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Bachelor of Arts

Overview

One degree. Endless opportunities. Discover your passion while equipping yourself with the skills to succeed in the changing, global workplace.

The future of work is unknown, with people and enterprise skills in increasing demand across all industries. UQ’s Bachelor of Arts graduates are ideally placed to thrive and adapt to this changing environment. 

The Bachelor of Arts provides you with creative and critical thinking skills that help you build a portfolio of skills and capabilities that can be transferred across industries.

With one of the most comprehensive course offerings in Australia, you have the opportunity to explore the subjects you love by choosing from more than 40 study areas across the humanities, social sciences and languages.

You'll have access to a range of internships, work experience opportunities and field work tailored to your career aspirations. These will allow you to develop professional skills, build powerful networks, and learn how to thrive in the future workplace.

Take advantage of UQ’s extensive global network by spending time overseas through short-term mobility and exchange programs – UQ has agreements with more than 200 universities in 41 countries.

You can even combine your Bachelor of Arts with 15 other undergraduate degrees including Law, Engineering, Science or Business, and complete two degrees in a shorter time.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
707001
Program Code
2000
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$34208 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
707001
Program Code
2000
CRICOS Code
001942A
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop the transferable skills essential to long-term job success across multiple sectors for your entire career.
  • Choose from more than 40 study areas across the humanities, social sciences and languages.
  • Take the opportunity to study overseas at one of our international partner universities for up to one year while still gaining credit towards your degree.

85 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History/History
  • Anthropology

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • The Brain and Behavioural Sciences
  • Creative Writing: Narrative Fiction
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • Art in the Modern World

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Communication and engagement officer
  • Cultural support liaison
  • Employment consultant
  • Education administration officer
  • Local history technician
  • History teacher
  • Academic researcher
  • Arts and cultural facilitator

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Psychological Society

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
127526

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 208.58 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Because of the flexible nature of the BA degree program, BA students are ideally placed to participate in UQ's student exchange program. Many areas of study within the BA offer formal exchange programs to overseas Universities.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Arts for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median9 / 829 / 83
Lowest13 / 7212 / 75

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

16827.14%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

335.33%

(C) Work and life experience

274.36%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
26943.46%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5<5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
243.88%

International students

9715.67%

Total

619100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Arts are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Indigenous Australia constitutes the world’s oldest continuous culture.

In this major, you'll develop connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and strengthen your skills to think creatively and critically as a citizen of the world.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

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Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures, which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Travel to exotic destinations and explore the past at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.

Graduates find fascinating careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge and understanding of human society and cultures.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of 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.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Gain practical experience through fieldwork and overseas opportunities, and access world-class facilities, including UQ's Anthropology Museum – home to the largest university collection of ethnographic material culture in Australia.

Graduates work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first-hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

Unlock the secrets of the past and learn how cultures have developed and changed through the ages.

Develop unique, practical skills and embark on a global profession with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, and educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

In this major, you'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Access to the UQ Art Museum will add another dimension to your creative learning.

You'll be prepared for employment in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life, and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

Build international awareness and boost your employability by studying Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese 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.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

This major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding of other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Take your talents into careers in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

Criminology

Explore who commits crimes and why, where and when people are likely to offend, which crimes cause most harm, and how to control and prevent crime.

Gain hands-on professional practice and deep industry engagement by studying criminology at UQ.

Learn how the criminal justice system works, and build the skills needed to develop and implement evidence-based crime policies and practices.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Examine, experience and create theatre in a program that offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in Australia.

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

Work with leading global practitioners to develop work in our specialised studio facilities. Learn to understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision-making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity.

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

View

English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading, and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Career paths lead to opportunities in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

View

Film and Television Studies

This major introduces you to the history, theory, and criticism of film and television.

Explore the commerce and aesthetics of film and television across cultures and history.

Critically analyse film and television style, and examine new industry and artistic trends ushered in by digital media.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Be in global demand by learning one of the world's most widely spoken languages.

Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. Learning the language, history and culture can improve your career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

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History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

Learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices through courses that are diverse and fascinating.

World-class historians will provide you with rich offerings in European, Asian and Australian history, from the medieval period right through to contemporary history.

History graduates develop important research, writing and presentation skills that are highly valued by employers, and can lead to work in museums, publishing and international agencies.

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Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

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International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics.

It covers the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia’s role in global affairs; and the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics.

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.

Choose from courses on foreign policy, terrorism, gender, political economy, security studies and more.

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Italian

This major focuses on the culture, art, music, architecture and literature of Italy.

You'll study language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as courses (delivered mostly in Italian) that explore Italian literature, society, history, politics, cinema, popular culture and food culture.

You may choose to undertake a work-integrated learning experience in Italy – further enhancing your employability in many careers.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, translation/interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy.

