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Bachelor of Arts


Program summary

Create a degree that works for you

A Bachelor of Arts is all about choice. If you have a broad range of interests, or want to study an area that does not have its own degree, a Bachelor of Arts is for you. This flexible program allows you to develop specialist knowledge in at least two areas, where your chosen specialisations will shape your career options. Choose from studies in areas such as creative writing, geography, history, drama and languages.

You will develop your skills in areas such as critical, creative, innovative and lateral thinking; analysis and synthesis; information management; and communication. Add work integrated learning courses to gain industry experience and contacts that could help you land your dream job. Take advantage of opportunities to live and study overseas while earning credit towards your degree through the Study Overseas program.

There are also options to complete the Bachelor of Arts as a dual degree with Science, Business, Law or Education. The program gives you an excellent platform to launch yourself into a postgraduate degree in education or into honours studies to deepen your skills and knowledge in your chosen field.


Australian Studies; Creative Writing; Drama; English; Geography; History; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Journalism; Politics and International Relations; Psychology; Screen and Media Studies; Sociology; Sustainability - Society 

Career opportunities

Depending on major selected: applied sociology, community and welfare services, ecotourism, media, interpreting / translating (with further study), policy development, psychology (with further study), public administration, publishing, research, teaching (with further study).


Eligibility for memberships depends on areas of specialisation.

Application and admission advice

Contact Student Central
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What will I study

Program Structure
Introductory course (1)

COR109 Communication and Thought

Major and minor courses (16)*

Select 2 majors or 1 major and 2 minors from those listed below:

* With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may replace a specified major or minor with a study component deemed to be equivalent commenced or completed at another university or comparable tertiary institution.

Minors #:
Elective courses (7)*

*The number of elective courses may vary depending on the major/minor combinations chosen.

Select 7 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). A maximum of 7 courses may be selected from the School of Business or the  Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.

# Students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts as part of the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of BusinessBachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science are only required to complete 1 minor (48 units) from the majors and minors specified in the Bachelor of Arts.

# Students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts as part of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts can complete a minor (48 units) outside those listed above, for example: studies in Teaching Area 2 in Business, Mathematics, Technology or Chemistry, as part of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

** Bachelor of Arts students completing the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited sequence in Psychology must successfully complete all of the courses in the Psychology major plus PSY305 Abnormal Psychology.

Note: Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • When enrolling, refer to the Study Plan
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Open enrolment dates

Enrolments for Study Period 2, 2016 (Semester 2, Trimester 2, Sessions 5, 6 and 7) open on 30 May 2016.

Enrolments for Trimester 3, 2016 open on 5 September 2016.

New students

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students

Continuing students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree. Make sure you have your courses covered by following the Planning your study instructions and the Timetable Planner to plan your class times for the upcoming semester / trimester / session.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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