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Bachelor of Arts

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (normally equal to 24 subjects). No more than 64 points may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's flexible Bachelor of Arts course combines generalist skills and specialist vocational training in a combination chosen by the individual student. The Bachelor of Arts offers a diverse range of majors and minors to provide a good grounding for a career in many fields.

As a Bachelor of Arts graduate, you will be valued by employers for your ability to gather information, think critically, assess and interpret evidence, and communicate clearly.

Majors

  • Art History
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Minors

  • Art History
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Human Bioscience
  • Justice Studies
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Policy Studies
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • Visual Culture
  • Writing

Subject levels

  • no more than 10 Level 1 subjects (80 points) may be counted towards the Bachelor of Arts degree
  • at least five subjects (40 points) must be taken at Level 3,
  • and some subjects require successful completion of other prerequisite subjects. These prerequisites may be determined from the subject descriptions in the Handbook.

Discipline restrictions

No more than 12 subjects from a single discipline may be counted towards the Bachelor of Arts degree.

A 'discipline' is defined as follows:

  • Art History - all subjects with ART or VIS codes
  • English - all subjects with LIT, WRT codes, plus COM123 and COM327
  • History - all subjects with HST codes, plus POL101, COM225 and COM226
  • Philosophy - all subjects with PHL codes, plus POL205
  • Psychology - all subjects with PSY codes
  • Sociology - all subjects with SOC codes, plus SPE101 and COM219

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

Bachelor of Arts graduates often combine their degree with a postgraduate qualification in, for example, teaching, journalism, librarianship, management, psychology or criminology, to prepare themselves for specialised employment.

A Bachelor of Arts followed by CSU's graduate entry Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) is a pathway to secondary teaching. Further study in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) is another option for students looking to become primary teachers.

Less traditional combinations have also become common, for example, Bachelor of Arts graduates can now enter the accountancy profession through a postgraduate conversion course.

Course structure

The course is organised on the basis of a combination of Majors and Minors and a number of free electives.

All students must complete EITHER two Majors and one Minor OR one Major and three Minors, as follows:

Option A

Two Majors and One Minor:

  • 2 X 8 subject Major (16 Subjects) Selected from list A
  • 1 X 4 Subject Minor selected from list A or B
  • 3 free electives selected from any area
  • one compulsory subject COM120 /li>
  • Total 24 subjects

Option B

One Major and three Minors:

  • 1 x 8 subject Major selected from list A
  • 1 X 4 subject minor selected from list A
  • 1 X 4 subject minor selected from list A or B
  • 1 X 4 subject minor selected from lists A, B or C
  • 3 free electives selected from any area
  • one compulsory subject COM 120
  • Total 24 subjects

Majors and Minors are chosen from the following:

List A:

  • Art History
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

List B:

  • Global Studies
  • Policy Studies
  • Politics
  • Visual Culture
  • Writing

List C:

  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Bioscience
  • Justice Studies
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Theology

In selecting areas of study and subjects, the following rules apply:

  • Each student will select two Majors, OR one Major and one Minor, in different areas, from
  • In special circumstances the Course Coordinator may approve Minors in disciplines not listed above. Note that some subjects require successful completion of other prerequisite subjects. These prerequisites may be determined from the subject descriptions in the Handbook. Also please note that List B Minors may contain subjects which also appear in Majors.
  • Free elective subjects may be selected from any area, subject to any other restrictions.
  • No more than twelve subjects can be taken from any one Discipline area.
  • No more than seven subjects may be taken from outside Lists A and B.
  • No more than ten subjects at Level 1 may be counted towards the degree.
  • At least five subjects at Level 3 must be completed.
  • The generic skills subject COM120 is compulsory.

Discipline restrictions

  • No more than 12 subjects from a single discipline may be counted towards the Bachelor of Arts degree. A discipline is defined as follows:
  • Art History: all subjects with ART or VIS codes
  • English: all subjects with LIT or WRT codes, plus COM123 and COM327 /li>
  • History: all subjects with HST codes, plus POL101 COM225 and COM226 /li>
  • Philosophy: all subjects with PHL codes plus POL205 /li>
  • Psychology: all subjects with PSY codes
  • Sociology: all subjects with SOC codes, plus ANT160 SPE101 and COM219.

