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Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Sydney

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Overview

With its flexibility and huge choice of majors, the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science provides you with a background in both the humanities and the sciences, and gives you useful skills that will make you highly valued by potential employers in jobs across the market. From writing and presenting to thinking ethically and critically, the BLAS degree is your preparation for life beyond the classroom.

This is a course designed for the student who is fascinated by the world and wants to learn as much about it as they can. With a BLAS degree, you can indulge your interests in both the arts and sciences without restricting yourself to just one specialist area of study.

Over the three-year degree, you choose either an arts or a science major. With over 40 arts majors and 30 science majors, that adds up to almost 80 choices, from Philosophy to Physics to Political Economy. You will then complement your major by choosing subjects from the other area, ensuring you leave with the well-rounded knowledge base that defines graduates of liberal arts degrees.

But the BLAS degree is about much more than what facts and figures you learn. It's about getting skills that can be used in life beyond the classroom. A special Liberal Studies stream has been built into the BLAS degree to boost your communication and analytical skills, which potential employers have told us time and time again are the skills that they look for in recruits.

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
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Admission, fees and how to apply

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Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.    

Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.    

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:

Direct applicants:

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

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science may be undertaken three years full-time or six years part-time. In the course, you will complete a major in science or arts.

Full-time students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. If you intend to major in a humanities or social sciences subject area you will enrol in 24cp of junior units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook Table A, and 12cp of junior units of study from the Faculty of Science Handbook Table A. Conversely, if you intend to major in a science subject area you will enrol in 24cp of junior units of study from the Faculty of Science Handbook Table A and 12cp of junior units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook Table A.

In second and third year, you will continue to focus on your chosen major, and complete your studies with 36cp from the designated liberal studies stream, which includes units from the areas of analytical thinking, communication, ethics, scientific enquiry, technological literacy and culture, society and global citizenship.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science  

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Major Elective LS: Analytical Thinking Sequence/minor
  2 Major Elective LS: Writing and Rhetoric: Academic Essays Sequence/minor
2 1 Major Elective LS: Ethics Sequence/minor
  2 Major Elective LS: Elective Sequence/minor
3 1 Major Major LS: Elective Sequence/minor
  2 Major Major LS: Elective Sequence/minor

Assumed knowledge

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

Admission criteria

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

Admission pathways

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

In addition to the amazing things you'll study, you can explore our Science Student Experience pages, and get a taste of the other incredible opportunities, events and activities available to you as a science student, including:

 

Professional accreditation

Most majors within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science are recognised by the relevant professional association. For example, if you complete a major in chemistry you are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

 

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