Bachelor of Arts

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 2024

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

Key facts

3 in Australia
38 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Honours option available

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B

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

Hear from our students

The most surprising thing about my course were the opportunities to travel overseas with the ANU and conduct self-directed research. I found the most personally challenging and rewarding experiences have been through my placement at AusAID as part of the Australian National Internship Program (ANIP), and an independent research project I was fortunate to complete whilst working in Bangladesh.
Lavinia , Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

My brilliant career

"Every single day there’s some kind of enjoyment and I do something that makes me realise I’ve just got the best job."
Sarah Payne , BA '95

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Fees, scholarships & apply

Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.


ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

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