Bachelors of  Economics/Arts

Program code: 2095
QTAC code: 714101
CRICOS code: 013825G


St Lucia


4.25 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Why study the Bachelors of Economics/Arts

The dual degree program allows students the opportunity of combining their specialised Economics training with study in a wide range of discipline areas in the Bachelor of Arts.

When this program is studied at a standard load of four courses per semester, the final semester will comprise part-time study of only two courses. Students may decide to overload in previous semesters or undertake study in a summer semester to reduce the total duration of the program.


Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Economics/Arts are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

The Bachelors of Economics/Arts is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Economics/Arts has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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 Computer Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Market Research Society of Australia
  • Securities Institute of Australia

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 Bachelors of Economics/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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Majors and minors

The following is a list of majors and minors available in the Bachelors of Economics/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 will gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia today as well as on the major social, economic and political events and processes in Australia's history. You will gain knowledge from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers first-hand as well as from non-Indigenous staff who work closely with Indigenous communities.

Ancient History / Extended

The early Mediterranean cultures provide the foundations of Western civilisation and so their study is highly relevant today. You will learn about the history, literature, religion, philosophy, social customs, art and architecture of ancient peoples as diverse as the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks and Romans. Courses span a huge period from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and focus on a variety of important individuals, ideas and achievements, e.g. Alexander the Great, Greek democracy, and the rise of Imperial Rome. Since their achievements continue to influence modern ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History is a good way to understand the modern world.

Ancient History/History

This major offers students a wide spectrum of courses dealing with the ancient and modern worlds. Ancient History allows you to examine the early Mediterranean cultures, including their art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs. You will be able to examine early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society. History teaches you how to interrogate the past and enter into dialogue with forces that have shaped a variety of cultures of the modern world.

Anthropology / Extended

Anthropology is the study of human life and experience and teaches people how to understand cultural difference. Graduates contribute such expertise to government, industry or community organisations working with people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. In Australia, this could mean work on migrant or ethnic issues, on how and why people may be prepared to adopt new technologies, or on resolution of Aboriginal native title claims and negotiation of resource developments like mining, tourism and fishing. International work might involve economic and social development in Pacific Island countries, attitudes to environmental conservation across the globe, or corporate and consumer activities.

Archaeology / Extended

Archaeology is the scientific study of our human past and archaeologists search out and excavate ancient sites and examine artefacts to gain clues about how various peoples and cultures developed and changed through the ages. Archaeologists at UQ undertake research of international importance and their varied interests take them into the field in Australasia, the Pacific (Hawaii, Easter Island), the Mediterranean and Near East (Pompeii, Turkey), the Maya region of Central America, India and France. Students in this major can study topics, such as: the Archaeology of Australasia, Archaeology of the Pacific Islands, the Archaeology of Turkey or Egyptian Archaeology: Past, present and future

Art History / Extended

From the Renaissance to the contemporary, studying Art History enables students to explore in detail the ongoing significance of art as a platform for shaping and interpreting the worlds in which we live. The Art History major enables access to a diverse range of courses with vocational, cross-disciplinary applications. Students acquire practical skills in visual literacy and communication, critical thinking, academic research and writing, exhibition curating and design, and historical analysis, opening doors to a variety of employment pathways in the visual arts industries. The major includes courses on contemporary art and critical theory, curatorship, aesthetics, art and science, Modernism, photography, and Renaissance and Baroque Art. Specific emphasis is given to pre- and post-colonial histories of Australian art, Aboriginal art, arts of the Asia-Pacific and methodologies of art history. Art History students at the University of Queensland further benefit from a range of substantive curatorial internship and professional development opportunities across Australia and internationally, as well as intensive fieldwork courses and placements with The University of Queensland Art Museum, St Lucia.

Business and Industry

This major concentrates on economic decision making in the business sector. It covers issues such as managerial economics, industrial and labour economics, the regulatory environment and benefit/cost analysis techniques. Students develop critical skills and understanding applicable to businesses across all sectors and industries.

Businesses and industries participating in the rapid pace of international economic integration constantly seek to improve their competitiveness and efficiency. Graduates will be equipped to play a central role in any business-oriented enterprise.

