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Course summary

Turn your passion into a career with a degree that's as flexible as you need it to be. 

The Bachelor of Arts enables critical and creative thinking as well as community engagement. Choose majors and minors from more than 20 diverse subject areas covering humanities and social sciences; creative arts; secondary school teaching; sciences and vocationally-oriented majors such as law, tourism and psychology.

Students can choose to complete a professional placement to build contacts and apply aspects of their degree to the workplace.

This degree fosters the transferrable skills so valued by employers today – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates also develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities towards positive outcomes.

Exciting career opportunities exist in community relations, media, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and education.



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The majors available in humanities and social sciences provide an overview of the humanities (or study of the human condition) and the study of human society and social relationships which contribute to the advancement of human understanding. These majors include:

  • Australian studies
  • Communication studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Human geography
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • International studies
  • Politics
  • Tourism studies
  • Welfare state studies.

Note: Humanities and social sciences majors are all available online and on campus at Lismore. Cultural studies is also available at the Gold Coast campus.

Majors in creative arts provide opportunities for students to develop practical or theoretical understandings of creativity in:

  • Media studies
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Writing.

Note: Creative arts majors are all available at Lismore campus. Writing and media studies are also available online.

Majors are in the secondary school teaching areas for students interested in pursuing further studies to become teachers. Students can combine the following majors with a major in Education:

  • Environmental studies
  • English
  • Physical geography
  • History
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Mathematics
  • Society and culture
  • Art and design.

Note: These majors are all available at the Lismore campus. Environmental studies, History, Indigenous knowledge, Society and culture are also available online.

Students who choose a major in the secondary school teaching areas and hope to progress to Southern Cross University's Master of Teaching (which they would need to complete to become teachers) need to choose very specific majors to qualify for entry into the Masters degree and should contact the University for further advice. Students who specifically want to become teachers should apply for one of Southern Cross University's combined education degrees. See related degrees on this page for more information on these courses.

The opportunity to combine traditional arts subjects with majors in sciences allows people to pursue their passions across disciplines in:

  • Environmental studies
  • Physical geography
  • Human geography
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics.

Note: These majors are all available on campus at Lismore.

Other vocationally-oriented majors could be combined with studies in the arts. These majors include:

  • Law and justice studies
  • Tourism
  • Psychology.

Note: These majors are all available online. Law and Justice Studies is also available on campus at Lismore. Tourism is also available on campus at Lismore and the Gold Coast.


Four units from any of the majors can be taken as a minor. Additional minors in a range of subject areas are also available to provide further opportunity for specialisation in: Curatorial studies, Event studies, Food studies, Healthy childhood studies, Sound production, Welfare state studies and Human geography.

Please note, not all units in the minors are available at each location.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to social and cultural situations and problems.

Demonstrate the ability to develop a persuasive independent argument incorporating a range of perspectives and evidence.


Develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary and historical social, environmental and cultural issues.

Ethical practice

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and equity and according to ethical conventions.

Demonstrate understanding of cross-sector and cross-cultural differences in ethics and morality.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of society and culture in chosen disciplines of study.

Apply disciplinary knowledge to diverse contexts.

Lifelong learning

Access, interpret and evaluate information to inform decision-making and action.

Communication and social skills

Communicate effectively in a variety of forms, including in working autonomously or collaboratively.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate a commitment to multicultural perspectives.

Develop awareness of knowledge and skills needed to engage in a culturally competent way with Indigenous peoples.

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, presentations, role plays, group work, reflective logbooks, creative production and experiential learning on campus or in the community. 

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Classes provide opportunities for engaging students in learning and discussion. The course includes a number of field trips and on-campus events which are open to students studying either on campus or online.

Pursue careers in communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and secondary school teaching (with further study).

An optional professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish key contacts. In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'