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The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects – 300 points in total – with subjects usually worth 12.5 points each. You will complete eight subjects, or 100 points. As a Bachelor of Arts student, you can choose one or two Arts disciplines to be the main focus of your study while completing your degree. You have the option of completing one major, one major and one minor, or two majors.
- Ranked #1 in Australia and #13 in the world for Arts and Humanities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014
- Over 30 areas of specialisation available, including languages, psychology, economics and media and communications
- Teaching and research excellence from internationally renowned researchers and leading practitioners in their fields
- Most popular degree in Victoria (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre 2014).
225 points of Arts discipline subjects including;
- At least six arts discipline subjects (75 points) at level 1, including one Arts Foundation Subjects
- At least six arts discipline subjects (75 points) at level 2
- At least six arts discipline subjects (75 points) at level 3
50 points of breadth subjects including;
- At least one breadth subject (12.50 points ) and no more than three (37.50 points) at level one
- At least 12.5 points at level two or three
25 points of Arts discipline or breadth at subjects at level 1, 2 or 3
Please Note: No more than a total of ten subjects (125 points) may be taken at level 1.
1. You can study any of the following disciplines as a major or a minor:
Ancient World Studies / Anthropology / Arabic / Art History / Asian Studies / Australian Indigenous Studies / Chinese / Classics / Creative Writing / Criminology Economics / English and Theatre Studies / French / Gender Studies / Geography / German / Hebrew and Jewish Studies / History / History and Philosophy of Science / Indonesian / Islamic Studies / Italian / Japanese / Linguistics and Applied Linguistics / Media and Communications / Philosophy / Politics and International Studies / Psychology / Russian / Screen and Cultural Studies / Sociology / Spanish and Latin American Studies
2. You can study any of the following disciplines as a minor only:
Chinese Studies / Development Studies / English Language Studies / Environmental Studies / European Studies / Knowing and Learning Law and Justice / Social Theory
3. The Arts Foundation Subjects.
The Faculty of Arts has developed six first-year foundation subjects that offer cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives on a number of historical and contemporary themes. You can choose from the following subjects:
Aboriginalities – Introduces the complexity, challenges and richness of Australian Indigenous life and cultures
Identity – Explores identity and the conception of self and other in diverse contexts across time and place
Language – Provides a crossdisciplinary introduction to human language, including how language creates representations, and how language can be used to prevent understanding
Power – Investigates social relations, who is in control and who may benefit from such arrangements
Reason – Considers our use of reason, including historical origins and philosophical debates over reason and the way that different forms of reasoning have arisen
Representation – Explores how different genres such as speech, writing, translation, film, theatre and art generate representations of social life and imagination.
4. BREADTH: BROADENING YOUR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS Employers look for graduates who are adaptable and bring unique skills and knowledge to the workplace. Through breadth, you can take subjects from outside your core study area. There are more than 600 breadth subjects available to Arts students. For example:
Climate Change / Data Analysis / Doing Business in Asia / Feeding the World's Population / Greening Urban Landscapes / Corporate and Business Law / Marketing / Communications and Branding / Music, Mind and Wellbeing / People and Environment / Popular Music / Wine and Food;
- Students must complete one major
- Students may complete a maximum of two majors
- Student may take no more than ten subjects (125 points) in any one discipline
Students must complete at least one major. A major usually consists of 100 points of study within a single discipline comprising:
- Two subjects (25 points) at level 1 (this may include an Arts Foundation subject in non-language majors/minors)
- Three subjects (37.5 points) at level 2
- Three subjects (37.5 points) at level 3 (including a capstone subject for non-language majors)
Students may complete one minor. A minor consists of 75 points of study within a single discipline comprising:
- Two subjects (25 points) at level 1
- Two subjects (25 points) at level 2
- Two subjects (25 points) at level 3
Arts Foundation Subjects Requirements:
- BA students must complete one Arts Foundation subject within the first 100 points of the course. Students must take a minimum of one (12.50 points) in their BA or can elect to take a maximum of two (25 points) Arts Foundation subjects;
- Arts Foundation subjects will count towards individual non-language majors/minors at level 1. Students who elect to undertake two majors can choose an additional Arts Foundation subject, or a first year Arts subject from within the same discipline area;
- Students are strongly encouraged to take an Arts Foundation subject within their first semester of study.