Chinese / Extended

Learning Chinese at UQ opens a window to understanding Chinese culture and the Chinese way of life. A rapidly changing society with a history dating back to the 17th Century BC, China is also a multiethnic society consisting of 56 ethnic groups with a rich heritage of cultural diversity. In recent decades China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world culture, economy, and politics. 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 undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting / Extended

The major provides students with knowledge of:

  • The key issues in English>Chinese and Chinese>English translation, based on to the generic NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) paraprofessional credential.
  • The key issues in English>Mandarin and Mandarin>English interpreting, based on the generic NAATI paraprofessional credential.
  • The influence of source and target culture on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  • The influence of text genre on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  • The key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, as defined by NAATI.
  • The essential foundations of language and intercultural communication.

Classical Languages / Extended

One fascinating way to explore the depths of another culture is to familiarise yourself with the languages in which those ideas were originally presented. Classical Greek and Latin provide students with a basis to further their reading and writing skills in two of the oldest languages in the world. These two classical languages have traditionally held a central position in Western education, and they remain important for the study not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also of the languages, ideas and literatures (including English) of societies that grew out of the classical world. This major is ideal for students studying a dual program, as it will enhance studies in law, science or languages.

Criminology / Extended

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in the social and behavioural sciences, drawing on the areas of sociology, psychology and psychiatry, anthropology and law. The criminology major at UQ is distinguished by its theoretical and methodological focus on crime and public policy. The major is strongly underpinned by sociological theories, and students undertaking this major become highly trained in social research methods and critical thinking, and learn to examine crime and its regulation within the context of social, economic and political shifts in contemporary society. The major is strongly cross-disciplinary and enables students to combine criminology with other fields of study such as sociology, political science, law, psychology, history and philosophy.

Drama / Extended

Seeing and critiquing professional performance, reading plays from around the world and throughout the past 2000 years, honing your performance skills: These are all part of the UQ Drama major. You will learn how to interpret theatre through time and across cultures, but you will also be challenged to think about what constitutes performance, not only on the stage, but on the page and in everyday life. You will develop an understanding of the theatrical and literary aspects of drama, from ancient Greek classics to medieval theatre to the most recent Australian, Asian-Pacific, American and European plays. You do not have to audition but there are practical performance options at advanced level.

Economics and Public Policy

The economics and public policy major is an economics-centred, multidisciplinary major, designed to provide students with an opportunity to understand how government intervention affects the economy in an increasingly globalised world. The major focuses on the economic analytical tools needed to design and evaluate public policies. Core courses in public finance and regulatory economics emphasise the rationale for government intervention and the theoretical framework that underpins the nature of such intervention. Elective courses include advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied econometrics and a range of policy oriented courses. The major also provides students with the necessary multidisciplinary approaches to deal with public policy problems, including elective courses in political sciences.

English / Extended

English is the medium of communication, business and entertainment for millions of people around the world. From witty plays and elegant films to pungent protest songs and complex novels, it allows people to formulate and convey their particular vision of the world and their often urgent desire to celebrate or improve it. Students will examine examples of English at work in different circumstances, ranging from poetry to television and the Internet.

English Literature / Extended

The English literature major introduces students to one of the world's key literary traditions as well as to contemporary global English-language literary culture. Undertaking the formal study of English literature from its beginnings to the present day is to be introduced to a vast intellectual and cultural history--one that records the almost infinitely different ways in which men and women, from a great variety of different times and places, have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined. Many of the novels, poems, plays and non-fictional works students encounter in this program rank amongst the greatest products of the human mind. The major also introduces students to some influential ways of thinking about literature.

English as an International Language / Extended

Migration, mobility, and interconnection increasingly characterize life across the globe, leading to a need to understand social interaction in contact zones. The major in English as an International Language is designed for students of all language backgrounds wishing to deepen their understanding of the ways in which English is used as a global means of communication. Through the study of language use and language change when people of different backgrounds communicate, the major prepares students to engage creatively with living spaces and workplaces characterized by super-diversity.

