Bachelor of Arts

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Flexibility is the hallmark of our Bachelor of Arts degree. Our range of subject areas stretches from traditional humanities disciplines such as History, English Literature and Politics & International Relations to more industry-focused disciplines including Archaeology, Journalism, Theatre Studies and Environmental Management. You can design your degree around a single Major, a Double Major or a Major and Minor. Alternatively, you can also combine your Arts degree with another degree from within the School of Arts & Sciences or from another School to complete a double degree.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Arts develops your ability to research, analyse, interpret, draw conclusions, problem-solve and communicate. These are the skills needed in the 21st century workplace. Along with in-depth knowledge about your chosen discipline area, you will be given opportunities to show initiative, work as a team member, and be flexible and adaptable.  .

    You can develop all these skills while following your personal and professional interests across a broad range of Majors and Minors in a variety of discipline areas.

    This freedom to choose enhances your personal development, future employment prospects and potential to contribute to the cultural and intellectual life of the broader community. No matter what you specialise in, completing a Bachelor of Arts gives you the opportunity to work almost anywhere in the world. You might decide to travel during your degree, with both long- and short-term opportunities available through our Study Abroad or Experience the World programs.

    The Bachelor of Arts has a unique Major in Social Justice. The courses in this Major are open to students studying any discipline. The concept of social justice challenges you to step out of traditional mindsets and become involved in making a difference in your chosen career and in our world. You will begin to understand the causes of the complex problems in our society and to consider lasting solutions.

    Service-learning, part of our Social Justice discipline and open to all students in the Bachelor of Arts, combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Placements are in the local community but there is also the opportunity to take up an international placement and travel to locations such as Cambodia.

  • Program summary

    For a Bachelor of Arts, you will normally complete 24 courses, with an eight-course Major, and undertake at least one course from your Major in each semester. Most Majors build sequentially in content, theme and skills and work towards the acquisition of advanced skills and knowledge by the completion of your third year of study. You may also choose to use eight elective courses to study a Second Major in another discipline or six elective courses to study a Minor.

    Required Core Curriculum (3 courses)

    • CORE1010 Introduction to Philosophy
    • CORE1020 Ethics
    • CORE1030 Introduction to Theology

    Required Communications course (1 course)

    All students in the Bachelor of Arts complete this course.

    • ARTS1000 Academic Writing, Communication and Research

    Majors (8 courses)

    Students must complete at least one of the following Majors. Each Major is comprised of eight courses – some required and some electives.

    Electives (12 courses)

    Students must also complete 12 elective courses, which may be used to form a second Major (8 courses) or Minor (6 courses).

    Second Majors in the Bachelor of Arts

    Minors in the Bachelor of Arts


    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses and teaching staff is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

    Internships: Each discipline area offers you the opportunity to take part in our Internship program where you will learn on location in a real work environment and get credit towards your degree. Overseas internships are possible.

    Service-learning: Service-learning through our Social Justice area combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Placements for some courses are in the local community and there is also the opportunity to take the international version of this course and travel to locations such as Cambodia.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
      OR
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
      OR
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 2 successfully completed subjects;
      OR
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
      OR
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    FEE-HELP
    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities are diverse and depend on the courses you choose.

    Combining complementary study areas can strengthen career prospects and provide greater flexibility in your options for graduate employment.

    See individual Majors for specific career information.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Arts BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    <5N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    2184%
    International students<5N/A
    All students25100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Arts ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offersATAR
    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer99.50N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer82.73N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    67.00N/A

    Notes:  

    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Not applicable
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts and related double degree options, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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