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Learn about the world around you

If you’re passionate about how the world works and want to help drive social change, a career in international relations and social science is for you. You'll learn how a wide range of social, political and economic systems influence individuals and societies, and how communities can work together on a local or global scale.

Prepare for a global career

Develop a global viewpoint as you explore some of the world’s most pressing social, political and environmental issues. A degree in international relations or social science will prepare you for roles in public policy, international development, community relations and more.

Choose your own path

USC's range of programs let you specialise in an area or pursue more than one interest. Most our degrees include an optional internship in international relations, community development or the non-profit sector. You can also expand your employment opportunities through language studies.

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Bachelor of International Studies

Prepare yourself for a career in international justice and human rights, international politics or international security with the Bachelor of International Studies. You’ll hone your communication and research skills while you develop a strong understanding of Australian and foreign policy, culture and economics. Boost your employability with in-country language studies or an internship in politics or the non-government sector.

Bachelor of Business (International Business)

Get ready to do business on a global stage with the specialist Bachelor of Business (International Business). You’ll study cross-cultural management, gain an international perspective on finance, trade, logistics and strategy, and get hands-on experience as you develop an international business marketing strategy for a real company. You can also choose to expand your job horizons with a four-course language elective, which can open up a world of opportunity in local and global industries.

Bachelor of Arts

USC’s flexible Bachelor of Arts lets you combine your passion for international relations with a second specialisation such as Australian studies, sociology or languages. In the Politics and International Relations major you’ll learn the foundations of Australian and international political systems, with a focus on Asia and the US. You’ll also develop strong skills in research, written communication and critical and creative thinking.

Diploma in Languages

The part-time Diploma in Languages lets you learn Indonesian, Italian or Japanese from beginner to advanced level. As part of this program, you’ll have the option to enrich your skills and cultural understanding through study in the country where your language is natively spoken. You can study the Diploma on its own or at the same time as your undergraduate degree.

Study social science

Bachelor of Social Science

Broaden your understanding of the world through in-depth study of the social, political, economic and environmental processes that shape local and global communities in USC’s Bachelor of Social Science. You’ll learn the fundamentals of social and political theory, how to conduct social research and how communities can bring about social change. When you graduate, deepen your knowledge in international relations, public policy, Indigenous studies or development studies with the one-year Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

The three-year Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) introduces you to the science of psychology, combined with studies in human development, motivation and social wellbeing. Prepare for graduate roles in community development, counselling, social work or public health, or apply for the one-year Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) as your next step toward becoming a registered psychologist. Interested in how the criminal justice system and human psychology interact? Study the specialist Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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