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Course summary

Innovation, entrepreneurship and digital communication are key qualities required by the leaders of tomorrow. With these attributes in high demand, this double degree has your future in focus.

Imagine coupling accounting with tourism, marketing with psychology, information systems with creative arts – these and many more innovative combinations are yours to explore as you strive to achieve your career aspirations.

The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts gives you the core capabilities to support sound business decision-making, including foundations in business law, economics and accounting. There is also the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of discipline areas drawn from both business and arts disciplines.

This double degree opens up multiple career options for our graduates. From journalism to policy development, management to design, public relations to banking and beyond, the choices are many and the choice is all yours.



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Bachelor of Business majors available in the double degree:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing.

Bachelor of Arts majors are available from the following areas in the double degree:

  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Creative arts
  • Secondary school teaching areas
  • Sciences
  • Law and justice studies
  • Tourism studies
  • Psychology.

See course structure for details. Please note that some majors and units in this double degree are only available online and may not be 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

Develop and create effective solutions to straight forward problems from a discipline area.

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

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


Apply knowledge and skills creatively in devising solutions to challenges related to a business discipline.

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

Ethical practice

Describe and apply a recognised ethical framework to analyse behaviour in a discipline or workplace/organisation.

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

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

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply in-depth discipline specific knowledge and skills with a global perspective.

Demonstrate an understanding and application of research, analytical and technical skills in a broad business discipline.

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

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and self-regulate own learning capabilities and performance.

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

Communication and social skills

Prepare and deliver well developed and justified discipline advice, knowledge and ideas for a business and public context.

Investigate and identify a broad range of leadership practices in the management of people and self.

Demonstrate the ability to effectively participate in and reflect upon self and team activities.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australian-wide and international settings as applied in business and social situations.

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, online quizzes, case analyses, examinations, 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 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.

Graduates have access to a wide range of career options in fields ranging from marketing, product management, management, banking, accounting and finance to communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, education, government, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries.

Students may choose, as an elective, one double-weighted internship unit.

The accounting major in the Bachelor of Business is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia. Students may apply for membership of the Institute of Public Accountants.

The finance major in the Bachelor of Business is aligned with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) RG146 accreditation requirements and Southern Cross University provides authorised assessment for certification. Students are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Management.


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'