Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

Studying Arts and Humanities at UOW will allow you to gain foundational knowledge in many disciplines, and build your own degree around your passions and interests. It will equip you with essential broad skills, including critical and creative thinking, effective communication and problem solving, all of which are required for success in a range of careers.

If you are a high-achieving and motivated student, the Dean's Scholar option provides you with an enriched educational experience. Each Dean's Scholar has an academic mentor, a member of academic staff who advises the student on matters concerned with the degree. You will receive an annual book allowance, benefit from your own designated study space, and produce a major self-directed research project as a capstone to your degree.

The Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar) degree will teach you new perspectives on approaching ideas and problems. The skills learned are generic in nature so that they are applicable in a vast range of careers and provide a broad-based education with a capacity for lifelong learning. The degree is made up of subjects with origins in the humanities; history, literature, languages and philosophy, and the disciplines of social sciences: cultural studies, sociology and politics. You must elect one major and one minor, or a second major, from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

What you will study

You can choose many majors in the Bachelor of Arts degree including:

Majors available at the South Western Sydney campus in 2017 are History and Sociology

Completion of full majors at regional campuses is subject to availability at time of enrolment.

    Course information

    Study area

    Arts & Humanities, Creative Arts, Social Sciences



    Course Code


    ATAR (UAI)


    IB Score



    3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent


    On Campus



    UAC Code


    Admission, Key dates, and Fees

    Academic Requirements

    Admission to the Dean's Scholar degree is competitive.

    Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. Assessment of eligibility may also involve participation in an interview process.

    English Requirements

    The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

    English Test

    Overall Score





    IELTS Academic






    TOEFL (Internet-based)






    UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

    Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

    Credit Transfer

    Students may be granted exemption from certain first year subjects.


    2018 Information
    On Campus

    Session Fee: $11,928
    Full Course Fee: $71,568

    Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

    Overseas Health Cover:
    Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

    Entry Requirements

    Assumed Knowledge: English Advanced
    Recommended Studies: Demonstrated excellence in Arts related subjects. Please note that this program has a limited intake and applicants may be asked to attend an interview on campus.

    UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

    Indicative Criteria
    Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
    The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

    Tertiary/Secondary Studies

    Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

    • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
    • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
    • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
    • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
    • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
    • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

    Mature Age

    As per Tertiary/Secondary Studies.

    Credit Transfer

    Students may be granted exemption from certain first year subjects.


    2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
    On Campus

    Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

    Admission information

    A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

    For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


    Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.

    Admission criteria

    Higher education

    This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

    Vocational education & training

    This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

    Recent secondary education

    This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

    Work & life experience

    This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

    Profile information

    This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


    This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


    This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



    Selection Rank

    Highest rank to receive an offer



    75th percentile rank to receive an offer



    Median rank to receive an offer



    25th percentile rank to receive an offer



    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
    N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
    Understanding ATAR profile data

    ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
    Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


    This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


    2016 intake

    2016 intake (%)

    Higher education study



    Vocational education & training study



    Recent secondary education

    Basis of admission

    ATAR Only



    ATAR plus additional criteria



    Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



    Work & life experience



    International students



    All students



    L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
    Understanding student profile data

    Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
    Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
    ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
    ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
    early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
    Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
    schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
    Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
    International student represents all other students.


    For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

    2018 Autumn


    Session Commences
    26 February 2018

    Applications Close

    • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
    • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
    • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

    Session Details
    Orientation: 20 - 22 February
    Session: 26 February - 21 June

    2018 Spring


    Session Commences
    23 July 2018

    Applications Close

    International Applicants: 1 June
    Domestic Applicants: 29 June
    Late applications may be considered if places are available.

    Session Details
    Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
    Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

    Course structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Students graduating from the Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar) will be able to:

    1. Evaluate complex issues and ideas about society and culture;
    2. Apply disciplinary knowledge in a variety of real-world professional contexts;

    3. Communicate concepts effectively to a range of audiences; 

    4. Use digital and other technologies essential for careers and lifelong learning;

    5. Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates an understanding and critical analysis of the area of study.

    All BA (Dean's Scholar) students will be able to demonstrate these outcomes which are common to each BA (Dean's Scholar) major. Each major also has major learning outcomes that are unique to that major. Major Learning Outcomes are outlined under each major.

    Course Structure

    To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar) course code 702_2, a candidate must complete a total of at least 144 credit points, comprised of the following:

    1. At least one major study available in the Bachelor of Arts, outlined below (48 credit points);

    2. LHA 102 - Dean's Scholars Seminar (6 credit points);

    3. LHA 302 Dean's Scholars Research Project (6 credit points);

    4. A second major (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points) from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA); OR a minor (minimum 24cp) from within LHA;

    5. Elective subjects offered in LHA or other faculties, to the value of at least 144 credit points.


    • Average mark of 75% or better must be maintained;
    • Not more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects;
    • At least 24 credit points of subjects completed at the 300-level within the major must be at a pass mark or better.