Majors

A major (64 points) consists of eight single session subjects, with two subjects at Level 1, at least two subjects at Level 2, and at least two subjects at Level 3, in the following disciplines:

  • Art History
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Art History major

Level 1

ART113 European Art 1850-1920: Origins of Modernity
ART114 Modern Art - Twentieth Century 1920-1970

Level 2

At least two of the following:
ART210 Australian Art to 1939
ART215 Australian Art from 1939
ART214 Aspects of Design, 1850 to the Present
ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

Level 3

At least two of the following:
ART310 Issues in Contemporary Art
ART316 Italian Renaissance Art
ART317 Art and Books
ART318 The Body in Art
Note: some Level 3 subjects may be offered in rotation from year to year.

English major

Level 1

LIT107 English Literature 1
LIT108 English Literature 2

Level 2

At least two of the following:
LIT201 Irish Literature
LIT212 American Literature
LIT214 Australian Literature
LIT216 Introduction to Literary Theory
*LIT220 Screenwriting
*LIT221 Creative Writing
*WRT210 Writing for Publication
LIT222 Contemporary Children's Texts

Level 3

At least two of the following:

COM327 Literature and Film
LIT301 Modernism
LIT302 Contemporary Australian Writing
LIT303 The English Novel from Austen to Lawrence
LIT316 Children's Fiction
*WRT301 Life Writing

*Note: students may only count one of LIT 220, LIT22, WRT210 and WRT301 towards the English Major.

History major

Level 1

HST101 The Contemporary World 1
HST102 The Contemporary World 2

Level 2

At least two of the following:
HST201 Colonial Australia
HST204 Twentieth Century Australia
HST210 Media and Society in the Twentieth Century
HST211 Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Europe from 1890
HST212 Film and History

Level 3

At least two of the following:
HST301 International History from 1945
HST303 Literature and Society
HST308 Australia and Asia
HST310 Drugs and Alcohol: Historical Perspectives
HST311 Local History in Context
Note: some Level 2 and Level 3 subjects may be offered in rotation from year to year.

Philosophy major

Level 1

PHL101 Applied Ethics
PHL103 Theories of Human Nature

Level 2

At least two of the following:

PHL201 Critical Reasoning
PHL202 Ethical Theory
POL205 Political Ideas
PHL206 Problems of Philosophy
PHL209 Theories of Justice

Level 3

At least two of the following:

PHL301 Philosophy of Religion
PHL302 Values and Decisions
PHL304 Philosophy of Science
PHL305 The Self

Psychology majors

Psychology major (Non-Accredited)

An eight-subject Psychology major, not accredited by the APAC, is chosen in the following
way:

Level 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2

Level 2

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

And two from:

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY208 Biopsychology

Level 3

At least two of the following:

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY303 Psychology of Language
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning

Sociology major

Level 1

SOC101 Introductory Sociology

And one from EITHER

SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare OR
SOC102 Social Inequality

Level 2

SOC205 Social Research

And at least one from:

SOC203 Sociology of Youth
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
SOC217 Fame and Social Control
SOC226 Rurality in a Globalised World

Level 3

SOC303 Sociological Theory

And at least one from:

SOC302 Environment and Society
SOC308 Community Analysis
SOC314 Organisations, Culture and Society
SOC315 Migration and Settlement

Minors

A minor (32 points) consists of four single session subjects, with no more than two subjects at Level 1, and normally at least one subject at Level 2.

List A Minors

Art History Minor

ART113 European Art 1850-1920: Origins of Modernity
ART114 Modern Art - Twentieth Century 1920-1970

And any two of the following:

ART210 Australian Art to 1939
ART215 Australian Art from 1939
ART214 Aspects of Design, 1850 to the Present
ART222 Art, Technology and Culture
ART310 Issues in Contemporary Art
ART316 Italian Renaissance Art
ART317 Art and Books
ART318 The Body in Art

Note: some Level 3 subjects may be offered in rotation from year to year.

