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Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Arts

University of Sydney

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The Bachelor of Arts will prepare you to meet the challenges of the modern workforce, where expertise, inventiveness, logic and critical thinking come to the fore. You will receive a liberal arts education that allows you to choose a major(s) from over forty subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, as well as other disciplines from across the University.

Areas of study

You will complete a degree core unit, a major from Table A, another major, or a minor from Table A or Table S, units from the Open Learning Environment, and elective units.

Table A: American Studies; Ancient Greek; Ancient History; Anthropology; Arabic Language and Cultures; Archaeology; Art History; Asian Studies; Chinese Studies; Criminology; Cultural Studies; Digital Cultures; Diversity Studies (minor); Econometrics; Economic Policy; Economics; Education Studies; English; Environmental, Agriculture and Resource Economics; European Studies; Film Studies; Financial Economics; French and Francophone Studies; Gender Studies;
Germanic Studies; Hebrew (modern); History; Indigenous Studies; Indonesian Studies; International and Comparative Literary Studies; International Relations; Italian Studies; Japanese Studies; Jewish Civilisation; Thought and Culture; Korean Studies; Latin; Linguistics; Modern Greek; Music; Philosophy; Political Economy; Politics; Sanskrit (minor); Social Policy (minor);Socio-legal Studies; Sociology; Spanish and Latin American Studies; Studies in Religion; Theatre and Performance Studies; Visual Arts; Writing Studies (minor).

Table S: Accounting; American Studies; Anatomy and Histology; Ancient Greek; Ancient History; Animal Health; Disease and Welfare Animal Production; Anthropology; Applied Medical Science; Arabic Language and Cultures; Archaeology; Art History; Asian Studies; Banking; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Business Analytics; Business Information Systems; Business Law; Chinese Studies;  Chemistry; Computer Science; Computer Systems; Criminology; Cultural Studies; Data Science; Design; Digital Cultures; Digital Music; Disability and Participation; Diversity Studies (minor); Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Econometrics; Economic Policy; Economics; Education Studies; English; Environmental, Agriculture and Resource Economics; Environmental Studies; European Studies; Film Studies; Finance; Financial Economics; Financial Mathematics and Statistics; Food Science; French and Francophone Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics and Genomics Geography; Geology and Geophysics; Germanic Studies; Health; Hearing, Speech and Communication; Hebrew (Modern); High Performance in Sport; History; History and Philosophy of Science; Immunology and Pathology; Immunology (minor); Indigenous Studies; Indonesian Studies; Industrial Relations and Human Resource
Management; Infectious Diseases; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; International and Comparative Literary Studies; International Business; International Relations; Italian Studies; Japanese Studies; Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture; Korean Studies; Latin; Linguistics; Management and Leadership Marketing; Marine Science; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology; Modern Greek; Music; Neuroscience; Nutrition Science; Pathology (minor); Pharmacology; Philosophy; Physical Activity and Health; Physics; Physiology; Plant Production; Plant Science; Political Economy; Politics; Project Management; Psychological Science; Sanskrit (minor); Social Policy (minor);Socio-legal Studies; Sociology; Software Development; Soil Science and Hydrology; Statistics; Spanish and Latin American Studies; Studies in Religion; Sustainability; Theatre and Performance Studies; Urban Studies; Virology (minor); Visual Arts; Wildlife Conservation (minor); Writing Studies (minor).

Combined degrees: Bachelor of Arts is offered as a combined degree 513205 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies. It can also be combined with Bachelor of Social Work, 513575 Bachelor of Engineering Honours, 513805 Bachelor of Laws, 513740 Master of Nursing, and the double degree 513715 Doctor of Medicine.

Career opportunities

Depending on majors: archaeologist, art historian, administrator/manager, editor, historian, heritage specialist, foreign affairs and trade officer, government policy officer, information specialist, journalist, museum/gallery curator, language specialist, media and communications officer, publisher, researcher, sociologist.

Fees and charges

The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current University of Sydney fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Depends on first-year subjects chosen.

Guaranteed ATAR: 80.00, subject to non-ATAR criteria being met. A guide to guaranteed ATARs.

Other applicants

Refer to the University of Sydney general admission criteria.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Sydney website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2022)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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Global mobility/international experience
At the University of Sydney, every undergraduate student has access to global opportunities. These opportunities may include overseas field schools, global professional placements, and student exchanges (one-year, single semester and shorter term durations) with more than 300 partner universities worldwide.

Open Learning Environment (OLE)
Open Learning Environment (OLE) courses are short, on-demand and workshop-supported. They enable you to broaden your skills in areas such as entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, project management and ethical reasoning. Zero credit point OLEs are available to all students at the University, while students in liberal studies degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce or combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies) and some specialist degrees (Bachelor of Economics) will be required to take 12 credit points of OLE units during their studies.

Faculty handbooks
View available first-year subjects in the University of Sydney handbooks.