The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is one of the most versatile undergraduate programs available. With a BA, you can learn how to help people in your community, address global issues and everything in between.
The list of potential careers with an arts degree is too long to fit on a single page, but we’ve done our best to capture some of the core areas and passions you can pursue with a BA.
For some, this broad range of options might feel intimidating – how can I know what I’ll do after graduating if there are so many arts degree jobs out there?
But our BA students and alumni know the truth: this is what makes the Bachelor of Arts such a special degree. The BA doesn’t provide a narrow, well-trodden path to a single career. It presents a winding avenue that can hop from industry to industry, role to role, all based on your own interests.
Bachelor of Arts graduates don’t find a job and force themselves to like it. They find their passion and turn it into their profession.
Below are 6 core passions that may resonate with what you want to achieve in your future and how the various majors within the Bachelor of Arts can help you fulfil these passions.
Connect with other cultures with a Bachelor of Arts
Where can a Bachelor of Arts take you? As it turns out, just about anywhere in the world.
Explore other languages and cultures, learn how to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, and discover how different worldviews can unite humanity instead of driving us apart.
BA majors and minors that can help you connect with other cultures include:
Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Russian)
European languages (French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish)
English language (linguistics, English as an international language)
By studying in this area, you could become a language teacher, cultural adviser, interpreter, linguistics researcher, anthropologist, community engagement manager, travel consultant, policy adviser and much more.
It doesn’t take much scrolling or news-watching to feel like society is in a rough state right now. If you’ve got big dreams about how things could be better for everyone, you may have already thought to yourself: “What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts that will help improve society?”
The good news is many majors and study areas within the BA program can help you make a meaningful impact on your local community and country. These areas include:
peace and conflict
Your career path after graduating could include roles as an international aid worker, peacekeeping official, ministerial officer, advocacy coordinator, cybercrime investigator, community development officer, family therapist, applied economist and much more.
Our planet is in a fragile position – socially, economically and environmentally. So, what can you do with a Bachelor of Arts to help address the world’s most pressing problems?
There are several study areas within the BA that will help prepare you to make a real global difference. These include:
peace and conflict studies
With a Bachelor of Arts, you can take the first steps towards jobs including foreign policy adviser, peacekeeping official, political campaign manager, social and government researcher, applied economist, algorithm specialist, sustainability consultant, justice worker and much more.
Explore the past to create a better future with a Bachelor of Arts
The secrets to a bright future may lie buried in the darkest recesses of the past. If you’re fascinated by history, the UQ Bachelor of Arts can help you turn this curiosity into a career.
Whether you’d love to dive decades, centuries or even millennia into the past, here are some of the BA majors and minors that could enhance your studies:
ancient languages (Latin or Ancient Greek)
*To explore the most diverse range of historical eras, consider the combined History/Ancient History major.
By studying the courses in these majors, you can prepare for a satisfying career as a historical adviser, family history researcher, history and humanities teacher, museum curator, regional anthropologist, archaeologist and much more.
Some people find their true purpose in improving peoples’ lives. If this resonates with you, you’ll find several pathways in the UQ Bachelor of Arts that allow you to fulfil this passion.
Majors and minors that can equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a meaningful impact on other individuals include:
Some potential careers that will see you helping people every day include child psychologist, mental health practitioner, music therapist, family services specialist, community support worker, social justice advocate, sports centre manager and legal education teacher.