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

In order to complete the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours), you must complete 64 units comprising:

  • 8 units for Part A; and
  • 24 units from Part B for -
    • Single major (16 units) and 8 units of electives*; OR
    • an extended major (24 units)
  • 14 units from Part B or free electives*; and
  • 18 units for Part C or Part D

*Students may use their electives to complete two single majors from Part B or complimentary studies in other disciplines.

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 1 Semester 2
Course 1 - HUMN1100 (Part A) - 2 units Course 1 - HUMN1201 (Part A) - 2 units
Course 2 - Introductory Part B major or elective - 2 units Course 2 - Introductory Part B major or elective - 2 units
Course 3 - Introductory Part B major or elective - 2 units Course 3 - Introductory Part B major or elective - 2 units
Course 4 - Introductory Part B major or elective - 2 units Course 4 - Introductory Part B 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 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)

Plan your exchange experience         

1.      Start planning early!

You need to start preparing for exchange at least 12 months prior:

  • Visit the UQ Global Experiences website for information on eligibility, the application process, links to seminars and to read about others’ experiences.
  • Attend an information session conducted by UQ Global Experiences.
  • Refer to the BAdvHum (Hons) Exchange planner* that demonstrates how an exchange semester can be incorporated into your program. As this is a structured program you must undertake exchange in Year 2 Semester 2.
  • Consider taking one single major or extended major and saving 8 units of your electives for your exchange semester.
  • If you need help with planning your program, contact the Faculty of HaSS.

*to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge

2.      Consider Course Constraints

  • Students in the BAdvHum (Hons) must go on exchange in Year 2, Semester 2, and for the duration of one semester only, as the program is structured with core compulsory courses that are offered in specific semesters and an honours year that must be studied at UQ.
  • No student will be permitted to undertake courses towards Part A of the course list, as these courses have been specifically designed for the program and must be undertaken at UQ.
  • It is strongly recommended that if you are considering going on exchange you complete one single major or extended major, rather than two single majors and save your electives for exchange as this will give yourself the most choice and flexibility when choosing universities and should your pre-approved courses at your host university not be available on arrival.
  • For this reason you should not undertake any core compulsory courses towards your major as these courses are very difficult to match overseas and other courses often cannot be substituted for those that are pre-approved.
  • Where a core course or course towards your major needs to be included, sufficiently detailed course profiles must be provided to demonstrate that the content covered within the course is sufficiently equivalent to content studied in the course at UQ. Course profiles should include information about the extended syllabus, aims and objectives, contact hours, texts and references and assessment.

3.      Decide on a Host University

  • Where major convenors or the Faculty of HaSS have preferred hosts these are indicated on the attached list, together with any supplementary guidelines; however, other universities will be considered. If no recommendation exists for your major then your convenor, to date, or the Faculty, have not indicated any preference. You should refer to the List of Host Institutions provided on the UQ Global Experiences website, take heed of additional advice specific to host and choose those that offer courses in your desired elective areas.
  • Only universities that offer the study areas you require, whose semesters align with UQ and who can provide detailed course profiles will be considered.

4.      Applying for Exchange

Please refer to the UQ Global Experiences website for application details and deadlines. Documentation to be submitted must include the following:

  • Completed UQ Global Experiences exchange Study Plan form.
  • Relevant Host course profiles detailing the extended syllabus, aims and objectives, contact hours, texts and references and assessment for each of the courses listed on the study plan so that they can be assessed.
  • The completed BAdvHum (Hons) exchange study planner*.
    *to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge

Remember while an exchange semester is a great opportunity, you should be prepared for experiences outside your comfort zone. You may have setbacks such as approved courses not being available when you arrive, so a flexible attitude is important, and while UQ Global Experiences and the Faculty will try to assist, be ready to take responsibility for resolving challenges that arise as well as taking advantage of the exciting experiences in front of you.

Important Things to Consider

An exchange semester may add time to complete your program
  • You should understand that undertaking a semester on exchange may add up to one year onto your program subject to the prerequisite requirements of your UQ courses and the sequence of study required. Requests for program or major variations will not be approved due the completion of exchange and the scheduling of courses. It is up to you to ensure you plan your program requirements around your exchange semester.
  • If you are a student who is on a scholarship, requires Centrelink funding, or any other funding where continuous full time enrolment is required we ask that you carefully consider taking an exchange semester and be aware that subject to circumstances that may arise, when you return you may not be able to enrol full-time due to the prerequisite requirements of your courses.
International students only

As complications during an exchange semester may add time onto the completion of your program, due to stringent visa requirements international students should think very carefully before undertaking an exchange semester and if you choose to do so, plan your program and select host institutions very carefully.

Applying for credit for previous studies

If you are eligible, think carefully before applying for credit for previous studies towards the elective component of your degree. Elective courses provide the most flexibility while on exchange, so it is recommended that you keep 6 to 8 units of electives for your exchange semester.

Short Term Global Experiences

If you are unable to undertake a semester long exchange, an alternative is to participate in a short-term global experience (e.g. 4-6 weeks over winter or summer semester). Some global experiences may be for credit such as towards unspecified electives. More information is available from the Student Employability Centre website – Global Experiences.

For a print friendly version of the Exchange Fact Sheet, please click here*.

*to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge



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 degree 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 on North Stradbroke Island at The University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station, from Saturday 20 February - Sunday 21 February 2021.

Camp Activities include:

  • Excursion to Point Lookout and walk through the Point Lookout Gorge
  • Visit to Stradbroke Island Historical Museum at Dunwich
  • Tour of the Goompi Trail Indigenous cultural workshop
  • Group activity exploring Dunwich key sites on foot
  • Evening activities with student mentors

Conditions of Participation:

Spaces are limited. If you are interested in attending the camp, please complete the attached ‘CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION FORM’ and return it to Anjaline Lata via by Friday 29 January, 2021. Please also include any disabilities, or specific requirements/dietary restrictions that need to be taken into consideration in this orientation program.

An itinerary and list of items to bring is available here. Please keep luggage to a minimum as we are restricted with the amount of luggage that can be taken onto the transport, and you will be walking to the Moreton Bay Research Station from the Ferry Terminal and back again. This is a short 5-10 minute walk.

We look forward to meeting our new students at camp!