Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Archaeology

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Archaeology

If you enjoy thinking about the past, have a good eye for detail, don’t mind working outdoors in isolated environments, have an enthusiasm for research, enjoy working as part of a team and have good writing skills and an aptitude for working with technology, Archaeology can be a fulfilling career.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
19/60

Career opportunities

Graduates from JCU’s Bachelor of Arts majoring Archaeology have many different and successful careers. The more training, volunteering and hands-on experience you can gain while studying, the better. If you complete the four-year Honours program you will be able to pursue roles such as consulting archaeologist, field archaeologist and cultural heritage officer.

Archaeologists can specialise in areas that may need further study, for example, forensic archaeology, evolutionary archaeology or in particular geographic regions.

They also pursue careers in research and university teaching. Many archaeologists in Australia work in the cultural heritage management field and use their expertise to minimise the impacts of mining and development projects on sites of cultural heritage significance.

Archaeologists also work as consultants for, mining companies, national parks, Aboriginal land councils or heritage agencies involved with planning and environmental impact assessment.

Course highlights

Archaeology at JCU makes the most of the tropical northern Queensland environment, investigating the deep past of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as colonial Australian pasts, the archaeology of our Pacific and Asian neighbours, and the origins of early European societies.

You’ll develop skills in archaeological site recording and conservation, and participate in field trips at locations around northern Queensland including heritage site excavations, Aboriginal Australian rock art sites and opportunities to participate in South-East Asian field trips. Modern facilities include the Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory at the Cairns Institute and the Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory in Townsville.

Course overview

The program combines core arts and Archaeology subjects with a choice of electives in, for example, Evolutionary, Forensic, Asian, Celtic or South American Archaeology with your choice of subjects from Arts (e.g. History, Indigenous Australian Studies), Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology), Science (e.g. Geology, Environmental Science, Soil Science), or even Creative Media (e.g. Photography). For additional expertise you can combine this major with a BA second major. Popular combinations with Archaeology include History, Anthropology and Indigenous Australian Studies

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

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

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

BA – Archaeology Major

Major code

BAR-ARG

Credit point value

24 credit points for single major

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

AR1001:03 The World of Archaeology

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective or HI1302:03 Modern World History

Level 2

AN2114:03 Australia through Time and Place

AR2304:03 From Stonehenge to the Colosseum: Archaeology of Europe

AR2407:03 Forensic Archaeology

Level 3

AR3008:03 Boats and Beaches: The Archaeology of Coasts and Islands

AR3501:03 Ancestors and Emperors: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Societies

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

HI2191:03 Australian History

AN2013:03 Culture,Knowledge and Environment

AR2405:03 Archaeology in Practice

AR2406:03 Hominin Evolution

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. The course 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.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

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 (TSV and CNS students only) or AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perpective (External students only)

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of level 1 or 2 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 or WS

PLUS

Select 3 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 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 (ARTS 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 practise 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 21 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 3 credit points of undergraduate level 3 subjectsfrom 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 (ARTS 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 practise 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.

Honours

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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