Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Learn to think creatively, analyse effectively and use the critical thinking skills necessary to work in today’s modern society. Work nationally or internationally with our arts degree designed to equip you to be a digital disrupter – use analytical and creative thinking to stand out from the crowd.

Be taught by world-class lecturers and experience small, friendly classes and personalised support. Practical work placements ensure you are work-ready when you graduate. Depending on your chosen major, you may also have the opportunity to experience an overseas placement.

You can choose from an extensive list of majors, including, Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, English, History, Human Geography, Human Services, Modern Languages, Multimedia Journalism and Writing, Politics and International Relations, Psychology Studies or Sociology. Combine this course with a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Business, or Bachelor of Science, to broaden your career opportunities.

Campus
Townsville, External, Cairns
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
19/60

Career opportunities

Studying a Bachelor of Arts provides you with a diverse range of skills that will open up various career options depending on your chosen study area.

You can find employment in different sectors and work nationally or internationally as an expert in your field. Keep your career options open and select the majors that most suit you.

Career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropologist in museums, heritage and conservation agencies,
  • Archaeologist or researcher
  • Journalist, media and communications professional or communications officer
  • Policy advisor or negotiator
  • Community development officer
  • Historian, heritage officer, or records manager

Course overview

This degree is flexible and allows you to explore areas of study that focus on your strengths while giving you opportunity to diversify.

You will study a selection of core subjects and your preferred major. Each major provides you with in-depth knowledge in that study area. You can choose a second major, or select two minors, which can complement your studies, or broaden your area of expertise.

The handbook provides a detailed explanation of the course structure.

Majors

Within this course, there are twelve majors available to choose from.

Anthropology

Study cultural and ethnic difference and analyse how people’s beliefs fit into a wider social, political and economic context. These skills are critical in decision making for governments, corporations and not-profit organisations in Australia and internationally.

You will gain a thorough understanding of world cultures, history, languages, ethnic differences, politics, economics and social systems. Learn the research, observation and interview techniques that will equip you to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Build a career in international aid, international development, or community development. With further study, you can work in museums, heritage and conservation organisations, universities, research institutes or government departments.

Popular combinations for this Anthropology major include Archaeology, History, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology.

Archaeology

This major is perfect for you if you enjoy thinking about the past, working outdoors in isolated environments, researching and being part of a team.

Your studies will begin with a first year introduction to the world of archaeology, followed by more specialised offerings in Evolutionary, Forensic, Asian, Australian and European Archaeology.

You will develop skills in archaeological site recording and conservation. You can participate in field trips to investigate heritage site excavations, Aboriginal Australian rock art sites, and have opportunities to travel on South-East Asian excursions.

Work in the cultural heritage management field or as a consultant to organisations to help them minimise their environmental and cultural impact. Popular combinations with Archaeology include History, Anthropology and Human Geography.

Criminology

Learn why people are motivated to commit crime, and explore strategies to prevent crime and rehabilitate offenders. Throughout your studies, you can participate in a wide range of extracurricular criminology student activities.

This course equips you with skills that can lead to a career where you can make a difference in your community. It combines subjects from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work and Law.

You can pursue a career as a probation officer, prison officer, community development worker or youth worker. With further study, you could become a social worker, lawyer, forensic scientist, social researcher, or university teacher and researcher.

This major complements the following second majors; Sociology, Anthropology, History, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Human Services or Indigenous Australian Studies.

English

Develop your understanding of the English language, how humans interact, and explore and analyse the riches of literature across the ages. You will gain a high level of communication and reasoning skills while growing your passion for reading and writing.

Study a wide range of literary periods and genres with an English degree that offers a comprehensive source of historical and cultural understanding. You will study the talents of Shakespeare, diverse forms of cinema, children’s literature and the nature of and methods used to analyse literature.

With an English major, you have career choices in a variety of areas such as:

  • Journalism
  • Editing and publishing
  • Creative writing
  • Public relations
  • Copywriting
  • Scriptwriting

Popular combinations for a second major include History, Multimedia Journalism, or Writing. You can also choose two minors that will enhance your studies.

History

Gain an intimate knowledge of humanity by examining past societies and cultures. Extend yourself by studying the history of North Queensland, developing your understanding of Australian history, and analysing major historical events in a global context.

Study how political, economic and environmental events shaped different communities. You will have the skills needed for careers that demand strong research and communication abilities. Throughout your degree, you will learn how to construct an argument, communicate findings clearly and persuasively, discuss ideas, negotiate and summarise.

Historians can work in a variety of career roles such as research officer, heritage officer, records manager or information officer. You would also work as a consultant to research and write histories

This program is highly flexible. You can combine this major with subjects from Literature, Politics and International Relations, Indigenous Australian Studies or Science.

Human Geography

Explore the interactions between people, natural events and the environment and learn how to solve major ecological and environmental problems.

A combination of specialist skills including environmental and town planning, land management, regional sustainability and environmental impact assessment will be part of your studies.

Learn valuable work skills like identifying problems, evaluating explanations, analysing data and computing techniques. You will understand the method of laboratory analysis used in physical geography, and develop strategies for recommending solutions.

Get involved in practical project work, where you will work in teams or independently. Potential jobs will focus on disaster planning, population planning and protected area management. Career opportunities can exist in government or non-government agencies, or environmental and development organisations.

Human Services

Learn skills that will prepare you to work with marginalised and vulnerable people. Study social policy, community planning and development, education and capacity building, organisational practice and social responsibility.

