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Your licence to explore.

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) is your licence to explore. The flexibility of this degree allows you to shape your program around your interests and career aspirations. Through your BA you will develop a broad range of highly transferable skills and in-depth knowledge in your chosen areas of study. The BA provides the tools you need to think critically, communicate effectively, and conduct independent research.


Structure your arts degree around your interests

You will complete in-depth study in two discipline areas, which you can select from 35 areas of study. You may select two majors, completing your Arts degree with a double major. Alternatively, you may select one major and one minor area of study.

Choosing your majors and minors

A major is the most in-depth area of study you can undertake in the Bachelor of Arts. It usually comprises of ten courses over three years.

A minor is also an in-depth area of study, usually comprised of four courses over three years.

Students completing a BA must choose at least one major from Arts & Social Sciences - but don't worry, with so much choice you don’t have to choose your major until the end of first year. Electives allow for flexibility in your first year so that you can try out a few different areas of study before selecting a major.

The remainder of your arts degree includes options from other faculties and the 35 areas of study available within Arts & Social Sciences.


Students can choose from the following majors:

  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Development Studies
  • Economics (Business)
  • English
  • Environmental Humanities
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Geographical Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Human Resource Management (Business)
  • Indigenous Studies (Nura Gili)
  • International Business (Business)
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Culture & Technology
  • Music Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Spanish & Latin American Studies
  • Studies in Psychology (Science)
  • Theatre & Performance Studies

Note: All majors are also available as minors.


Students can choose from the following minors:

  • Art History and Theory (Art & Design)
  • Australian Studies
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Psychology (Science)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies


The art of standing out

You will develop sought-after skills suited to a wide range of careers. These skills include critical and creative problem solving, persuasive communication and presentation skills, an understanding of human behaviour and respect for social, cultural and individual diversity.

Where can an arts degree take you?

Our graduates can be found all over the globe in the following careers and industries:

  • Diplomacy
  • Social justice
  • Publishing
  • International affairs
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • The arts and creative industries
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • University and public administration
  • Research and academia


Vocational placements

As a student in Arts & Social Sciences you have the option to enrol in a degree credit internship course.

Our internship program provides an exciting opportunity for arts students to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.

Getting involved

Our BA students have further opportunities to gain ‘real world’ experience through a variety of options both locally and globally, including:

Overseas exchange program

You don't have to choose between overseas travel and study - you can do both! Spend a term overseas at a partner university and receive credit towards your Bachelor of Arts degree at UNSW. UNSW has over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries.


A year-long honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Arts.

Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised research, to further develop analytical skills and expand your graduate options.

Dual degrees

Graduate with two degrees and double your options

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences offer a range of dual or combined degrees.

Our dual degree programs provide the opportunity to complete two undergraduate degrees concurrently and broaden your graduate options. Many students at UNSW include the BA as one half of their combined program.

The Bachelor of Arts can be combined as a dual degree with:

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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