Film and Television Studies

Film and Television Studies at UQ introduces the language of screen media and the principal ways in which they are written about and analysed. The major focus is on popular film and television and the contexts within which they are produced and received. This includes studying contemporary and historical film movements, various film and television genres, Hollywood texts, Australian screen media, and films from a range of national cinemas. Students will develop practical skills through assignments involving film reviewing, storyboarding, screenwriting, pitching, digital video production and creating film trailers in addition to academic writing, research, critique and analysis.

French / Extended

The French language is still today one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is estimated that it is used by 77 million people as their first language and that it is spoken by a total of 128 million people. In this major you will study both French language and culture concurrently. Whether you wish to study French because it is one of the major diplomatic languages of the world; or simply because it is the language of love; you will need to understand something about French and Francophone culture. You are able to study French without any prior knowledge or having done French at high school.

Gender Studies (Minor)

Gender Studies is available as a minor. The focus is upon the role and importance of gender in human interactions within both Australian and global cultures. You will build 'gender literacy''a developed understanding of the conceptual frameworks used by feminist thinkers and gender theorists, and the tools for analysing and discussing the construction, representation and performance of femininity and masculinity. This will be applied to fields of inquiry including popular fiction, media (traditional and new) and politics and, at advanced levels, to specialised areas selected from literature, sociology, indigenous studies, development and internationalism, and philosophy.

Geography / Extended

Geography has never been more relevant or important to society and its future. With the Earth's population set to expand from seven billion to nine billion in the next 50 years, humans will be influenced by the environment more than ever before. The world will need professionals who are able to monitor and assess changes. Geographers study patterns and processes of natural and built environments and of human activities, and their causes and consequences. They collect, analyse and report this information to enable informed decision making to take place. Geographers are actively involved in addressing many of today's big issues such as climate change and population growth.

German / Extended

German is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth, and a major community language in Australia. The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Australia welcomes tens of thousands of tourists from those countries every year. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world, and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. German language skills are an asset in many careers, including international relations, international business, tourism, interpreting/translation, teaching and the sciences. Whether you have studied German at high school or never studied it at all, it is possible for you to study German at UQ.

History / Extended

History provides an essential framework for all the humanities and social sciences. It is an on-going dialogue between the present and the past: about how the past should be understood and interpreted, and about the meanings we should assign to the past. An informed understanding of the present and our expectations for the future go hand-in-hand with knowledge of history. The study of history further promotes the acquisition of important professional skills such as the ability to initiate an original inquiry, conduct archival research and documentary analysis and interpret evidence. At UQ, topics within this major include: Great Empires, Genocide, Global History, The Foundations of Europe and Islamic Civilisation.

Indonesian / Extended

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority nation. With more than 300 million speakers, Indonesian is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society are offered through the Indonesian studies major. Indonesian is also commonly studied together with majors in Asian Studies, International Relations, Business, Law and Development. In the federal governments 2012 White Paper on `Australia in the Asian Century', Indonesian was identified as one of the crucial language skills areas for development. Indonesian at UQ is available for beginning, immediate and advanced students.

International Relations / Extended

The major in international relations will give students in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs, the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics, and a diverse range of state and non-state actors. It will provide students with in-depth knowledge of core issues in world politics, and different theoretical approaches and conceptual frameworks for understanding world politics. Graduates of this major will be able to apply theories of, and concepts in, international relations to make sense of world politics, problem-solve in complex political terrains, critically analyse and synthesise information to provide guidance in foreign policy, think strategically and ethically about national interests, communicate effectively, apply their knowledge to a rapidly shifting global landscape, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact. Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

International Trade and Finance

This major focuses on the economics and financial systems, mechanisms and emerging issues in an increasingly globalised economy. The key factors and impacts associated with this international phenomenon are studied, along with the management and policy responses of governments and business. Students develop an understanding of the complex nature of economics in the international environment and its close relationship with financial management firms.


It has never been easier to study Italian for your degree at UQ. You can study Italian language & culture as a cross-institutional student through Griffith University. Applying is as easy as completing an online application form. Italian is Australia's major language after English and the language of an important member state of the European Union. Studying Italian will give you knowledge of a culture which has strongly influenced the art, music, architecture and literature of Europe & 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, popular culture and food culture. The student-centred teaching approach promotes not only the development of linguistic and cultural competences but also personal language learning strategies, reflective independent learning and research-based learning. You will explore Italian though new communication technologies - such as blogs, wikis and mobile phones as well as in face-to-face meetings with native speakers. Past students have gone on to establish careers in a variety of fields, from education, law, migration services & business.

