Bachelor of Arts



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationPenrith; Bankstown; Parramatta campus, depending on major selected
Duration 3F / 6P
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Apply Direct Code1706.3
UAC Code720518 [Penrith]; 720510 [Bankstown]; 720515 [Parramatta]
Entrance Rank70.05 [Penrith]; 71.55 [Bankstown]; 70.45 [Parramatta]
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

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.



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationPenrith; Bankstown; Parramatta campus, depending on major selected
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Course Code1706.3 [CRICOS Code 040992A] 
Entrance Rank

Please refer to Admission Requirements

Fee Information

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

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.


Visionaries Welcome.

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

Our Humanities students will be 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 Asian Studies, cultural studies, film, history (Asian, European, and Australian), international relations, Islamic studies, languages and linguistics, literature, philosophy, political and social theory, and psychology. 

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 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 postmodern world of the 21st century.

Course Structure

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, you will be required to complete 24 units. You must complete two specialisations: either two majors or a major and a sub-major.

This means you will be able to take four electives (if you choose two majors) or eight electives (if you choose a major and a sub-major OR

16 unit key program in Psychology, (which includes the four Bachelor of Arts core units), a four-unit Arts sub-major plus four electives.

Core units in the Bachelor of Arts are Analytical Reading and Writing; Australia and the World; Contemporary Society; and Text and Traditions.

Most students complete these four units in their first year, two each semester.

Bachelor of Arts Majors

Refer to the pages below for detailed information about the major and its specific career opportunities:


Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

Review the Course Admission and Subject Information

Career Opportunities for the Bachelor of Arts

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.

Depending on which major you choose your career opportunities will vary. For career opportunities based on the major you would like to study please refer to the individual majors.

Academic Profile

Doctor Di Dickenson

I am currently teaching in both the English and Cultural and Social Analysis majors in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. I co-ordinate units in Children's Culture and Children's Literature. I am completing research on children, the media and identity.

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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 Research at Western.

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.