with an opportunity to make connections between in-depth study of a discipline area in humanities and science, and knowledge of culture and practice.

Offering a broad choice across more than 80 subject areas in the sciences or arts, this degree is your first step towards a career, or as stepping stone to other specialised degrees at the University.

The degree equips students with excellent communication, critical and analytical skills, with built-in support and academic skills development to ensure your success.

You will begin study with a cohort of students engaged in culturally relevant literacy and mathematics studies and other available units. 

In second year, students can choose a major from our broad choice across science or arts.

As part of this program, you will have access to tailored academic support and tutors, mentors through our Mentoring our Brothers and Sisters (MOBS) program, with a wide-range of course and residential scholarships available.

You have the choice to complete with a major from Science or Arts.

Examples of popular Science majors offered by our academic schools are listed below: 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences majors include:

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

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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

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 (February) only.

This course is not available to international students.

This course is not available to international students.

Starting date

This course is not available to international students.

What you'll study

Students in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Extended) will complete units totaling 168 credit points.

This includes four Foundation Subjects (6 credit points each), subjects that contribute towards a major (total 48 credit points), Arts or Science subjects that could contribute towards a sequence (36 credit points), Online Learning Environment (OLE) units (a total, and maximum of, 12 credit points), an Interdisciplinary Indigenous Cultural Capstone Project unit (6 credit points) and Liberal studies electives and other electives.

OLE units are a combination of three, 2-credit points of discipline and non-discipline specific units per semester. These units will incorporate experiential mathematics learning at a range of engaging sites, with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander academic coordinator and guest lecturers, with real life, community-based scenarios.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Extended)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Power of Number A Indigenous Literacies in Academic Contexts A Science or LS: Elective  
  2 Power of Number B Indigenous Literacies in Academic Contexts B Open Learning Environment unit  
2 1 Major LS: Analytical Thinking Sequence  
  2 Major LS: Writing and Rhetoric: Academic Essays Sequence  
3 1 Major LS: Ethics  Open Learning Environment unit Sequence
  2 Major LS: Elective LS: Elective or Elective Sequence
4 1 Major Major LS: Elective Sequence
  2 Major Major Cultural Capstone Sequence

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge depends on subject areas chosen. Some units of study assume a level of knowledge of the subject area.

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