Arts students understand the depth of complexity, beauty, power and history that exists in our world. By studying the arts and humanities, you'll learn how to think creatively and critically, examine your assumptions, and better understand yourself and the wider world.

  • The Bachelor of Arts is one of UQ's most popular, flexible and diverse programs. It gives you a chance to explore thousands of years of knowledge from 41 different majors (including 10 languages) and three minors.
  • Majors encompass the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, formal sciences, and languages. They include economics, philosophy, history, mathematics, and film and television (and many, many more).
  • Benefit from a flexible program structure. The BA can be structured into two single majors; or an extended major and a minor; or one single major and two minors. Any major can be studied in a smaller size – as a minor.
  • Learn about the world in new ways and discover what, over centuries, human beings have experienced, created or thought. You'll better understand history, society, people and culture, so you can begin to imagine and shape the future.

As a Bachelor of Arts graduate you can expect to be an empowered, worldly and independent thinker with the creative imagination and critical reasoning to meet the challenges and needs of society.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked 51st in the world for arts and humanities in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Faculty. We also have one of the largest programs in Australia – nearly 13,000 of our students are studying an arts major. That's about 35 per cent of all UQ students.

  • Teaching spaces

    State-of-the-art facilities

    Venues, spaces and facilities for arts students include archaeology laboratories, a fully equipped theatre space for drama teaching, industry-standard media studios and editing suites, three museums, and United Nations-standard simultaneous interpretation booths.

  • Why study

    Learn about UQ's BA Advantage

     

  • Alumni
    “After graduating, I created my own company and everything I studied at UQ has helped me develop it – Chinese language, culture, history, business, law, management skills, communication, marketing, web development, and more.” James O’Donnell, BA (Chinese) graduate (2001)
    Managing Director, Oz Designs and Manufacturing, Kudo Surf, AustAsiaCo Pty Ltd

Majors for this program

There are 44 majors available in the Bachelor of Arts.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts educates students to recognise the complexity of the world, to ask questions and be curious, to be sceptical and not complacent, and to understand the mistakes and achievements of other people.

These outcomes alone are very good reasons to study the BA.

From a careers point of view, many employers – especially in large organisations – look for people who don't just have technical skills, but can think creatively, analyse complex social problems and think for themselves.

Our graduates typically pursue careers linked with their majors. Some graduates build careers in specific fields like psychology, journalism, communications, or economics, while others work in more general areas of business, media, government, education, arts and culture, or research.

Broadly speaking, our graduates have the pick of a large number of career possibilities in areas including:

  • Advertising
  • Art galleries, museums and cultural organisations
  • Diplomatic and trade services
  • Education
  • Event management
  • Financial organisations
  • Foreign affairs, public affairs and politics
  • Security, intelligence and law enforcement
  • Marketing
  • Media and entertainment
  • Public relations
  • Publishing and writing
  • Social services
  • Translating/interpreting

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations like Underground Productions, Queensland University Musical Society, and the Psychology Students' Association provide plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Alumni

    Notable alumni

    UQ has educated Academy Award winners, bestselling authors, Young Australians of the Year and leaders in business, government, media, international policy and advocacy. You can read about some of our notable alumni on the faculty website.

  • Alumni
    “My internship at the Queensland Writers Centre... gave me confidence in my abilities as an editor, as well as an excellent insight into the workings of the industry and its professionals.” Megan Harris, BA (2013), GCArts (WEP) (2014)
    Editor, Department of Education and Training
  • Why study

    UQ's BA for International students

     

Summary

  • Program code
    2000
  • 707001
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
    Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2017)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Arts are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Arts. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Arts is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs

Majors and minors

The following is a list of majors and minors available in the Bachelor of Arts.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate. Minors are only listed on academic transcripts.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

This major will help you appreciate the unique way that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people see the world. You’ll gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia today and on major social, economic and political events in Australia's history. You'll also learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and non-ATSI teachers who work closely with Indigenous communities.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies major typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or in roles that require knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. They usually work in areas like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

Ancient History / Extended

Ancient cultures found around the Mediterranean paved the way for Western civilisation. Given that the achievements of these ancient cultures still influence ideas and institutions today, the Ancient History major is a good way of understanding the modern world. In the Ancient History major you'll learn about the history, literature, religion, philosophy, social customs, art and architecture of ancient peoples like the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks and Romans. Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and focus on a number of important individuals, ideas and events, including Alexander the Great, Greek democracy and the rise of Imperial Rome.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Ancient History major typically work in careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge. These include roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, or the public sector.