Italian is available cross-institutionally at Griffith University. Details of courses are available on the Griffith University website. To study an Italian course, visit the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance to submit your application.

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Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks.

Japanese is a key world language used in cultural and economic pursuits, research and diplomacy around the world.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

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Journalism and Mass Communication

Gain the knowledge vital for exciting careers in media and related professions.

Courses cover the study of journalism and other forms of public communication, along with global journalism, mass communication and digital media.

Career opportunities can be found in arts, business, government and business, marketing, communications or public relations.

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Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich culture.

In this major we offer speaking and writing courses along with teaching about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students combine this major with courses in various fields like business, education or tourism, where their major in Korean can prove to be an asset for future career opportunities.

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Legal Education Studies

This major prepares students to teach Legal Studies in secondary schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities.

The major includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - criminal, civil and business law, international law and human rights law.

Elective courses cover topics including offender rehabilitation and crime prevention.

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Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Explore contemporary digital cultures around the globe and broaden your horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about new forms of media consumption and cultural practice, digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in the events, marketing, media and communication fields.

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Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll explore the written and aural complexities of music, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

This major focuses on employability through numerous partnerships with performing arts organisations, festivals and internship programs.

Graduate career options include professional musician and other roles in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

In this major, you'll be taught by world-class academics who provide insight on conflict prevention strategies, international peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, peace-building and conflict reconciliation processes.

You’ll also explore ethics, justice, gender, Indigenous politics and development issues.

A degree majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies can lead to a global career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

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Philosophy

Be introduced to the history of philosophy and the philosophy of disciplines such as art, science, education and politics.

Explore key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics .

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments, and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies you'll develop critical thinking, communication and complex reasoning skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles.

You'll also learn about different research methods and analysis that can be applied throughout your degree.

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Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

By studying this major you will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to address pressing local and global issues.

Learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and get a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

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Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music-making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

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Professional Writing and Communication

Gain the professional communication skills necessary for a contemporary workplace.

Study includes multimedia storytelling and production, media design, public relations writing, editing and publishing practices.

This major will prepare you for careers that require clear writing and creative communication in print or digital modes.

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Psychology

Enjoy the variety of this large discipline, which covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Policy

Learn how to influence the forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll gain the skills needed through courses like Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, development and democracy.

Use your analytical abilities for careers within the public, private and community sectors, with roles including policy adviser, policy maker and lobbyist.

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Russian

In this major you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries.

You will develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

Develop competence in skills that can lead to careers in business, education, law or various other fields.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socioeconomic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses cover Latin American thinking, European film, and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The career fields are diverse, and include journalism, management, PR and marketing, public health, education and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion plays a pivotal role in every part of the world, and continues to shape societies across the globe.

Understanding religion is crucial in order to understand our past and present.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. It offers a critical, multidisciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

You'll be prepared for work in areas including education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

Work with world-renowned creative practitioners to learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising, and build a portfolio career in the changing publishing landscape.

Extend your networks and knowledge of the industry to become a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer in general.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates have found work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghostwriters, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world, and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Latin American Studies

Explore the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America.

Learn about its Indigenous peoples, and the effects of conquistadors, colonisers and the USA. Courses also cover Latin American culture in contemporary times.

This minor can prepare you for any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America, like government, diplomacy, business, education or development.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction, and the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Studies in Australian Culture

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, and the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge of Australia in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Indigenous Australia constitutes the world’s oldest continuous culture.

In this major, you'll develop connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and strengthen your skills to think creatively and critically as a citizen of the world.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

View

Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures, which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Travel to exotic destinations and explore the past at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.

Graduates find fascinating careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge and understanding of human society and cultures.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of 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.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Gain practical experience through fieldwork and overseas opportunities, and access world-class facilities, including UQ's Anthropology Museum – home to the largest university collection of ethnographic material culture in Australia.

Graduates work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first-hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

Unlock the secrets of the past and learn how cultures have developed and changed through the ages.

Develop unique, practical skills and embark on a global profession with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, and educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

In this major, you'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Access to the UQ Art Museum will add another dimension to your creative learning.

You'll be prepared for employment in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life, and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

Build international awareness and boost your employability by studying Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese 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.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

This major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding of other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Take your talents into careers in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

Criminology

Explore who commits crimes and why, where and when people are likely to offend, which crimes cause most harm, and how to control and prevent crime.

Gain hands-on professional practice and deep industry engagement by studying criminology at UQ.

Learn how the criminal justice system works, and build the skills needed to develop and implement evidence-based crime policies and practices.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Examine, experience and create theatre in a program that offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in Australia.

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

Work with leading global practitioners to develop work in our specialised studio facilities. Learn to understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision-making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity.

