Within this course, there are twelve majors available to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Editing and publishing
- Creative writing
- Public relations
Popular combinations for a second major include History, Multimedia Journalism, or Writing. You can also choose two minors that will enhance your studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.