Japanese / Extended

Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. It is particularly useful if you are seeking a career in business, tourism, technology, the media, art, literature or education. Learning to use Japanese broadens the scope of your personal, social and professional networks giving you the potential to travel, live and work in Japan and to engage with speakers of Japanese in Australia, Japan and elsewhere. More than 20 exchange programs with prestigious Japanese universities are available to allow students to advance their linguistic skills and cultural understanding through in-country experience.

Journalism and Mass Communication

In this major, you can study in the areas of global journalism, mass communication, digital media. It prepares graduates for jobs where critical understanding, flexibility, research, analytical and communication skills are required (including careers in journalism, digital media strategy, the media and entertainment industry, and mass communication. The Journalism and Mass Communication major provides a broader basis for careers in mass communication, journalism and the media as well as a wide range of other occupations where critical understanding, flexibility, research, analytical and communication skills and proficiency in communication are required.

Korean / Extended

Students who study and use the Korean language will gain a profound appreciation of different ways of thinking, a diverse history and rich cultural traditions. Students will experience contemporary Korean popular culture such as films and TV drama. Korean skills give you a competitive edge in the job market, for example in law, business, tourism, teaching, finance, diplomacy, journalism, science, information technology, manufacturing, and any area with an international focus. Presently in Korea there are many English teaching positions available, from kindergarten to university level.

Latin American Studies (Minor)

The Minor provides students with:

  • a broad conceptual knowledge and foundation for further study in the area of Latin American Studies.
  • key issues of the Indigenous and Pre-Hispanic World, Hispanic Heritage, Latin America in the 20th Century, and Brazil;
  • the symbiosis between Latin American cultural production and its social and political realities in the 20th century;
  • knowledge of the most significant contemporary Latin American literary production, trends and debates;
  • a foundational understanding of Latin America's intellectual history

Linguistics / Extended

Linguistics explores the structure of language, its uses and applications in society, connecting theoretical, descriptive and applied studies which address problems and issues in human communication. Courses in the structure of language examine its sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax) and meaning (semantics), and the complex interactions between these properties. Students also study the way languages change across time (historical linguistics), how different regional, social or occupational varieties develop (sociolinguistics), and how language is used in discourse (pragmatics).

Mathematics / Extended

Demand is at an all-time high for trained mathematicians. Statistics, operations research and financial mathematics are the areas of mathematics most often used in industry and there has been a particular upsurge in the number of mathematicians employed in banking, finance, insurance and risk management. Graduates with a degree in any area of mathematics are respected for their excellent quantitative and problem- solving abilities and gain a wide range of rewarding positions in the public and private sectors. UQ offers a wide range of courses in mathematics and its applications. In first year, students study essential topics in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. In later years, there is an emphasis new ideas in mathematics and include recent applications in coding and cryptology.

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 one of the most powerful and evocative of arts forms. The music major will help you to understand music's diverse social and historical meanings and well as providing you with a key to its written and aural complexities. You will approach the study of Western art music in a challenging and engaging way, incorporating critical perspectives and historical knowledge along with written and aural skills. Students contemplating the extended major will have a choice of two streams: a musicological stream which further develops the aspects described above, and a professional stream designed for students interested in the professional field of Music Education.

Music Psychology (Minor)

Music psychology examines how people think, feel and behave in relation to music. It helps you to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the human mind, brain and behaviour, emotion, learning and development, and social interaction, through to the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music. You will learn how music and related psychological processes operate in larger socio-cultural contexts, and experience connections with the world beyond the University. You will develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills through the courses that transfer usefully to other domains and contexts. Pathways for graduates include practical application of knowledge and skills in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts, and postgraduate study in allied music psychology fields.

Natural Resources and Environment

With the growing awareness at the international, regional, national and local levels of the ecological and economic importance of our diverse natural resources, effective and efficient use of these assets is a significant social and political issue. This major provides the tools of economic analysis for application to problems associated with the allocation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources, including fish/marine; forests; agricultural and recreational land; river systems; local and global environments; energy and minerals.

