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The Bachelor of Arts is one of the most popular degrees at ANU, and one of the most flexible.

An arts degree is the perfect choice if you have interests in humanities, creative arts or social sciences. As a student in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, you will have the opportunity to choose from 50 majors and 80 minors that can lead to a variety of careers.

You'll have access to a range of study areas, leading academics, and opportunities for real world experience through our partnerships with national cultural, international and political institutions.

As part of your degree, you will choose at least one major and one minor. You will have the opportunity to take up an internship or international exchange using your elective units if you choose.

The Bachelor of Arts can be easily combined with most other undergraduate degrees at ANU.

Top 4 reasons why you should study a Bachelor of Arts

  1. Many of our disciplines are ranked #1 in Australia and within the top 30 in the world*. There's simply nowhere else to study, but with the best in your chosen field.
  2. No matter what career path you decide to follow, the skills you will gain from an Arts degree will set you up in every profession. Skills include critical thinking, research, oral and written communication, and the ability to understand and explain important complex national and international issues affecting our world today.
  3. You have an incredible range of choice not available at other universities - we have almost 50 majors and 80 minors to choose from, ranging from History to Criminology, or a language - a veritable smorgasbord of options to complement your varied interests.
  4. At ANU we have opportunities for you to grow as a person and in your studies - both in Canberra and abroad - allowing you to travel on exchange, complete a professional internship, or get your hands dirty and experience real research fieldwork.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Career options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts may find work in policy, government, education, international aid and development, politics, media, information technology, publishing, communications, journalism, advertising, and many other fields

My brilliant career

ANU led me to Griffin, Griffin led me to Woroni, Woroni led me to internships, internships led me to HerCanberra.

Beatrice Smith, BA '15

Hear from our students

In Latin classes, we read through a text together and take a lot of time to discuss elements that we find difficult or interesting, and share our own insights or theories.

Constance Cheetham , Bachelor of Arts

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ANU Bachelor of Arts with Prof Rae Frances

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Updated:  8 August 2023/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications