Bachelor of Arts

The University of Sydney

About Bachelor of Arts

Hone your analytical skills. Become an independent thinker. Form and articulate judgements based on argument and evidence. Lead the way.

With arts and humanities at the University of Sydney consistently recognised as among the top 30 faculties globally in university rankings, our Bachelor of Arts degree is both highly regarded by academic leaders and highly sought after by industry employers.

Offering access to more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, no two arts degrees are the same at Sydney, which means you’ll graduate with a unique skillset and career options as varied as the degree itself.

Whether you want to learn a new language or study a new culture, explore great books, ideas or minds, discover the past, analyse the present or consider the shape of the world's future, the Bachelor of Arts will expand your horizons and challenge you to think outside the box.

Our majors

You will study a major and a minor choosing both from the humanities and social sciences, or selecting your minor from the University's shared pool.

Unsure about what the difference is between a major and a minor? Or how HSC subjects align with Arts and Social Sciences subjects? Check out this handy major/minors page as a guide in deciding what to study.

Agricultural and Resource EconomicsHistory
American StudiesIndigenous Studies
Ancient GreekIndonesian Studies
Ancient HistoryInternational Relations
AnthropologyInternational and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and CulturesItalian Studies
ArchaeologyItalian Studies (Advanced)
Art HistoryItalian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian StudiesItalian Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical HebrewJapanese Studies
Chinese StudiesJewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
CriminologyKorean Studies
Cultural StudiesLatin
Digital CulturesLinguistics
EconometricsModern Greek Studies
Economic PolicyMusic
EnglishPolitical Economy
European StudiesPolitics
Film StudiesSocio-Legal Studies
Financial EconomicsSociology
French and Francophone StudiesSpanish and Latin American Studies
Gender StudiesStudies in Religion 
Germanic Studies (German)Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern)  

Bachelor of Advanced Studies

You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Arts degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies . In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies can also be taken with streams in:

  • Languages 
  • International and Global Studies
  • Media and Communications
  • Politics and International Relations

Entry Requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

English Requirements

  • Min PTE: 61
  • Min IELTS: 6.5
  • Min TOEFL: 85


Our graduates can be found across a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Anthropologist
  • Analyst
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art historian
  • Business administrator or manager
  • Creative lead
  • Editor or publisher
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Government policy officer
  • Historian
  • Heritage specialist
  • Information specialist
  • Journalist
  • Language specialist
  • Marketing and communications specialist 
  • Media producer 
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Researcher
  • Sociologist
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Course Summary

Study level



Creative Arts and Design




3 years

Study mode

On Campus


A$46,500 per year
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