Bachelor degree

The only degree of its kind available in Australia, the Bachelor of Letters will provide you with a unique opportunity to study another area in the humanities and social sciences. 

Completed over two years (or equivalent part-time) you can choose from almost 40 different major and minor areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including languages, social studies, communications, politics, human rights, and international relations. You will develop an informed, critical awareness of the field you're most passionate about, laying the groundwork for a wealth of exciting careers.

Being a second undergraduate degree the Bachelor of Letters allows you to explore areas perhaps touched on in your undergraduate degree but not studied in depth, or you may like to study a completely new area of humanities and social sciences.

You will complete at least one arts major plus additional electives chosen from any of the arts areas of study (which can be used to form a second major, one or two minors, or simply as free electives). 

You will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of study relevant to your personal, professional or academic goals, and will be equipped further 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

Engineers have undertaken studies in cultures and languages of countries with which they have trade relations, computer industry professionals have found studies in philosophy (particularly in logic) helpful, and secondary teachers have benefited from developing another teaching discipline. Or you may wish to use the Bachelor of Letters to pursue your own personal goals, or as a pathway through to further research at the graduate level.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration: 2 years full-time
Start date: First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification: Bachelor of Letters

Information about fees


The Bachelor of Letters is a second undergraduate qualification that allows students to explore areas touched on in their undergraduate degree but not studied in depth, or to start studying in a completely new area of humanities and social sciences. Candidates can choose from the full range of arts disciplines and interdisciplinary programs taught by schools and centres in the Faculty of Arts.

Monash Arts students learn about the diverse world in which we live, and how we might live in the future. They are encouraged to think about cultural, linguistic and geographical difference and to ask how and why these variations have occurred over time. Studying Arts encourages students to take an innovative approach in tackling world issues and fosters a global perspective. Arts students think about how communication works, how people make themselves understood to others, and how they make meaning through artistic expression. Arts students have the ability to assess evidence, and the research skills to acquire information. They use these skills to find out why we are the way we are.

To do this, they need to think critically and creatively. Arts students are self-reliant researchers, seeking out a variety of resources in order to answer complicated questions. They are expert communicators who can convey complex ideas in speech and writing. They resist easy answers, or simplistic solutions.

Arts students strive to develop an ethical and intellectual framework within which they can understand what it means to be human, and how this changes over time.

Speciality course

Choose to major in one of:

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
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

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum entry requirements


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

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)
Apply directly to Monash using the relevant course code.

Semester two (July)
Apply directly to Monash using the relevant course code.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 0202

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 two equal parts:

PART A. Arts specified study

Students complete 8 units selected from those listed under any major, extended major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Arts including at least one Arts listed minor (24 points) in an area of study different to your Arts major from part B.  You may replace the minor with a second Arts major by using electives units available in Part A.

PART B. Arts listed major

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise 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 your major area of study.

You may replace the major with an extended major by using the elective units available in Part A.

View course maps

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

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For more information visit the faculty website