Ancient History/History

This major has been to meet the teaching prerequisites for education students who want to teach history in high schools. The Ancient History / History major provides insight into ancient and modern worlds. Ancient History will teach you about early Mediterranean cultures, including their art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs. Courses from the History part of your major cover topics from world history, Chinese history, Middle-Eastern history, and more. Both Ancient History and History will teach you how to interrogate the past and better understand the forces that have shaped societies and cultures in the modern world.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Ancient History / History major typically work in education, but also pursue careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge. These include roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, or the public sector.

Anthropology / Extended

Anthropology is the study of human beings and the societies and cultures they live in. Anthropologists study a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness in places that are both unfamiliar and familiar. The aim of anthropology is to address the way cultural traditions continue and change over time, and how we can understand and explain human beliefs and behaviour. During your studies you'll have access to the Anthropology Museum, which is home to the largest university collection of ethnographic cultural materials in Australia.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Anthropology major typically work in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms, international development organisations, museums, education, tourism, health and business. They usually work in any role that requires understanding diversity and cultural difference.

Archaeology / Extended

Archaeology is the study of the human past. Archaeologists search for and excavate ancient sites and examine artefacts to better understand how different peoples and cultures developed and changed over time. As a student in the Archaeology major, you'll develop your understanding of past human cultures and explore major milestones in the human past. You'll also learn about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites. You'll also have a chance to learn about archaeology in countries like Egypt, Turkey, Australia and the Pacific Islands, and study the relevance of archaeology to fields like forensics and criminal investigations.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Archaeology major develop skills in written communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, scientific methods and interpersonal understanding. They typically work for museums; cultural centres and agencies; law enforcement; government departments; educational and research institutions; and in industries like mining where environmental protection and management are important.

Art History / Extended

The world we live in is dominated by images and having the ability to read, describe and interpret visual imagery is becoming more and more important. The Art History major will help you to understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches. You’ll examine objects, paintings, sculptures, films and other creative media across cultures and through time to better understand the evolution of artistic forms. You'll also develop stronger visual literacy and a broad understanding of art traditions. In your final year, you'll have a chance to undertake placements at the UQ Art Museum and a range of curatorial internship and professional development opportunities in Australia and internationally.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Art History major have a long history of finding employment in private galleries and public art institutions. Graduates have worked as arts writers, curators, education officers, registrars and in various arts administration positions in art galleries, art museums, state ministries and arts councils in Queensland, nationally and internationally.

Chinese / Extended

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life. China is a multi-ethnic society made up of 56 ethnic groups and has a rich heritage of cultural diversity. Since 2008 especially, China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world affairs and the Chinese language is a key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. You can also undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Chinese major develop competence in spoken (Mandarin) and written Chinese. Many of our students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, or various other fields.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting / Extended

The Chinese Translation and Interpreting major will teach you the key issues in English to Chinese translation; Chinese to English translation; English to Mandarin interpreting; and Mandarin to English interpreting, based on standards set by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). As a student in this major, you'll learn about how culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting. You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, and understand the essentials of intercultural communication.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Chinese Translation and Interpreting major have the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator (you'll need to complete further postgraduate study to fully qualify for professional accreditation with NAATI). Chinese language skills are an advantage for careers in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Classical Languages / Extended

If you're curious about the history of Western culture, then you might be interested in learning two of the most important languages from the ancient world. Classical Greek and Latin will provide you with reading and writing skills in two of the oldest languages in the world. These classical languages are not only important for studying the Greco-Roman world, but also for better understanding other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies. This major is a good fit for anyone who wants to boost their studies in law, history, ancient history, science, literature, art history or languages.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Classical Languages major typically find careers in government, publishing and editing, museums and cultural centres, archives and libraries, media, education or academia.

Criminology / Extended

Criminology draws on sociology, psychology, anthropology and the law to examine the nature of crime and the causes of criminal behaviour. The Criminology major at UQ is distinguished by its focus on crime and public policy, and its strong emphasis on sociological explanations for crime. As a student in the Criminology major, you'll be trained in social research methods and learn how to study crime and its regulation in contemporary society. Elective courses cover a broad range of topics, including youth crime, drugs and crime, and more.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Criminology major typically find careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, insurance, youth services, and in social policy and research.

Drama / Extended

Whether you're interested in creating theatre or going to the theatre, the Drama major will help you understand the performances you see and the performances you might want to make. This major focuses on theatre through time and across cultures – you'll encounter the entire spectrum of theatre practice from Antiquity to the present day, and most stops in between. The major includes contemporary performance taking place in Brisbane now and our staff includes not only full-time educators, but also industry professionals and writers with international reputations.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Drama major typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector in areas like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing. Many of our graduates also work in education, government, arts administration, arts policy, publicity, festivals and events, and marketing.

Economics / Extended

Economics is the science of decision making. As a student in the Economics major, you'll understand how individuals, communities, companies and governments make choices every day, weighing up the costs and benefits of their decisions. You'll also understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies. Students in the Economics major are well-positioned to play a leading role in the future direction of business, government and society.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Economics major are highly employable across private and public sectors in a large number of agencies, international organisations, consultancy companies, utilities, insurance companies, financial organisations, and banks. The university has a dedicated Student Employability Team for economics students, which includes meetings with coaches to provide assistance with resumes and interview preparation.

English / Extended

The courses in this major were chosen in consultation with the School of Education to meet the teaching prerequisites for education students who want to teach English or English extension in high schools. The English major combines courses from English literature, media studies, and film and television studies, to give you deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture. As a student in the English major, you'll study topics as varied as film and television, Shakespeare, digital media, and grammar.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the English major typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors. Other graduates choose to work with non-school-based education providers (such as tutoring companies), government agencies or education advocacy organisations.

English Literature / Extended

As a student in the English Literature major, you'll develop your enjoyment of reading and refine your analytical skills when you look at some of the world's major English-language novels and works. During the major, you'll study English literature from its beginnings to the present day and be introduced to a vast intellectual and cultural history. You'll also discover the infinitely different ways that men and women, from different times and places, have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined. Many of the novels, poems, plays and non-fictional works in this major rank among the greatest products created by the human mind.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the English Literature major have the ability to read and critique complex written works, communicate their ideas through convincing, fluent arguments, and appreciate and take pleasure in reading. Graduates typically work in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, law, publicity, communications, festivals and events, and marketing.

Film and Television Studies

Film and television were the most important creative forms of the 20th century and drastically reshaped society and our human experience. Film and TV continue to transform society today and are major influences on how we participate in personal and public life. The Film and Television major will teach you how to understand and analyse the development of the moving image – from its origins in the 19th century to today. You'll understand how film and TV have shaped our history, influence the present, and how they might shape our future. You'll appreciate how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screen writing, digital video production, and more.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Film and Television Studies major typically work in a broad range of roles in areas like education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture organisations, and screen corporations and film distributors. Graduates also work in arts administration, communications, journalism, writing and blogging, and in various production roles like researcher or location manager. Digital streaming has also presented graduates with a range of opportunities in development, consumer insight, research, content acquisition, design, legal, PR, marketing, data and creative services.

French / Extended

French is still one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today. In this major you'll study both French language and culture. Whether you're interested in the French language because it's one of the major diplomatic languages, or simply because you like how it sounds, you need to understand something about France and French-speaking people. Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, cultural, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the French major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing French. Many of our students study French alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, international relations, engineering, film and television, law, or various other fields.

Gender Studies (Minor)

Gender Studies is a lively, thought-provoking and very relevant field that brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world, and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities. If you're interested in topics like women, femininity, masculinity, sexuality, feminism and related areas – Gender Studies is for you. Gender Studies can only be studied as a minor. Courses cover questions around gender, both in Australia and internationally, and you'll develop insight into the construction, representation and performance of femininity and masculinity.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Gender Studies minor have the opportunity to work in both the public and private sectors in roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls around the world. Graduates can work in politics, public policy, research, or analysis; or in areas like international development, education advocacy, or social work. There are also opportunities available in women's services, media, and equity and diversity roles in HR, business and the private sector.

Geography / Extended

Geography has never been more relevant or important. Geographers are actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth by studying natural and human environments and activities. As a student in the Geography major, you'll develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems (climate, landscape, biota) and social systems (human populations, economic activity, society and culture). You'll also have the option of studying topics such as the geography of Australia, resource management, meteorology, climate change, and GIS. In total there are more than 30 elective courses to choose from.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Geography major typically work in a broad range of roles in areas like natural resource management (including coastal, river and catchment systems), national parks and wildlife conservation, ecotourism, planning the delivery of services (e.g. health or infrastructure), environmental consultancy, environmental monitoring and pollution control, transport, and planning.

German / Extended

The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Germany has been a major economic and political powerhouse since the late 1950s. Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Germany has also become increasingly important in international affairs including the mass migration of people from conflict regions in the Middle East and Africa, and the management of European debt crises. The German major offers study in German language, history and culture, including an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in contemporary German-speaking countries.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the German major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing German. Many of our students study German alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, international relations, engineering, law, commerce, or various other fields.

History / Extended

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past, about how the past should be understood and interpreted. As a student of history you'll learn about cause and consequence, change and continuity, and you'll also focus on the study of people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices. History is one of the most exciting and rewarding disciplines to study at university, and considers individuals, societies and civilisations across the globe and through time. The major is designed to develop important professional skills including the ability to initiate an original inquiry, conduct archival research, analyse documents, write convincingly, and interpret evidence.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the History major typically work in careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge. These include roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, libraries, archives, education, or the public sector.

Indonesian / Extended

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority country in the world. In the Federal Government's 2012 White Paper on "Australia in the Asian Century", Indonesian was also identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth, prosperity and regional development. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society. Language courses are available for beginning and intermediate students.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Indonesian major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing Indonesian. Many of our students study Indonesian alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, international relations, law, mining, or various other fields.

International Relations / Extended

The International Relations major equips you with the necessary theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics and how they can be understood both domestically and internationally. Courses are designed to introduce you to the forces shaping the world around you and to help you make sense of current events in their proper analytical, historical and global contexts. You can also choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights, and foreign policies of the great powers. In an era of unprecedented social and political upheaval, the International Relations major has never been more relevant.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the International Relations major typically pursue challenging and rewarding careers in a diverse range of organisations and industries, both locally and around the world. Graduates have found work as policy advisors, trade advisors, diplomats, consular attachés, humanitarian affairs advisors, international advocates in federal departments (including DFAT, and Defence), state agencies concerned with trade and economic development, international organisations like the United Nations and the World Bank, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and private sector companies with interests in international business.

Italian

Italian is one of Australia's major languages after English and is the language of an important member state of the European Union. As a student in the Italian major, you'll learn about a culture that has strongly influenced the art, music, architecture and literature of Europe and Australia. The major includes language courses from beginner to advanced levels as well as content-based courses (mostly delivered in Italian) exploring contemporary society, cinema, media, music, literature, politics, and food culture. Italian is available in a cross-institutional arrangement at Griffith University.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Italian major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing Italian. Our graduates typically work in areas like education, translation/interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy, music, culture, and defence.

Japanese / Extended

Japanese is a key world language and is used to facilitate business, research and government activity. As a student in the Japanese major, you'll broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture. The major includes speaking and writing courses from beginner to advanced levels, and courses that teach students about Japanese culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions that are used in Japanese language and society. More than 20 exchange programs with Japanese universities are available.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Japanese major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing Japanese. Many of our students study Japanese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, international relations, engineering, law, commerce, or various other fields.

Journalism and Mass Communication

The Journalism and Mass Communication major will teach you about the key ideas in global journalism, mass communication and digital media. It provides knowledge that is important for careers in media and related professions like PR, marketing, and communications – or any field that needs people who understand the changing media landscape. Courses cover the study of journalism, other forms of public communication, and the broader media environment. If you want to develop specific skills in writing, creating content, or media production, you should consider studies in the Writing major, the Bachelor of Communication or the Bachelor of Journalism.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Journalism and Mass Communication major work in practically every industry, sector and field you can think of, from the social (arts, business, government, media, law and social sciences) to the technical (engineering, information technology, sciences). They typically work in journalism, marketing, PR or communications, or in management or business roles, where their knowledge of the media is valued.

Korean / Extended

As a student in the Korean major, you'll understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions. The major includes speaking and writing courses from beginner to advanced levels, and courses that teach students about Korean culture, including contemporary Korean films, TV dramas, Internet culture and pop songs. Courses also look at honorifics in Korean language and variations in South and North Korean expressions.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Korean major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing Korean. Many of our students study Korean alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, film and television, international relations, engineering, law, commerce, or various other fields.

Latin American Studies (Minor)

The Latin American Studies minor provides a broad introduction to the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America, including the Indigenous peoples of the continent, the effects of European conquistadors and colonisers, the ideals of independence, and the contemporary continental order under the influence of the US. Courses also cover Latin American culture (particularly in the 20th century), contemporary Latin American literature, and some of the major aspects of Latin American thought and debates. Latin American Studies is only available as a minor.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Latin American Studies minor are prepared for international careers or any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America. These include roles in government, diplomacy, international relations, international development, business, finance, education, tourism and hospitality, and non-government organisations.

Linguistics / Extended

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Despite the diversity that exists in languages around the world, there are also many features that languages have in common. Linguists are interested in discovering the universal features of human languages, as well as accounting for their differences. Courses in the Linguistics major examine the sounds of language (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), and meaning (semantics), and the complex interactions between them. During your studies you'll discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Career outcomes

Graduates with a Linguistics major typically work in a huge variety of careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence (designing linguistics algorithms), software engineering (speech recognition), health sciences, education, law and publishing. Many students who study linguistics also progress to postgraduate courses in speech pathology, writing, editing and publishing, audiology, or translating and interpreting.

Mathematics / Extended

Mathematics is one of the oldest fields of study and plays a vital role in society. In recent years, there has also been an upsurge in the number of mathematicians employed in banking, finance, insurance and risk management. In the Mathematics major, you'll study a diversity of topics including calculus and linear algebra, mathematical analysis, and computational science. The Mathematics major in the Bachelor of Arts offers more than 20 different courses, so you can tailor your studies to suit your interests or career goals.

Career outcomes

Graduates with qualifications in mathematics are respected for their excellent quantitative and problem-solving abilities and have opportunities to work in a large number of roles across the public and private sectors. Many mathematics graduates study advanced degrees and go on to research positions at universities, agencies like the CSIRO or the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and private companies. There are also opportunities in the commercial world and there has been a particular increase in the number of mathematicians employed in banking, finance, insurance and risk-management.

Media and Digital Cultures

The Media and Digital Cultures major offers a distinctive critical engagement with the role of media in cultural life and the exercise of power. The major places particular emphasis on cultural practices characterised by the ubiquity of digital media technologies in everyday life. Courses cover important forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Music / Extended

Music is a powerful and evocative art form. As a student in the Music major you'll develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music. You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and approach the study of Western music in a challenging and engaging way. Courses include critical perspectives on, and historical knowledge about music, along with written and aural skills. In the extended major you'll have a choice of two streams: Musicology (the scholarly study of music) and Professional (which is designed for students who are interested in music education).

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Music major typically pursue careers in areas including education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing, as well as roles in marketing, publicity and PR for various music-focused organisations. Other graduates also pursue careers as professional musicians.

Peace and Conflict Studies / Extended

The Peace and Conflict Studies major examines issues including international conflict, peacekeeping, Indigenous politics, ethics and justice, and development politics. The aim of this major is to provide you with an understanding of the causes of political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions to them. Courses will develop your capacity to analyse social and political situations, and to engage in, and evaluate, alternative courses of action. Students in the Peace and Conflict major sometimes combine their studies with international relations, political science, or public policy to prepare for careers in government.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Peace and Conflict major typically work in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. These include roles in diplomacy and foreign affairs; defence and intelligence; government and policy; international development; humanitarian services; community services; and consulting.

Philosophy / Extended

Philosophy is a complex and often controversial subject that explores fundamental aspects of reality, value, morals and political ideas. It spans topics from science, history, art and the humanities. Philosophers are less concerned with "right" or "wrong" answers – instead they think deeply about a range of topics and develop well-constructed, informed arguments to address particular questions. The Philosophy major, then, is less about teaching you what to think and more with teaching you how to think. The Philosophy major emphasises the key role that critical thinking plays in a healthy society and will equip you to participate more fully in leadership roles in the broader community.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Philosophy typically work in a range of careers in areas including government, ethics, law, public policy, social science, education, arts and culture, and business. Philosophers with an interest in ethics sometimes also work in the fields of science, technology, health and medicine and provide input into areas like the ethics of emerging technologies, particularly those that involve cloning, artificial intelligence or genetic engineering.

Political Science / Extended

The Political Science major involves the study of political structures, processes and policies in Australia and other societies. It examines contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making and the various approaches to co-operation and conflict resolution within the international system. As a student in the Political Science major, you'll develop knowledge about different aspects of Political Science and how to integrate them, so you can better understand key political processes. You'll also be taught how to engage with and address pressing local and global issues.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Political Science major typically work in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. These include roles in diplomacy and foreign affairs; defence and intelligence; government and policy; international development; humanitarian services; community services; and consulting. Graduates also work in a range of careers anywhere that places a premium on skills like critical analysis, preparing papers in line with the protocols and conventions of the discipline, and communication.

Psychology / Extended

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think, and feel. It is a large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, as well as the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviour. As a student in the Psychology major, you'll have more than 30 courses to choose from. Introductory courses cover topics like physiological and cognitive psychology; clinical, developmental and social psychology; and research methods. Higher-level courses cover areas like neuroscience; social and organisational psychology; health psychology; and parenting and family psychology. During your studies you'll learn how to apply scientific methods to psychological phenomena, both in the classroom and in the broader world.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Psychology major must pursue further study if they want to register as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. You can learn more about requirements for registration as a psychologist in Australia from the Psychology Board of Australia. Many graduates from the Psychology major choose to undertake broader careers, and use their knowledge and skills in industries and sectors including: human resources; mental health services; youth and child support work; relationship counselling; residential care work; family and social services; public and private sector management; marketing, advertising and market research; disability support services and aged care; and juvenile justice and corrective services.

Public Policy

Interested in the political, institutional, economic, social and ideological forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy? The Public Policy major will help you understand various issues and controversies within modern governance – particularly those that relate to institutions and processes of public policy. Courses cover a broad range of topics including Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, the politics of global development, and democracy. In your final year, you can also choose to complete an internship with institutions like the Australian Federal Parliament, Queensland Parliament, or a number of national and international government and non-government agencies.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Public Policy major have superior analytical abilities for successful policymaking and typically pursue advisory careers within the public, private and community sectors. Specific roles include policy advisor, policy maker, lobbyist, community development manager, and business liaison officer.

Russian / Extended

With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and a gateway to one of the world's great cultures. The Russian major combines a comprehensive language acquisition program with studies in many other aspects of the Russian world. You'll learn about how Russian society has changed over centuries and develop an appreciation of Russian culture, including literature, drama and film. This will not only give you insight into the broader Russian world, but also encourage you to look beyond the stereotypes that often characterise our ideas of other nations.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Russian major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing Russian. Many of our students study Russian alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, international relations, engineering, law, commerce, or various other fields.