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

View

English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading, and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Career paths lead to opportunities in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

View

Film and Television Studies

This major introduces you to the history, theory, and criticism of film and television.

Explore the commerce and aesthetics of film and television across cultures and history.

Critically analyse film and television style, and examine new industry and artistic trends ushered in by digital media.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

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German

Be in global demand by learning one of the world's most widely spoken languages.

Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. Learning the language, history and culture can improve your career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

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History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

Learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices through courses that are diverse and fascinating.

World-class historians will provide you with rich offerings in European, Asian and Australian history, from the medieval period right through to contemporary history.

History graduates develop important research, writing and presentation skills that are highly valued by employers, and can lead to work in museums, publishing and international agencies.

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Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

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International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics.

It covers the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia’s role in global affairs; and the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics.

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.

Choose from courses on foreign policy, terrorism, gender, political economy, security studies and more.

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Italian

This major focuses on the culture, art, music, architecture and literature of Italy.

You'll study language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as courses (delivered mostly in Italian) that explore Italian literature, society, history, politics, cinema, popular culture and food culture.

You may choose to undertake a work-integrated learning experience in Italy – further enhancing your employability in many careers.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, translation/interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy.

Italian is available cross-institutionally at Griffith University. Details of courses are available on the Griffith University website. To study an Italian course, visit the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance to submit your application.

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Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks.

Japanese is a key world language used in cultural and economic pursuits, research and diplomacy around the world.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

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Journalism and Mass Communication

Gain the knowledge vital for exciting careers in media and related professions.

Courses cover the study of journalism and other forms of public communication, along with global journalism, mass communication and digital media.

Career opportunities can be found in arts, business, government and business, marketing, communications or public relations.

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Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich culture.

In this major we offer speaking and writing courses along with teaching about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students combine this major with courses in various fields like business, education or tourism, where their major in Korean can prove to be an asset for future career opportunities.

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Legal Education Studies

This major prepares students to teach Legal Studies in secondary schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities.

The major includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - criminal, civil and business law, international law and human rights law.

Elective courses cover topics including offender rehabilitation and crime prevention.

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Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Explore contemporary digital cultures around the globe and broaden your horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about new forms of media consumption and cultural practice, digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in the events, marketing, media and communication fields.

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Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll explore the written and aural complexities of music, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

This major focuses on employability through numerous partnerships with performing arts organisations, festivals and internship programs.

Graduate career options include professional musician and other roles in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

In this major, you'll be taught by world-class academics who provide insight on conflict prevention strategies, international peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, peace-building and conflict reconciliation processes.

You’ll also explore ethics, justice, gender, Indigenous politics and development issues.

A degree majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies can lead to a global career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

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Philosophy

Be introduced to the history of philosophy and the philosophy of disciplines such as art, science, education and politics.

Explore key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics .

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments, and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies you'll develop critical thinking, communication and complex reasoning skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles.

You'll also learn about different research methods and analysis that can be applied throughout your degree.

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Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

By studying this major you will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to address pressing local and global issues.

Learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and get a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

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Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music-making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

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Professional Writing and Communication

Gain the professional communication skills necessary for a contemporary workplace.

Study includes multimedia storytelling and production, media design, public relations writing, editing and publishing practices.

This major will prepare you for careers that require clear writing and creative communication in print or digital modes.

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Psychology

Enjoy the variety of this large discipline, which covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Policy

Learn how to influence the forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll gain the skills needed through courses like Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, development and democracy.

Use your analytical abilities for careers within the public, private and community sectors, with roles including policy adviser, policy maker and lobbyist.

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Russian

In this major you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries.

You will develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

Develop competence in skills that can lead to careers in business, education, law or various other fields.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socioeconomic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses cover Latin American thinking, European film, and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The career fields are diverse, and include journalism, management, PR and marketing, public health, education and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion plays a pivotal role in every part of the world, and continues to shape societies across the globe.

Understanding religion is crucial in order to understand our past and present.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. It offers a critical, multidisciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

You'll be prepared for work in areas including education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

Work with world-renowned creative practitioners to learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising, and build a portfolio career in the changing publishing landscape.

Extend your networks and knowledge of the industry to become a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer in general.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates have found work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghostwriters, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world, and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Latin American Studies

Explore the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America.

Learn about its Indigenous peoples, and the effects of conquistadors, colonisers and the USA. Courses also cover Latin American culture in contemporary times.

This minor can prepare you for any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America, like government, diplomacy, business, education or development.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction, and the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Studies in Australian Culture

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, and the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge of Australia in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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Fees and Scholarships

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 $34,208

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Arts for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Arts is 707001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Arts is 2000.

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Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

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Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Bachelor of Arts and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.