English minor

LIT107 English Literature 1
LIT108 English Literature 2

And any two of the following, with at least one at Level 2:

LIT201 Irish Literature
LIT212 American Literature
LIT214 Australian Literature
LIT216 Introduction to Literary Theory
*LIT220 Screenwriting
*LIT221 Creative Writing
LIT 222 Contemporary Children's Texts
*WRT210 Writing for Publication
COM327 Literature and Film
LIT301 Modernism
LIT302 Contemporary Australian Writing
LIT303 The English Novel from Austen to Lawrence
LIT316 Children's Fiction
*WRT301 Life Writing

*Note: students may only count one of LIT220 LIT221 WRT210 or WRT301 towards the English Minor.

History minor

HST101 The Contemporary World 1
HST102 The Contemporary World 2

And any two of the following, with at least one at Level 2:

HST201 Colonial Australia
HST204 Twentieth Century Australia
HST210 Media and Society in the Twentieth Century
HST211 Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Europe from 1890
HST212 Film and History
HST301 International History from 1945
HST303 Literature and Society
HST308 Australia and Asia
HST310 Drugs and Alcohol: Historical Perspectives
HST311 Local History in Context

Philosophy minor

In order to complete a Philosophy Minor a student must complete PHL101 plus three more philosophy subjects, at least one of which must be from Level two offerings.

PHL101 Applied Ethics

And any three of the following, with at least one at level 2:

PHL103 Theories of Human Nature
PHL201 Critical reasoning
PHL202 Ethical Theory
PHL 205 Political ideas
PHL 206 Problems of Philosophy
PHL 209 Theories of Justice
PHL 301 Philosophy of Religion
PHL302 Values and Decisions
PHL 304 Philosophy of Science
PHL 305 The Self

Psychology Minor

Students must complete two subjects at Level 1, being either PSY101 and PSY102 as a pair; or PSY111 and PSY113 as a pair:

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1 AND
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
OR
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services AND
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology Foundations of Psychology

And two other subjects selected from Level 2 and Level 3 PSY subjects for which the pre-requisites have been met, with at least one of these subjects being at Level 2.

Sociology Minor

SOC101 Introductory Sociology

And EITHER

SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare OR
SOC102 Social Inequality

And two from the following, with at least one at Level 2

SOC203 Sociology of Youth
SOC205 Social Research
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
SOC217 Fame and Social Control
SOC226 Ruralityin a Globalised World
SOC303 Sociological Theory
SOC302 Environment and Society
SOC308 Community Analysis
SOC314 Organisations, Culture and Society
SOC315 Migration and Settlement

List B Minors

Global Studies Minor

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
HST102 The Contemporary World 2

And two subjects from:

COM219 Media, Communication and Globalisation
*POL212 Global Politics and Culture
SOC226 Rurality in a Globalised World
*HST301 International History from 1945
HST308 Australia and Asia
SOC315 Immigration and Settlement Policy

*Note: students may not enrol in both POL212 and HST301.

A student who wishes to include SOC101 in a Sociology Major/Minor, and/or who wishes to include HST102 in a History major/minor, should complete a Global Studies minor by selecting other subjects from those listed above.

Policy Studies Minor

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SPE101 Introduction to Politics and Social Policy

And any two of the following with at least one at Level 2:

SOC218 Policy, Power and Social Action
SOC219 Policy Research
SOC302 Environment and Society
SOC308 Community Analysis
SOC315 Immigration and Settlement Policy

Students who wish to include SOC101 in a sociology Minor or Major should complete the four-subject Policy Studies Minor by including an additional subject at Level 2 or Level 3.