Benefit from our research culture and working relationships with government agencies and local community groups. You will gain practical skills and experience through field trips and project work.

This course will enable you to make a difference in the youth and criminal justice system, community planning and development, social policy development, welfare practice, disaster relief, child and family services or aged-care fields.

Complementary secondary majors can include Psychology Studies, Sociology, Criminology and Indigenous Australian Studies. You can also choose two minors to diversify your studies.

Modern Languages

Become fluent in French, German, Italian or Japanese and gain valuable skills relevant to the globalisation of today’s society. Work with organisations requiring skills in negotiations related to trade, treaties, security, environment, international aid and human rights.

In each language you will study listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through critiquing text, films and television programs.

Offering foundation to advanced levels, you do not need prior knowledge of the language. Immerse yourself in the language with opportunities to study abroad for six months at one of JCU’s partner universities.

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Be equipped to succeed in the fast-paced creative and news media environments. This major will prepare you to become a successful media and communications professional. You will develop skills in creative writing, editing, critical reading, filming, storyboarding, and effective writing.

Learn from published writers, researchers and journalists to write creatively about unique environments and complex topics relevant to tropical and regional locations.

Included in your studies are topics such as writing for multimedia, short story writing, media law and ethics, public relations campaigns, broadcast journalism, and the sociology of digital environments.

The practical work you will complete, mostly working in small teams, will form the basis of your professional portfolio. There are also opportunities to undertake unpaid  internship at the local newspaper, radio and television stations.

Popular second major combinations include Politics and International Relations, English or Psychology Studies.

Politics and International Relations

Study the people, institutions and issues involved in Australian and international politics. Examine political processes, policy, diplomacy, political economy and globalisation of both Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Gain knowledge for a career that involves analysing big issues and providing strategic advice on domestic and international affairs and policy for governments, business, industry and non-government organisations.

This major enables you to gain a sound understanding of issues that affect Australia and the world today. You will explore Australia's global position and role, economic and social policies, traditional and non-traditional threats to security, poverty, and other topics relevant to our modern society.

Combine this major with another major such as History, Multimedia Journalism and Writing, or choose two minors to enhance your studies.

Psychology Studies

Gain a deeper understanding of the biological, social and cultural factors that influence how humans think, feel and behave. This major will complement your studies in other areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Explore the history of psychology, the nervous system, memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, health psychology, personality and psychological disorders.

Gain real-world skills and participate in current research. With this major, you can pursue a range of career options. Depending on your second major, you could work in human services, marketing, advertising, or the media industry.

This major is not accredited, if you want to become a Registered Psychologist, find out more about the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Sociology

Gain the analytical tools to learn how society is organised and how we experience life with each other. You will study social trends and understand why and how societies and institutions have developed through history.

With a focus on the societal issues of the Tropics, you will develop social science research skills and explore a diverse range of topics. You can choose to study topics such as race, gender identity, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination and social movements.

You can work in organisations that need planners, product researchers, community project managers, policy analysers, administrators, advocates and more.

Popular second major combinations include Criminology, Anthropology, and Psychology Studies.

View the handbook for detailed information about each major and the subjects that you can study.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311031) - Apply now
Cairns (321031) - Apply now
External (311039) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

Course Structure

Course Structure – Townsville, Cairns and External

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

SS1010:03 Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism  or AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY, WC or WS

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY, WC or WS

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list

PLUS

Select a second minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 

Modern Languages

Cairns

Townsville

External

Language streams (and locations) available are as follows:

  • French (Cairns and Townsville)
  • Japanese (Cairns and Townsville)
  • German (Townsville and External)
  • Italian (Cairns and Townsville)

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology Studies

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

If you plan to practice as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally, and not all subjects are available externally

Course Structure (Singapore)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 18 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of undergraduate level 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE B (MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology Studies

Singapore

Students planning to practice as a registered psychologist will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies.

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. It is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

For further information, email pathways@jcu.edu.au.

Handbook

Bachelor of Arts

Course code

115710

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4,SA)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plans must include:

A minimum of 42 credit points must be taken at levels 2 and 3, of which, at least 18 credit points must be at level 3.

Additional information

The psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Course Structure

Course Structure – Townsville, Cairns and External

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

SS1010:03 Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism  or AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY, WC or WS

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY, WC or WS

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list

PLUS

Select a second minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 

Modern Languages

Cairns

Townsville

External

Language streams (and locations) available are as follows:

  • French (Cairns and Townsville)
  • Japanese (Cairns and Townsville)
  • German (Townsville and External)
  • Italian (Cairns and Townsville)

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology Studies

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

If you plan to practice as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally, and not all subjects are available externally

Course Structure (Singapore)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 18 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of undergraduate level 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE B (MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology Studies

Singapore

Students planning to practice as a registered psychologist will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies.

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Singapore

Not all majors are available in Singapore

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

External

Not all majors are available externally

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points for Creative Media, Humanities or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.  Also does not apply to the core subjects BA1001, BA1002, SS1010 or BA3000.

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Students may apply for exemption from language subject pre-requisite requirements on the basis of prior learning or demonstrated and appropriate experience in the relevant language. Students admitted to the advanced streams in the Modern Languages major will not be given credit for foundations subjects in the same language.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Approved abbreviation

BA

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 48 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Advanced Diploma of Arts.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the final year of the undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.