Sociology / Extended

Sociology will teach you how to look at the world in new ways. Sociologists are interested in every aspect of human social life, including how we are shaped by forces like education, socio-economic status, religion, gender, and ethnicity. They critically analyse the causes and consequences of social problems, and provide arguments about possible reasons for inequality – and how to address them. As a student in the Sociology major, you'll study key concepts and perspectives in sociology, along with research methods. Throughout the major, you'll learn how to analyse social problems and issues, and make evidence-based findings about some of the biggest issues of our time.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Sociology major typically work in a variety of roles in the public and private sectors, including as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisors, project managers, health services managers, human services consultants, social workers and lobbyists. They also work in the fields of justice and law enforcement, education, business and health.

Spanish / Extended

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people worldwide, and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is also an official language in major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank. The Spanish major includes language courses from beginner to intermediate levels, as well as courses about Latin American thinking, European film, and the broader Spanish-speaking world. Being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Spanish major develop competence in speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Many of our students study Spanish alongside courses in business, education, tourism, politics, international relations, engineering, law, commerce, or various other fields.

Sports Studies / Extended

Have you ever wondered if sport contributes more to society than health and fitness? The Sports Studies major takes a look at sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives. As a student in the Sports Studies major you'll develop a "big picture" understanding of the role and importance of sport, including how different social factors influence exercise motivation and participation, the history of sport, and the relationship between sport and health. The major also offers a range of courses about the human body and its nervous, sensory and muscular systems, which are taught through the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Sports Studies major typically undertake a diverse range of roles in social policy, journalism, management, PR and marketing, public health, education, and psychology. Many graduates find leadership positions with state and national sporting teams, the media, and international sporting organisations.

Studies in Australian Culture (Minor)

The Studies in Australian Culture minor gives you a chance to learn about Australia's unique culture, from Aboriginal and Colonial Australia to the "swinging sixties", the "nervous 1990s" and present day. You'll learn about the images, identities and politics of Australian culture and the challenges of reconciliation, youth culture, globalisation, and race and refugee issues. Studies in Australian Culture brings together key courses that let you focus on different dimensions of Australian culture, including the visual arts and Indigenous art, literature, drama, cinema, television, and other forms of popular culture.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Studies in Australian Culture minor have a strong appreciation of Australian culture and society. Our graduates typically work in both the public and private sectors in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts. They also work in various advocacy and marketing roles, where they use their knowledge of Australian culture to promote Australia as a destination for investment, trade and innovation.

Studies in Religion / Extended

In almost every culture, people have wrestled with questions about human existence through religious ideas. People today still look to religion for answers to questions about meaning, ethics and bigger life-questions. Studies in Religion is about reflecting on and understanding religious traditions, questions and values, and the Studies in Religion major offers a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences. Compulsory and elective courses cover major faiths like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, and use ideas from historians, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists and linguists. UQ has the largest religious studies department in Australia.

Career outcomes

Understanding religions and different religious practices is becoming increasingly important to global business, trade, diplomacy, development and tourism – as well as foreign affairs and government activities. Graduates of the Studies in Religion major also typically work in areas including education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, and broadcasting, where they use their cross-cultural understanding to communicate with others.

Writing / Extended

There's a knack to producing writing worth reading, and that's what this major is about. As a student in the Writing major, you'll develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works at the level of words, sentences, paragraphs and documents. You'll also learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing, and revising on paper and online. Whether you’re aiming to be a creative or a corporate writer – or simply a better writer – the Writing major will teach you how to produce compelling content for your audience in a variety of fiction and non-fiction forms.

Career outcomes

Writing skills are in demand in practically every industry, sector and field you can think of. Graduates of the Writing major have found work as professional journalists, teachers, editors, ghost-writers, publishers, science communicators, copywriters, playwrights, corporate communicators, public relations managers, travel writers, arts reviewers, bloggers, columnists, critics, feature writers, fiction writers, poets, publishing coordinators, screen writers, speech writers, and digital content developers.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors and minors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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