Bachelor of Arts

Western Sydney University's Bachelor of Arts combines advanced academic knowledge with practical real life training. It is designed to equip you with a broad range of skills and knowledge in research and critical inquiry, and is sufficiently flexible to cater to a range of career aspirations and personal interests.

Our Humanities students are critical participants in future social change. As much of this change will occur in and through the workplace, the University's degrees have a real-world emphasis, so our graduates are highly adaptable in today's changing employment market.

The University houses one of Australia's leading schools for the study of the Humanities, bringing together scholars in this area and social sciences with broad teaching and research interests. These include anthropology, art history, film, media and visual cultures, history, literature, philosophy, political and social theory, languages and linguistics, psychology, religion, international relations, and interdisciplinary cultural studies including Asian studies, and Islamic studies. 

The School of Humanities and Communication Arts is committed to providing innovative programs forging new directions in cultural research, and participating in the global movement that is reassessing the role of the academy and intellectual work in broader public cultural debates.

The School also encourages students to appreciate cultural continuities and traditions. This means studying the historical, social, philosophical, aesthetic, political and technological dimensions of cultural change from before the birth of the modern world to the post-modern world of the 21st century.

Local International
Delivery Mode On campus On campus
Location Penrith; Bankstown; Parramatta campus, depending on major selected Penrith; Bankstown; Parramatta campus, depending on major selected
Duration 3F / 6P 3F
Course Code 720510 [Bankstown]; 720515 [Parramatta]; 720518 [Penrith] 1706.2 [CRICOS Code 040992A] 
Entrance Rank 65.00 ATAR [Bankstown]; 65.00 ATAR [Parramatta]; 65.00 ATAR [Penrith]

Please refer to Admission Requirements

Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

Course Structure

All students must enrol in and complete Bachelor of Arts core units; either the accredited Key Program in Psychology, or a major (see the list of majors below); and elective units. Electives may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major or sub-major.

Bachelor of Arts Majors

There are eleven majors in the Bachelor of Arts. Refer to the pages below for detailed information about the major and its specific career opportunities:

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts graduates find employment in diverse areas including: communication and media industries; education; psychology and counselling; cultural, political and social policy analysis; writing and publishing. The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year degree designed to provide knowledge and generic skills that form the basis for lifelong learning.

Further studies

Further study options are available to high-achieving students who wish to pursue higher degree research studies. Information about these courses will be provided to you as you progress through your Bachelor degree, or you can find out more at

How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the International Admissions pages.

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