Immerse yourself in studying issues and concepts that you really care about. The Bachelor of Arts will expand your horizons and challenge your preconceptions. It will empower you to investigate, create, critique, and celebrate the many achievements, ideas and values of our human world and the human condition.
This is a degree that enables critical thinking, community engagement and creative practices in a course that you can tailor to suit your interests and career goals. You can choose to focus narrowly on a single area or choose a broad program, selecting from a diverse range of majors and minors that span communication and politics, creative arts, secondary teaching areas, vocationally-oriented majors such as tourism or psychology or even science.
Regardless of the subjects you choose, the Bachelor of Arts fosters transferable skills valued by employers – including communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates also develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities.
Students can choose to complete a professional placement to build contacts and apply aspects of their degree to the workplace.
The majors available in humanities and social sciences provide an overview of the humanities (or study of the human condition) and the study of human society and social relationships which contribute to the advancement of human understanding. These majors include:
Note: Humanities and social sciences majors are all available online and on campus at Lismore.
Majors in creative arts provide opportunities for students to develop practical or theoretical understandings of creativity in:
Note: Creative arts majors are all available at Lismore campus. Writing and media Studies are also available online.
Majors are in the secondary school teaching areas for students interested in pursuing further studies to become teachers. Students can combine the following majors with a major in Education:
Note: These majors are all available at the Lismore campus. Environmental Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Society and Culture are also available online.
Students who choose a major in the secondary school teaching areas and hope to progress to Southern Cross University’s Master of Teaching (which they would need to complete to become teachers) need to choose very specific majors to qualify for entry into the Masters degree and should contact the University for further advice. Students who specifically want to become teachers should apply for one of Southern Cross University’s combined education degrees. See related degrees on this page for more information on these courses.
The opportunity to combine traditional arts subjects with majors in sciences allows people to pursue their passions across disciplines in:
Note: These majors are all available on campus at Lismore.
Other vocationally-oriented majors could be combined with studies in the arts. These majors include:
Note: These majors are all available online. Law and Justice Studies is also available on campus at Lismore. Tourism is also available on campus at Lismore.
Four units from any of the majors can be taken as a minor. Additional minors in a range of subject areas are also available to provide further opportunity for specialisation in: Curatorial Studies, Event Studies, Food Studies, Healthy Childhood Studies, Sound Production, Welfare State Studies and Human Geography.
Please note, not all units in the minors are available at each location.
An optional professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish key contacts. In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.
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