Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2.5 years full-time in accelerated mode.

UAC code
Fees (first year)*

$14496 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised


In a rapidly changing world, a Bachelor of Arts from ACU prepares you for the challenges of the future. Our course is designed to produce tomorrow’s leaders who will think outside the box and thrive in the modern workplace. As you follow your passions, you will receive a world-class education and develop highly-valued skills that are at the heart of the new economy: creative thinking, problem-solving, communication, and critical analysis.

Our Bachelor of Arts encourages you to think big and to take advantage of internships and community engagement placements that provide invaluable professional experiences while you study. You will have opportunities to develop local and international networks and expand your global outlook with our exciting overseas study experiences in locations such as New York, Rome and Nepal.

This course offers specialisations and the choice of more than 20 majors and minors in humanities, social sciences and visual arts. The full list of majors and minors can be viewed on the ACU website.

An honours program is available to students who have excelled during their previous three years of study. You will build your knowledge in your chosen major area of study through a research or creative project.



Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government and non-government organisations
  • policy development
  • community development
  • public relations
  • social and cultural research
  • higher education
  • media and communications
  • publishing and journalism
  • humanitarian services
  • creative industries

Industry partnerships

Our degrees in arts, humanities and social sciences will give you the tools to confidently step into the job market. You can volunteer at a not- for-profit organisation to build on-the-job skills, or be a part of the Big Idea – a social enterprise competition to provide innovative ideas to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians. Some of our students have volunteered or taken placements at:

  • Museum Victoria
  • Victorian Department of Parliamentary Services
  • The Big Issue
  • City councils

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Available Major(s)
  • Business Studies
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Study of Religions
  • Technology
  • Theological Studies
  • Visual Arts
Available Minor(s)
  • Communication
  • Community Services
  • Computing
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Healthy Development
  • International Development Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth Work
  • Theological Studies
  • Study of Religions

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1Major 1 – Unit 1Minor 1 – Unit 1Minor 2 – Unit 1Elective – Unit 1
Year 1 - Semester 2Major 1 – Unit 2Minor 1 – Unit 2Minor 2 – Unit 2

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1Major 1 – Unit 3Minor 1 – Unit 3Major 1 – Unit 4Elective – Unit 2
Year 2 - Semester 2Major 1 – Unit 5Minor 1 – Unit 4Elective – Unit 3Elective – Unit 4
Year 3 - Semester 1Major 1 – Unit 6Major 1 – Unit 7Minor 2 – Unit 3

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 3 - Semester 2Major 1- Unit 8Minor 2 – Unit 4Elective – Unit 5

HUMA331 Big Ideas Social Enterprise and Innovation


HUMA330 Community Engagement Placement

A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

Students who have met the requirements of the Diploma in Liberal Arts can exit with that award.

Overseas study available

You'll have the option to study a range of units on campus or overseas during summer and winter breaks, in addition to our regular semester offerings.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International applicants must meet the English Language Requirements as defined in the Admissions to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:


New South Wales

Assumed knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3), Mathematics (other than Mathematics General 2) for study in Mathematics (Band 3)


Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Prerequisite for study in Mathematics: Units 3 and 4: Mathematical Methods

Disclaimer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process. 

Learn more about access schemes

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

 If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course: 

Understand your pathway options

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals.

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) , or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Articulation from another course:

Explore the pathways to your future

Further study

Bachelor of Arts graduates are well-placed to continue their studies in Arts Honours programs or in a range of postgraduate disciplines through their demonstrable research, analytical and communication skills gained from this undergraduate program.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14496 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through UAC

UAC code 103314


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Dr Benjamin Moffit

Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, School of Arts, Victoria

Dr Benjamin Moffit’s research is located at the intersection of comparative politics, contemporary political theory and political communications, and focuses on populism across the globe. Prior to joining ACU in 2018, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Uppsala University and Stockholm University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014, and his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Wollongong. Dr Moffitt is a frequent commentator on populism in the Australian and international press and he is the author of three books on this topic. In 2018, he was named one of the Top Five Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Researchers in Australia by the ABC. His work has appeared in outlets such as The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, The Conversation, and on the ABC and BBC World Service.

Dr Rachel Busbridge

Lecturer in Sociology, National School of Arts, Victoria

Dr Rachel Busbridge is one of ACU’s Sociology Lecturers based at the St Patrick’s campus in Melbourne. Since receiving her PhD in 2010, Dr Busbridge has taught sociology and politics in many educational institutions; her specialised research areas of interest being diversity, multiculturalism, as well as nationalism. Furthermore, she is a member of the Australian Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association.

Dr Busbridge has published many academic papers such as journal articles and books. Her most recent publications include “A multicultural success story? Australian integration in comparative focus” in the Journal of Sociology, as well as a book entitled “Multicultural politics of recognition and postcolonial citizenship: Rethinking the nation.”

Since being employed at ACU, Dr Busbridge has been the National Lecturer in Charge (NLIC) for 3 units in Humanities and Social Sciences.



“I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take part in ACU’s Scholar’s program. The program offered students the chance to develop their own undergraduate research project, culminating in an undergraduate thesis. It was a huge challenge and it really pushed my classmates and I but it was fantastic. It gave all of us a great insight into what research is like, it presented us with so many new ideas about how our work can have a real impact, and it gave us all the opportunity to become good friends.”

Arts (honours) student

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