Bachelor of Arts (Major: Liberal Arts)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

If you have broad academic interests you should consider this varied and thought-provoking degree. Completed in three years of full-time study, our Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Arts ranges from classical Greek, Latin and Hebrew to European history, philosophy, applied science and English Literature. This combination of scientific studies and traditional arts disciplines will prepare you for a range of future careers – from teaching to social policy research.

  • Why study this degree?

    Students at the earliest European universities undertook an eclectic range of courses, often combining scientific, legal and arts subjects in a single degree. At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we have brought this concept of a broadly based classical arts degree into the 21st Century.

    Our Liberal Arts Major brings together subjects as diverse as Latin, Cosmology, Mathematics, Psychology and Creative Writing, allowing you to follow several academic interests during your undergraduate years, rather than pick one stream.

    By covering such a broad range of subjects you will be able to develop a high level of critical thinking and an appreciation of quite distinct academic disciplines. Liberal Arts can be studied as a single major or combined with another stream of study, such as Journalism, Politics & International Relations, Social Justice or Sociology, as part of a double major. Graduates may pursue a diverse range of career options, such as education, social policy research and administration.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE1001 Logos I
    • CORE1002 Logos II
    • CORE1003 Logos III

    Two compulsory courses

    • ENGL1020 The Western Literary Tradition
    • PHIL1030 Critical Thinking

    One Foreign Language course

    (to be chosen from the following):

    • THEO2002 Introduction to Greek
    • THEO2001 Introduction to Hebrew
    • THEO2003 Introduction to Latin
    • SPAN1000 Spanish for Beginners

    Two Science/Applied Science courses

    (to be chosen from the following):

    • PHIL2060 The Philosophy of Science
    • PHIL3310 Cosmology and Philosophy of Science
    • PSYC2210 Social Psychology
    • PSYC3330 Abnormal Psychology
    • MATH2010 Mathematics and Technology
    • History and Philosophy of Mathematics

    One History course

    (to be chosen from the following):

    • HIST3000 Writing Lives: Personalities in History from Antiquity to the Present
    • HIST2018 Australians and the World Wars
    • HIST2023 Making History and the Politics of the Past
    • HIST2028 Visual Evidence: Art and Artefacts in the Western Tradition

    One History course

    (to be chosen from the following):

    • Age of Empire and Revolution: Europe 1789-1989
    • HIST2013 A History of Ancient Greece
    • Rome: The History of a Civilisation
    • HIST2026 The European Middle Ages, c.450-c.1250
    • HIST2027 Renaissance to Enlightenment, 1250-1789

    Two Language/Literature courses

    (to be chosen from the following)

    • ENGL3000 Children's Literature
    • ENGL3030 Gothic Literature and its Legacy
    • The Theory and Practice of Creative Writing
    • ENGL3410 Drama in the Age of Shakespeare
    • ENGL3820 Freedom from Oppression: Literature that Changed the World
    • ENGL3160 Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Challenge
    • PHIL2070 The Philosophy of Language

    Plus 12 electives which may form another Major or Minor (undertaken during Years One, Two and/or Three).

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

  • 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.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Liberal Arts), 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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