Humanities are academic disciplines that study how we process and document what it means to be human, using critical and creative methods to explain where we have been, and where we could possibly go. 

The Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) allows high-achieving students to work together in a small cohort and be mentored by internationally leading humanities specialists and industry professionals.

This four-year program offers industry internships, field study and Study Abroad options. Specifically tailored extracurricular activities include a camp and a conference.

Students engage with the Faculty’s leading humanities researchers through a core suite of interdisciplinary courses and choose Majors and Honours Research Projects from: 

  • Ancient History           
  • Art History
  • Drama
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Mathematics
  • Musicology
  • Studies in Religion
  • Western Civilisation

​This program prepares students for a range of careers in academic or professional organisations including research, implementation, and policy-making positions in the public, private and cultural sectors such as: arts policy consultant, cultural development and community engagement officer, creative development researcher, cultural heritage officer, cultural advisor, creative events manager, project leader, curator, commentator, archivist. 

First year plans

To complete the program, a student must complete 64 units, comprising—

(a) 8 units for core courses; and

(b) 24 units, comprising either—

(i) both—

(A) 16 units for a major, and

(B) 8 units from the plans section; or

(ii) 24 units for an extended major; and

(c) 14 units from the plans section and/or other undergraduate course list(s); and

(d) 18 units from either—

(i) thesis research courses, or

(ii) project research courses.


A student must complete no more than 24 units of level 1 courses. 

See the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours).

Sample program planner

At UQ, a standard full-time workload is 16 units over the year – this breaks down to 8 units (or four courses) each semester.

You don’t have to decide what courses you want to do for your whole program at the start of your first semester – we only ask you to choose courses one year at a time.

So, all you need to worry about at this stage is choosing four courses for Semester 1 and four courses for Semester 2, taking into account all compulsory core courses.

At the start of the BAdvHum(Hons), you do need to choose which major you would like to undertake from Part B. By choosing a major, you can start to formulate a rough plan of what your four years of study might look like. They might look something like this:

Semester 1Semester 2
Course 1 - HUMN1100 (Core) - 2 unitsCourse 1 - HUMN1201 (Core) - 2 units
Course 2 - Introductory  major or elective - 2 unitsCourse 2 - Introductory major or elective - 2 units
Course 3 - Introductory  major or elective - 2 unitsCourse 3 - Introductory major or elective - 2 units
Course 4 - Introductory major or elective - 2 unitsCourse 4 - Introductory major or elective - 2 units

Please refer to the course list and program rules on the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) courses and program website.

Please note that the program planner is a guide only and does not enrol you in your courses, you must enrol in courses through mySI-net.

What courses do I need to do?

To ensure that students are familiar with their program rules and requirements we ask that all students complete a self-progression check in the first instance. Then if you still have questions or concerns about your outstanding program requirements the Faculty would be happy to review your progression check and provide advice. To complete a progression check please use the following steps:

Step 1 – Print out your studies report from mySI-net using the following steps:

  • Log into mySI-net
  • From the top left-hand side, menu select the option for ‘Studies Report’
  • Follow the prompts

Step 2 – Select your program from the list:

Step 3 – Select your year of commencement from the top right-hand side and click ‘Change’.

Step 4 – Go to ‘Program Rules and Requirements’ and ensure that you have an understanding of your program requirements, for example, do you need to select a major; is there an advanced level requirement etc. Once you understand your program requirements you can move to the next step.  

Step 5 - Select the green course list button on the left-hand menu.

Step 6 – Compare your studies report to the course list and tick off the courses you have completed, and note the courses you are planning to complete in the future. Ensuring that you have completed all of your compulsory courses and courses towards your major(s).

Step 7 – Once you have gone through and ticked off all of your completed courses, view your program rules and requirements again to ensure that you are meeting all requirements (e.g. overall structural requirements, advanced level requirements etc). Ensure you can tick off that you have completed (or are planning to complete) all of the requirements.

Please Note

  • To have your progression check verified by a Student Administration Officer, or if you have questions or concerns, please upload your completed check by signing in here using your UQ username and password.  Please ensure that you upload your studies report, course list(s) (ensuring you have indicated all completed courses and future enrolments), and program rules with your notes;
  • A course may only count once toward the program (including dual programs)


This Orientation Camp aims to be a friendly and fun way for commencing students in the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) and the Bachelor of Humanities / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programs to get to know one another as well as some of the UQ staff and later year student mentors. Professor Alastair Blanshard, the Program Director and first-semester course convener for The Classical World, Dr Jennifer Clement, course convener for Interdisciplinary Thinking, and Dr Karin Sellberg, course convener for Humanities and the Big Questions (a third-level course taken later in the program), will run the camp together with a team of terrific student mentors.

Students will go through their degrees together over the next four to five years and will be experiencing some challenging learning adventures, so this is a great opportunity to break the ice and become a team.

All students will receive an email with details about registration for the camp shortly after accepting a place in the program.

The camp will be held at Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre (MWCCC), from Friday 17 February - Sunday 19 February 2023.

Camp Activities include:

  • Excursion to Abbey Museum of Arts and Archaeology
  • Participate in Dragon boating at MWCCC
  • Opportunity to explore different perspectives
  • Evening activities with student mentors

Conditions of Participation:

Spaces are limited. If you are interested in attending the camp, please complete and submit the ‘CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION FORM’ form, by Friday 3 February 2023. Please also include any disabilities or specific requirements/dietary restrictions that need to be taken into consideration.

An email containing the itinerary and list of items to bring will be emailed to all participants.  Please keep luggage to a minimum.

We look forward to meeting our new students at camp!