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Bachelor of Arts


Program summary

Dr Clare Archer-Lean
Program coordinator

Dr Clare Archer-Lean

Dr Amy Clarke
Program coordinator

Dr Amy Clarke

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.


Creative Writing and PublishingEnglish; Geography; HistoryJapanese; Journalism; Politics and International Relations; Psychology; Screen Media; Sociology; Sustainability - Society ; Theatre and Performance

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

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory course (1) 12 units

COR109 Communication and Thought

Major and minor courses (16)^ 192 units

Select 2 majors (16 courses/192 units) OR 1 major (8 courses/96 units) and 2 minors (4 courses each/ 48 units each) 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.

Majors (8) (96 units):

** Bachelor of Arts students completing the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited sequence in Psychology must successfully complete all 13 courses listed in the Psychology major plus PSY305 Abnormal Psychology using their electives to complete the additional courses.

Minors (4) (48 units):
Elective courses (7)* 84 units

Select 7 elective courses (84 units) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

* The selection of elective courses may vary depending on the major/minor combinations chosen - refer to program requirements.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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 (120 units)
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • 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
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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