Courses & Units

Bachelor of Arts 13A

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Distance Hobart


What is the Bachelor of Arts?The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is the largest and most popular degree at the University of Tasmania and at most universities around the world. The BA comprises diverse fields of study in the humanities (studies of the history, literature and cultures of human civilisation), and the social sciences (studies of sociology, politics and other forms of human behaviour and organization).

The flexibility of the BA allows you to either explore a single field of study in depth or to range widely and study several different fields.

At the University Tasmania, the Bachelor of Arts includes opportunities for you to integrate international experience and work placement opportunities into your degree.

What will I learn from a Bachelor of Arts?On successfully completing a Bachelor of Arts, you will be able to:


  • demonstrate a broad general knowledge across a range of humanities and/or social science disciplines and an in-depth knowledge in one or more of these

Critical Thinking & Research Skills

  • seek out, critically evaluate and apply information and different perspectives 


  • effectively communicate disciplinary perspectives and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral and visual means

Intercultural Competence

  • recognize and reflect on social, cultural, political, ethical and environmental issues in the local, cross-cultural and global contexts

Work Readiness

  • demonstrate self-management, creativity, flexibility, initiative and resilience in readiness for diverse workplace demands


Course Name Bachelor of Arts
Course Abbreviation BA
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 001694A
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts



Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Cradle Coast Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Distance Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school


The Bachelor of Arts offers the opportunity for a liberal education. Students are able to exercise choice across a wide range of disciplines. These include the humanities (Ancient Civilisations, Ancient Greek, Latin, English, History, Asian Languages, European Languages and Philosophy), the social sciences (Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology) and interdisciplinary studies (Aboriginal Studies, Asian Studies, Asian Religions and Comparative Philosophy, Criminology, European Studies, Gender Studies and Journalism, Media & Communications) as well as visual and performing arts (Art Theory, Music History, Music Skills and Music Technology).

The program develops general abilities in the following areas:

  • written expression
  • linguistic skills
  • creative self-expression
  • capacity to analyse and interpret in a dispassionate and objective manner
  • capacity for reasoned criticism
  • data acquisition and analysis
  • research techniques
  • marshalling facts in support of arguments, and
  • evaluating the possible outcomes of alternative courses of action, with the emphasis varying according to the particular program chosen.

In short, the program helps students to operate in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Career Outcomes

In Australia and around the world, employers are increasingly seeing graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed that flexibility of thought which technical and vocational training rarely encourages. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree find jobs in, for example: advertising, journalism, radio and television; the arts, heritage and museology; diplomacy, interpreting and tourism; management, marketing and administration; politics, the public service, the police force and the armed forces; teaching, research and publishing; psychology, counselling and community work.

Additional Information

Credit for previous study

A person holding another award from this University or another approved institution may be permitted by the Faculty to count towards the BA, units from the former award to a maximum of 100% (8 x 12.5% student electives). Students need to apply for credit when applying for entry to the BA. Credit is only considered for study completed ten years ago or less. Units from courses offered by other Faculties of the University may be included in the degree provided they do not exceed the permissible weighting (see course structure ).

Examples of credit awarded towards a BA:

Course/Award Credit awarded Total
Completion of the Tasmania Police Recruitment course (TPRC) 25% student electives at introductory level plus 25% student electives at intermediate level in the BA 50%
Completed TAFE diploma or associate diploma 25% student electives at introductory level 25%
Registered nurses, hospital trained 25%student electives at introductory level 25%
Registered nurses, hospital trained and with further training, eg midwifery certificate 25% student electives at introductory level and an additional 25% student electives at intermediate level 50%
Completed three-year degree 25% student electives at introductory level, 25% student electives at intermediate level, 50% student electives at advanced level 100%

Enrolment restrictions -- quotas

Students should note that entry into certain units (e.g. visual arts) in particular schools is subject to quota restrictions and School approval is required.

Further information will be available at formal enrolment sessions. Enquiries may be made to academic schools or the Faculty Office, Hobart or Launceston, during the enrolment period.

Enrolment outside the BA schedule

Students who intend to enrol in subjects or units from another degree course as part of an Arts degree must comply with the subject or unit prerequisites determined by that degree course. In all cases, specific prerequisites are listed in the relevant discipline entries. Restrictions apply to the number of units which may be studied. These are: 25% student electives at introductory level and 25% student electives at intermediate level and 50% student electives at advanced level (a total of 100%) and are referred to as Student Elective units.


Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. There are also several categories of special admission. No specific course or subject prerequisites apply.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Articulation with other courses

After completing two full years of study in the BA degree, students can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree course. The BSW is primarily taught on the Launceston campus. Interested students should consult the BSW entry included in the Handbook.

Eligible students may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree course. Interested students should consult the relevant entries of the handbook.

BA students wishing to pursue a teaching career must also complete the two year Master of Teaching (MTeach) degree This is a postgraduate qualification taken after graduating with a BA. Information brochures are obtainable from Student Recruitment offices on both campuses and from the contact number for the MTeach

Students currently studying for a degree in another faculty are able to apply to transfer to the BA degree course and will receive some credit for their previous successful study.

This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • A major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Four degree electives: two must be introductory and two at any level (to meet the overall requirements of the minimum and maximum level of units for the whole degree). For example, if you choose 2 advanced level degree electives in year 2 of the degree, you need to enrol in 2 student electives at intermediate level.
  • Eight student electives: units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study up to the equivalent of a second major or a minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas - it's your choice.
  • Two breadth Units, compulsory, and replace electives
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For example, this means you could study 8 introductory, 8 intermediate and 8 advanced, or you could take 8 introductory, 7 intermediate and 9 advanced units or other combinations within these ranges.

The Bachelor of Arts has a choice of 24 majors. All majors in the Bachelor of Arts are also available as a minor, with the exception of Behavioural Studies. 

The Tourism and the Legal Studies major can only be taken as second major in the Bachelor of Arts (utilising the 8 student elective units : 2 units at introductory level, 2 units at intermediate level, 4 units at advanced level).

  • If students enrol in a major and minor combination or two majors (including inter-disciplinary majors) that have shared introductory units, they must take alternative introductory units from the appropriate schedule in order to meet the degree requirements. No unit will be counted toward both the identified major and the identified minor. Examples of inter-disciplinary majors: Criminology and Gender Studies
  • In the first year of study, it is strongly recommended that students take 4 pairs of introductory units from 4 different major schedules to allow maximum flexibility in choice.
  • At the end of year 1 or 8 introductory units, students must decide on their intended major(s) and re-enrol according to this choice.
  • You may choose to study units at advanced level (subject to pre-requisites) before completing all the required units at intermediate level. However, you are advised to complete the 2 units at introductory level before progressing to units at intermediate or advanced level, if you are majoring in that discipline, as alternative patterns may delay the completion of your degree.
  • The Tourism major and Legal Studies major/minor cannot be taken in a combined Bachelor of Arts degrees ie BA-BBus, BA-BComp, BA-BEc, BA-BFA, BA-BICT, BA-LLB, BA-BSc.
  • Course Structure

    Choose 1 major from the following list:

    Choose 1 minor from the following list: