Bachelor of Arts

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2.5 years full-time in accelerated mode.

6.0 overall score (with individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2023, February 2024, February 2025


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 graduates 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.

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

You will also have opportunities to join our exciting overseas study experiences in locations such as New York and Rome.

An honours program is available to students who have excelled during their previous three years of study. You will build your expertise in your chosen major area of study by completing an independent research or creative project.

This degree can also be used as a pathway into a Master of Teaching.

Professional experience

Our Bachelor of Arts encourages you to think big and to take advantage of community engagement placements and internships that provide invaluable professional experiences while you study.

Bachelor of Arts students have the choice of completing either a community engagement placement unit (50 – 70 hours) or a social enterprise and innovation unit.

Volunteer experience

Students undertake a degree capstone drawn from either:

  • HUMA330 Community Engagement: Placement or
  • HUMA331 Big Ideas: Social Enterprise and Innovation

HUMA330 provides students with a community engagement placement of up to 70 hours with an organisation relevant to their disciplinary study.

HUMA331 provides students with the opportunity to engage the community by working to propose a solution to a real-world problem.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government and non-government organisations
  • policy development
  • community development
  • consulting and public relations
  • social and cultural research
  • primary, secondary and higher education
  • media and communications
  • publishing and journalism
  • humanitarian services
  • conservation and museums
  • 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

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

Major 1 – Unit 1


Minor 1 – Unit 1


Inquire unit

HUMA114 Scandals and Deception: Navigating Controversy

Connect unit

HUMA115 Connect with Diversity: Who Am I and Who Are We?

Year 1 - Semester 2

Major 1 – Unit 2


Minor 1 – Unit 2


Create unit

HUMA116 Imagining Place: Multimedia, Storytelling, Moving Images

Core Curriculum unit 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

Major 1 – Unit 3


Minor 1 – Unit 3


Minor 2 - Unit 1

100- level

BA Elective

Year 2 - Semester 2

Major 1 – Unit 4


Minor 1 – Unit 4


Minor – Unit 2


BA Elective

Year 3 - Semester 1

Major 1 – Unit 5


Major 1 – Unit 6


Minor 2 – Unit 3


Core Curriculum unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society


HUMA330 Community Engagement: Placement


HUMA330 Community Engagement: Placement *

*Students choose either HUMA330 or HUMA331

Year 3 - Semester 2

Major 1- Unit 7


Major 1- Unit 8


Minor 2 – Unit 4


Core Curriculum unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society


HUMA331 Big Ideas: Social Enterprise and Innovation *

*Students choose either HUMA330 or HUMA331

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Students commencing in Semester 1 2023 - 1 Major and 2 Minors

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

View transparency admission information

International applicants

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Apply directly to Australian Catholic University.

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an IELTS overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

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 international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed.

Find out more about English language programs

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program

Find out more about Diploma pathways

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

  • Unit fee: $3196
  • Average first year fee: $25568
  • Estimate total cost: $76704

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

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

International applicants

Direct application

Apply now


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Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Staff Profile

Dr Benjamin Moffit

Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, National School of Arts and Humanities, 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 and Humanities, 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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