Students who complete this specialisation will have gained the analytical abilities to apply to challenges facing business, government and the community at large and the understanding of the key issues and trade-offs we face in a world of increasing competition, globalisation and natural resource depletion.

Peace and Conflict Studies / Extended

The major views peace and conflict studies as a distinctive ethical and intellectual approach to the causes and dynamics of conflict. It will provide an in-depth understanding of equity, diversity and inclusivity in peace and conflict dynamics. It will give students in-depth knowledge of strategies and processes for responding to, managing and resolving conflict from the local to the international; peacebuilding and the non-violent resolution of conflictl and the relationship between the theories and practices of conflict mediation and management. Graduates of this major will be able to analyse the causes and dynamics of conflict, assess and evaluate evidence, design and promote strategies for peace and conflict resolution, articulate the advantages of peace and conflict resolution approaches, design peace and conflict interventions with a diverse array of stakeholders, recognise the importance of equity, diversity and inclusivity in developing peace and conflict resolution strategies, negotiate and problem-solve, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact. Graduates of this major will be responsive to human differences, critical and analytical thinkers, ethical regarding the lived experience of people in conflict, and open-minded.

Philosophy / Extended

Philosophy examines fundamental problems such as the scope and limits of human knowledge, the ultimate constituents of reality, the sources of value and obligation and the nature of correct reasoning. All this began with attempts to answer two deceptively simple questions: What can we know? And how should we live? Philosophy aims not to teach you what to think, but how to think. UQ not only offers students the only accredited philosophy major in Queensland but also provides students with opportunities to study with internationally recognised philosophers in a research-intensive environment, across the breadth of the discipline. Emphasizing the key role that critical thinking plays in a healthy society, the major equips students to participate more fully in leadership roles in the broader community.

Political Science / Extended

The major in political science will give students in-depth understanding of competing visions of society and global complexity; power, authority and regulation; conflict and cooperation in democratic societies; and political identity. It will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of ideas, ideologies, formal and informal institutions, political culture, participation and citizenship, representation and democracy. Graduates of this major will be able to practice democratic problem-solving, exercise capacity for independent thought and decision-making, skilfully analyse, demonstrate individual and collaborative written and oral communication skills, understand and engage with collective decision making, locate their own political identity and values, assess the plausibility of facts and arguments, identify core assumptions that animate political actions, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact. Graduates of this major will be adaptive, able to view problems from multiple vantage points, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are confident in their capacity for political leadership.

Professional Pathways: Humanity and Society (Minor)

Professional Pathways: Humanity and Society is a future-facing minor designed to complement, utilise and provide communication between students' humanities, arts and social sciences course choices. It will prepare students for the many potential professional pathways that await them upon graduation, and for a successful career in the culturally, politically and digitally diverse communities. Throughout the program, students will develop skills such as intellectual agility, textual and digital literacy, creative and critical thinking, collaborative and communication techniques, all of which will make them competitive in the future job market. Furthermore, this diverse minor will facilitate smooth and productive transitions between the many disciplinary languages and methodologies within the BA, and help students develop, understand and communicate their unique professional profile.

Professional Writing and Communication

You will be introduced to professional writing and digital communication skills including multi-media story-telling and production, media design, basic public relations writing, and editing and publishing practices. The course of study will provide you with an introductory set of skills that you can use in a contemporary workplace or in a career where clear writing and creative communication in print or digital modes are required.

This single major (like the single major in Journalism and Mass Communication) is intended as a practice-driven suite with appeal to domestic and international students considering the Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland. This major may particularly appeal to domestic or international BA students as a 'second' or ancillary major'providing a focus on vocational skills'with which they might augment their curiosity-driven studies in other areas.

Psychology / Extended

Psychology is a broad ranging discipline that includes the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes, and the systematic application of this knowledge in specific contexts such as mental health (clinical psychology), work (organisational psychology), education or sport. Many people who study psychology will not go on to become psychologists, but will find their training in psychology to be highly relevant and useful in their lives and work. Those who do become psychologists may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, government bodies, large corporations, or in private practice.

Public Policy

The major in public policy will give students in-depth understanding of how society uses power, institutions and ideas to solve collective problems. It will provide students with in-depth understanding of the role of individual and collective action in solving complex problems, components of the policy process, the role of evidence in the production and dissemination of knowledge, and institutions and institutional landscapes and how they provide context for public policy. It will give students in-depth knowledge of the ethics of public service and how governments work. Graduates of this major will be able to apply different analytical lenses to decision making in public policy, lead and innovate in public policy development and delivery, assess and evaluate policy and the feasibility of policy alternatives, model decision making and policy change, demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills, and translate learning into policy, engagement and impact. Graduates of this major will be adaptive, committed to public service broadly defined, active, engaged and participatory citizens, and able to appreciate and value diversity.

Quantitative Methods

With a strong mathematical and modelling focus, students are provided with the critical scientific techniques to successfully measure, analyse, project and model a diverse set of economic factors and scenarios. Graduates are equipped to facilitate better management decision-making, by providing economic analysis that is scientifically-based, verifiable and objective.

You can select courses in the areas of econometrics, benefit/cost analysis, advanced mathematical economics, business and economic decision techniques, and experimental economics.


With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and at the same time a gateway to one of the world's great cultures. Your major will combine a comprehensive language acquisition program from beginners' level with studies in many other aspects of the Russians' world. Learning to understand how the Russian State has expanded and Russian society has evolved over the centuries or developing an appreciation of Russian literature, drama or film not only gives you insights into the wider context within which the language is used, but also encourages you to look beyond the stereotypes and clichés that often characterise our notions of other nations.

Sociology / Extended

Sociologists analyse social change and investigate patterns of social behaviour. They use critical and analytical skills to discover the causes and consequences of social problems, to establish future directions of change, and to interpret the reasons for gender, ethnic, racial and class inequalities that have occurred in the past and are occurring in the present. Sociological study provides you with the intellectual tools to analyse and to build evidence-based findings on the pressing issues of our time. The Sociology major at UQ uncovers the heart of the disciplines underlying interest in inequality, power, cultural identity and the future of global society.

Spanish / Extended

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is an official language in international bodies such as the United Nations and World Bank. With Australia's increased exposure to the world economy and competitive labour market, being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills. There is also a strong tradition in the areas of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, which this major will explore.

Sports Studies / Extended

Sports studies provides you with an understanding of the sport and leisure industries from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives. You will undertake courses in the social science and humanities areas of the study of sport as well as courses relating to the sociology of sport and the human body in society. The growth in the sport, physical activity and health industries over the past two decades has created a range of employment opportunities in the areas of social policy, journalism, management, marketing, planning and development, education, and psychology. Sports Studies graduates currently hold leadership positions with State and national sporting teams, the media and international sporting organisations.

Studies in Australian Culture (Minor)

Studies in Australian Culture introduces students to the varieties of Australian culture across a range of forms and media including film, literature, drama, television, the visual arts and popular cultural practices. In addition to gaining knowledge of the production, distribution and consumption of Australian culture in particular media, the program offers students the opportunity for comparative study across different forms and different historical periods. Students will gain an understanding of the key social and political issues influencing Australian cultural expressions and cultural institutions. In providing an understanding of the means by which national cultures are constituted the place of Australian culture within international structures will also be examined.

Studies in Religion / Extended

Religion and spiritual ideas have shaped and continue to shape many societies across the globe. You now have the opportunity to expand your religious and spiritual horizons, increase your knowledge of (some of) these traditions and ideas and to develop critical methods of evaluating them. Studies in Religion offers courses by professional and highly enthusiastic teachers in the areas of Western and Eastern religious traditions, spiritual practices and religious thought, in the psychology of religion, in new religious movements, and in the original languages of the sacred texts of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Writing / Extended

There's a knack to producing writing worth reading, and that's what this major will help you to achieve. You will develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works at the word, sentence, paragraph, and document level. You will learn strategies for designing, structuring and writing, and revising on paper and online. Whether you are aiming to be a creative or a corporate writer, this major will train you to produce compelling, career-enhancing writing in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $39,904
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Economics/Arts for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

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International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelors of Economics/Arts depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelors of Economics/Arts is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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