Politics Minor

EITHER

POL101 Australian Government and Politics

OR

SPE101 Social Policy 1

And three subjects from:

POL205 Political Ideas
POL210 Politics of Identity
*POL212 Global Politics and Culture
PAD320 Public Policy
*HST301 International History from 1945
POL305 Politics and the Media

*Note: students may not enrol in both POL212 and HST301.

Visual Culture minor

VIS101 Visual Communication

And three from:

ART214 Aspects of Design
ART222 Art, Technology and Culture
ART315 Perspectives in Photography
COM123 Screen Studies
COM327 Literature and Film
HST212 Film and History

Writing minor

LIT220 Screenwriting
LIT221 Creative Writing
WRT210 Writing for Publication
WRT301 Life Writing

List C Minors

Computing minor

ITC114 Database Management Systems
ITC182 Foundations of Information Technology

And two subjects from:

Level 2

ITC211 The Systems Environment
ITC215 Decision Support

Level 3

ITC383 Information Systems Management

Economics minor

ECO110 Microeconomics
ECO120 Macroeconomics

And two subject from:

ECO210 Labour Economics
ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
FIN340 Public Finance
ECO355 Contemporary Economic Issues
ECO320 International Economics
ECO330 Urban and Regional Economics
ECO356 Environmental Economics

Environmental Studies Minor

BIO100 Concepts of Biology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

and one from:

BIO312 Landscape Ecology
GEO302 Landscape Evolution

Human Bioscience Minor

BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2

And two of the following:

BMS291 Human Bioscience 3
BMS292 Human Bioscience 4
BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic

Justice Studies minor

JST104 Foundations in Criminology
JST205 Criminology
PHL209 Theories of Justice

And one of the following:

PSY211 Psychology of Crime
JST201 Criminal Law and Process
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST204 Crime, Delinquency and Social Welfare
JST222 Policing and Society
JST302 Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems
JST318 Human Rights and Policing
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
JST321 Government, Civil Society and Justice

Law minor

Law 100 The Australian Legal System
LAW110 Business Law

And two of the following, with at least one at Level 2:

ETH 205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
LAW 211 Law for the Human Services 1
LAW 221 Law for the Human Services 2
LAW 220 Business Organisations Law
LAW 240 Industrial Law
LAW 260 Administrative Law
LAW 330 Finance Law
LAW 350 Advanced Commercial Law

Mathematics minor

MTH101 Mathematics 1A
MTH102 Mathematics 1B

And two from:

MTH203 Numerical Methods
MTH218 Multivariable Calculus
*MTH219 Linear Algebra
*MTH220 Ordinary Differential Equations

*Note: students may not enrol in both MTH219 AND MTH220.

Theology minor

Two subjects from:

THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL131 The Christian Church to 500 CE

And two of the following, with at least one at Level 2:

THL205 Luke - Acts
THL202 Old Testament History and Narrative
THL211 God, Creation and Ecology
THL231 Australian Church History from 1788 CE
THL224 Theological Ethics
PHL301 Philosophy of Religion
THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity (THL205 prerequisite)
THL308 The Prophetic Literature
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

Notes:

In special circumstances the Course Coordinator may approve Minors in disciplines not listed above. Note that some subjects require successful completion of other prerequisite subjects. These prerequisites may be determined from the subject descriptions in the Handbook. Also please note that List B Minors may contain subjects which also appear in Majors.

Free elective subjects may be selected from any area, subject to any other restrictions.

No more than twelve subjects can be taken from any one Discipline area.

No more than seven subjects may be taken from outside Lists A and B.

No more than ten subjects at Level 1 may be counted towards the degree.

At least five subjects at Level 3 must be completed.

The generic skills subject COM120 is compulsory.

The education strand will count as a major for students enrolled in the BA/BTeach Degree only.

Enrolment pattern

Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of pre-requisites, particularly in the students' chosen major/minors. In the psychology major and minor, it is expected that students will complete level 1 subjects before progressing to level 2 subjects, and level 2 subjects before progressing to level 3 subjects.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Bathurst; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

  • 3 years full-time on campus
  • 6 years part-time on campus
  • 6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

65

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