Bachelor degree

Arts at Monash is your comprehensive gateway to a wide range of fascinating and rewarding areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Taking an innovative approach in tackling world issues and fostering a global perspective, you will develop the research skills, advanced discipline knowledge and self reliance to acquire information, assess evidence and convey complex ideas in speech and writing in order to answer complicated questions.

And with the scope to choose from almost 40 different major and minor areas of study, including languages, social studies, communications, politics, human rights, and international relations, you will develop an informed, critical awareness of the fields you're most passionate about, laying the groundwork for a wealth of exciting careers.

The Bachelor of Arts offers both diversity and focus, and builds informed, skilful and critically aware citizens of the world. In addition to your major, you can sample from a wide range of study areas, giving you a comprehensive base across areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences. You'll develop a rich understanding of human difference and communication, the complexities of social organisation, and humankind's trajectory through the past and into the future.

You will become an expert in your chosen discipline, and will be work ready, equipped with the core skills employers in all sectors are looking for including:

  • written and verbal communication skills
  • teamwork skills
  • listening and decision-making skills
  • leadership and negotiation skills
  • methods to build rapport and confidence
  • critical-thinking skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • research skills

With many opportunities to undertake study overseas, or via a study tour or internship program, the Bachelor of Arts will prepare you for global employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations and settings.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

ATAR by location

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ATAR score
Caulfield 81.00 75
Clayton 85.00 75

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences/Other

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Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration: 3 years (full time), 6 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts

Information about fees


Speciality course

Choose from the following:

Majors, extended majors and minors
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
No Group
Anthropology Clayton Clayton
Behavioural studies Caulfield, Clayton
Communications and media studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Criminology Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Film and screen studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Human geography Clayton Clayton
International relations Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Journalism Caulfield Caulfield Caulfield
Linguistics Clayton Clayton
Literary studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Politics Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Psychology Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Sociology Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Ancient cultures Clayton Clayton
History Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Indigenous cultures and histories Clayton Clayton
International studies
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
International studies
Australia in the world Caulfield, Clayton
Holocaust and genocide studies Caulfield, Clayton
International studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Islamic studies Clayton
Jewish studies Caulfield, Clayton
Languages and culture
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Languages and culture
Chinese studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
English as an international language Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
French studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
German studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Indonesian studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Italian studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Japanese studies Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Korean studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Spanish and Latin American studies Clayton Clayton Clayton
Ukrainian studies Clayton
Music and performing arts
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Music and performing arts
Music Clayton Clayton
Performance Clayton
Theatre Clayton Clayton
Philosophy and bioethics
Listed area of study Major Extended Major Minor
Philosophy and bioethics
Bioethics Caulfield, Clayton
Human rights Caulfield, Clayton Caulfield, Clayton
Philosophy Caulfield, Clayton Clayton, Caulfield Caulfield, Clayton
Religious studies Clayton Clayton

Why choose Arts?

Hear what our new students have to say about choosing an Arts degree at Monash.

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Iona Roy, Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program, Diploma of Languages (Indonesian), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics. Graduated 2011. Currently works for the Australian Government in Canberra.

Recent Monash Music graduate Simon Mavin was nominated for a Grammy Award as part of the Melbourne soul band Hiatus Kaiyote for the 56th Grammy Awards. It marks the first time an Australian band has been recognised in an R&B category at America's most prestigious music awards.

Graduate Thom Woodroofe, Bachelor of Arts (Global) was awarded an Australia-At-Large Rhodes Scholarship in 2014 to study at Oxford University in the UK. Thom has a long-held interest in contributing to community by helping to raise the voice of those who are overlooked or excluded.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Equivalent Australian Year 12


All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL N/A N/A
IB At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL N/A N/A

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

VET Diploma graduates: To be considered, applicants who have completed a Humanities or Social Science based diploma will require an average result of at least 60%. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements. 

VET Certificate IV graduates: To be considered, applicants with Humanities or Social Science based certificate IV level studies will require average results of at least 70%. For applicants who have also completed VCE, both qualifications will be considered. No credit is granted for these studies.

University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially in Humanities or Social Science areas. Applicants should have at least a 60% average in their studies. Studies must have been completed within five years of intended commencement.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: A2000

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

This is a comprehensive course, structured in three equal parts:

A. Arts listed major

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.

B. Arts specified study

You will complete a focused program of study in one Faculty of Arts listed minor area of study which, in conjunction with your Arts listed major, will give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of arts, humanities and social sciences.

In addition to your minor, a mix of other Arts electives units in this section may be taken across a diverse range of areas, or used to complete a second minor, or added to your first minor to complete a second major.

C. Free elective study

This will enable you to pursue your choice of further studies in arts, humanities and social sciences or (having met any prerequisites) areas of study from across the University. You can select from a wide range of units, allowing you to follow your interests and if you wish, to form additional minors or majors. In total up to two majors can be listed on your testamur, including your Arts listed major.

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The following progression map(s) shows you a guide of the typical sequencing of units undertaken in this course.

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Double Degrees

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

For more information visit the faculty website