Bachelor of Arts (Second Major: Business)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Arts and commerce have often been viewed as contradictory forces but the Bachelor of Arts with a Second Major in Business at Notre Dame shows that commercial skills can be successfully harnessed by those working in many creative fields. Consisting of five core courses, such as Business Law, Marking and Economics, plus a number of electives, this degree will provide you with a solid foundation for modern commercial practice.

  • Why study this degree?

    Taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts, our Business Second Major will provide you a solid grounding in modern business practice, which will allow you to successfully operate in a number of working environments – from government departments to private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector. You can choose from a wide range of business-related units, such as Marketing, Innovation, Business Law, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and the Psychology of Work.

    Apart from attending a number of campus-based lectures and tutorials, you will also complete 150 hours of work experience. This ensures that you get plenty of hands-on training during your degree, and have the opportunity to showcase your learnings in a real-world setting.

    Our Business Second Major will equip you with the underpinning commercial skills required to successfully operate in a business environment.  Business as a Second Major must be paired with another Arts stream such as Advertising, Applied Psychology, History, Journalism, English Literature, Film & Screen Production or Theatre Studies.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

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    Year One

    • ARTS1000 Academic Writing, Communication and Research
    • BUSN1000 Economics OR BUSN1110 Accounting for Business
    • BUSN1600 Principles of Management
    • BUSN1220 Principles of Marketing
    • BUSN2400 Business Law

    Years Two and Three

    • BUSN3600 Strategic Management (recommended)

    Plus a choice of any three of the following:

    • BUSN2180 Business to Business
    • BUSN2730 Principles of Human Resource Management
    • BUSN3680 Change Management
    • Psychology of Work
    • BUSN3690 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Plus an additional eight courses of credit for the primary Arts Major* plus four electives (undertaken during Years One, Two and/or Three).

    *The Business Major may only be undertaken as a Second Major (i.e. an Arts Major must be selected as the first Major).

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

    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.

  • 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

    • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
    • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

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

    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.

  • 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

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Advertising and the media
    • Community development and service
    • Environmental and social impact assessment
    • Government departments
    • Indigenous organisations
    • Marketing and business organisations
    • Non-government organisations
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Business), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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