    Majors and Minors

    The Bachelor of Arts, is one of the more open degrees offered by the University. Rather than relying on a prescribed program of study, it offers students a range of choices. The degree offers majors in the disciplinary areas familiar from study at school, like English Literatures, History and Languages. Other disciplinary areas that might not be as familiar, include Philosophy, Sociology, and Politics. The study of a discipline gives students a developing set of skills while they acquire a set of conceptual frameworks and a body of knowledge interpreted using those frameworks. For example, within the study of 'history', students learn how to research and write history, as well as how to read what historians have thought about the past.

    The Bachelor of Arts also offers interdisciplinary studies. These are built around either a place (for example Australian Studies) or a theme (for example Indigenous Studies). These areas reach across disciplines to illustrate different ways an issue can be explored. Australian Studies relies on History and Indigenous Studies. Interdisciplinary study areas ask the students to step outside the comfort zone offered by disciplinary majors and offer challenging alternatives to traditional areas of study.

    Most majors offered in the Bachelor of Arts require at least 48 credit points although some require more (for example, those taking a Language as a Beginner). All majors require at least a pass in 24 credit points at 300 level from the subjects offered for the major. All Bachelor of Arts majors include the 6cp subject LHA301 Capstone. As students are only permitted to cross count one subject in two majors, students who take two BA majors are advised to cross count LHA301 in both of their majors.

    The requirements for each major and minor are set out later in this Handbook.


    A number of 300 level subjects have “First offered 2018” recorded in the session of offer. This note means that these 300 level subjects have been reviewed and that the first time these new versions may be offered is 2018. 


    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar) course code 702_2,  must take at least one of these majors:

    #The Cultural Studies major is currently under review. Students interested in this major should contact the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, prior to enrolling.

    LHA - Second Major/Minors

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Dean;s Scholar) course code 702_2 must also take a second major or alternatively a minor within LHA.

    Second Major

    Students who wish to take a second major may choose from the list of BA majors.

    Alternatively students interested in taking a second major that is not a BA major, may like to consider the following:


    Most minors offered in the Bachelor Arts consist of 24 credit points and require at least 12 credit points at 200 level of higher. 

    Minor studies are recorded on a student's  transcript, but are not recorded on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students need to declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar) course code 702_2, at Wollongong may choose from the following minors, information about each minor is available on a dedicated minors page.

    • Ancient History
    • Art History
    • Asia Pacific Studies
    • Australian Studies
    • Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students
    • Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students
    • Creative Arts
    • Creative Production
    • Cultural Studies
    • Design
    • Design History
    • Digital Media and Communication
    • Education
    • English Language and Linguistics
    • English Literatures
    • Ethics
    • European Studies
    • French
    • Gender Studies
    • Global Media and Communication
    • History
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Indonesian*
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Journalism and Professional Writing
    • Media Arts 
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Psychology
    • Photography
    • Politics
    • Science and Technology Studies
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Technical Theatre
    • Visual Arts

    * Available through cross institutional study only

    Internship and International Subjects

    The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA) internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting. The internship subject ARTS302* is offered to all LHA students providing they meet the pre-requisites. Another popular internship facilitated by the Faculty is the Politics Internship. The Politics internship subject POL 305 presents interested students with the opportunity to be an intern at Washington, New York or Canberra. Read more about the Faculty Internship Program on our website.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Eligible BA Students that meet the pre-requisites may elect to enrol in one of the following internship or study tour subjects.
    ARTS302* Arts Internship 6 Not offered this year
    POL 305 Politics Internship 12 Not offered this year

    *Subject is currently under review and may undergo some changes. students are encouraged to enrol in CRPL200 (6cp) whilst ARTS302 is under review. 

    One of the Faculty's aims is to encourage students to study in an overseas university. Students can study abroad for a full session taking three to four subjects, or can study abroad for a shorter period of time by taking a study tour. The Faculty's study tour subjects currently focus on War History and incorporate visits to Gallipoli and the Western Front. Both subjects are listed below:

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    HIST273 Gallipoli Study Tour 6 Not offered this year
    HIST282 Western Front Study Tour 6 Not offered this year


    See separate entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

    The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Honours Handbook can be accessed as a PDF document from the Faculty Honours Students page.

    Course Handbook

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Why choose this course

    Studying Arts and Humanities at UOW allows you to tailor a degree specifically to your interests. Our flexible options let you choose the direction your program takes, such as specialising in a political, historical, international or creative discipline. Whatever you choose, you'll have the option to also apply your skills through work experience or an internship.

    At UOW, you will learn from experts who head international committees and edit journals that have worldwide circulation, who are exploring sociopolitical issues in health, science and technology, law and the environment and who research the vibrancy of language and its origins, or the cultural impact of an electronic culture.

    Career opportunities
    • Archiving and Librarianship
    • Art & Design
    • Arts
    • Business Development & Administration
    • Community & Social Services
    • Consultancy
    • Diplomacy
    • Education
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Government Policy
    • Healthcare Policy & Management
    • Heritage Specialist
    • Historian
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology & Design
    • Journalism
    • Social Policy
    • Translation & Interpreting
    • Legal Work
    • Marketing & Advertising
    • Media & Publishing
    • Politics
    • Production and Management
    • Tourism and Hospitality
    • Writing