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Bachelor of Arts | Make Connections between people and power, experience and identity, past and future

With over thirty different study areas, design your Arts degree around your own interests. Explore human thought and culture, from different periods and perspectives, to understand your experience, identity and values.

BACHELOR
OF ARTS

Eligibility: Refer to entry requirements   Duration: 3 years min 7 years max
Location: Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, and online

The Bachelor of Arts gives you valuable and transferable skills including critical thinking, intercultural awareness, teamwork, communication and research, opening up a world of career options.

Looking for a university degree to write home about? Put your new language skills into practice, undertake cultural or media research, or volunteer within international NGOs, on an overseas experience.

The Bachelor of Arts is also a popular combined degree, enhancing Fine Arts, Law, Business, Economics or Science degrees with human and critical contexts. Save up to two years studying a combined undergraduate Arts degree.

Study your Arts degree anywhere, anytime with select study areas including English, International Relations, Politics and Policy, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Ancient Civilisations, available fully online.

Please note the information on this page does not apply to international students.

Majors & Minors

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The Bachelor of Arts offers over 20 areas of study across the Humanities and Social Sciences, together with other schools across the University. Most can be studied as a major (eight units) or a minor (four units), with some study areas only available as a minor.

Refer to example course plans to find out how these study areas can fit into your degree.

English

Explore what it means to be human by reading some of the best and most loved books and stories of the ages, while developing skills that will help you become the best writer and critic you can. From fiction and poetry to theatre and film, television and the internet, discover the many ways to read texts and genres in their cultural and historical contexts. Engage your passion for writing by creating your own works of literature.

Global Cultures & Languages

English is spoken by around 1.5 billion people. The other 5.5 billion people don’t. More than ever before, we’re part of a world with fewer and more permeable borders due to international trade and business, tourism, immigration, and random cross-cultural experiences. Studying a language can improve brain functionality, multi-tasking ability, decision-making and memory skills, as well as expanding work and travel options.

History & Classics

The History and Classics programs are an excellent way to obtain a general education and understanding of humanity. Studying History enriches knowledge by exploring the contexts of global developments, continuity and change, contingency, accidents, and interconnections that have shaped societies over the last 1,000 years. Classics explores the history, literature, cultures, and languages of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Philosophy & Gender Studies

Some of this century’s most interesting and important work in Philosophy takes gender seriously. Philosophers are now asking about the metaphysical, moral and political significance of gender, as they have not always asked before. Our Gender Studies program is the only one in Australia to be located within Philosophy. Though distinct majors are available, our staff conduct teaching and research that involves fruitful interaction between the two areas.

Course structure

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, you will need to successfully complete 24 units/300 credit points consisting of a Major (8 units/100 credit points), Minor (4 units/50 credit points), Electives (12 units/150 credit points with at least 75 credit points at Advanced 300 level).

You can use Elective units to complete a second Major or Minor.

When you choose a standard major, you’ll study two units in your first year, two units in your second year, and four units in your third year. When you choose a standard minor, you’ll study two units in your first year and two units in your second year.

Let’s pretend that you would like to study International Relations as your Major (eight units) and Sociology as your Minor (four units). You are also interested in exploring a variety of different study areas with your Elective units.

Here is how your Bachelor of Arts degree could be structured. For more specific information about the course structure, please view the Bachelor of Arts course page in the Courses & Units Handbook.

To find how the Bachelor of Arts can be structured to suit your interests or ambitions, contact the UTAS information Centre
on 1300 363 864, via live chat or enquire online.

Interested undertaking a second major or a semester on overseas exchange as part of your Bachelor of Arts? While this is certainly possible, it does require very careful planning of units from your introductory (first) year.

Let’s pretend that you would like to study English as your Major (eight units); Aboriginal Studies as your Minor (four units); and use your Elective units to undertake a second major in Politics and International Relations (eight units).

Here is how your Bachelor of Arts degree could be structured. For more specific information about the course structure, please view the Bachelor of Arts course page in the Courses & Units Handbook.

To find how the Bachelor of Arts can be structured to suit your interests or ambitions, contact the UTAS information Centre
on 1300 363 864, via live chat or enquire online.

First Year 100 credit points of Introductory level units (8 units x 12.5 credit points)
Second Year 100 credit points of units (8 units x 12.5 credit points)
Third Year 100 credit points of units (8 units x 12.5 credit points)

Fighting the good fight

As Chief Executive Officer of Colony 47 – a charity organisation assisting over 20,000 Tasmanian children every year – Arts graduate Danny Sutton is helping those who need it most.

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