The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible degree that provides students with the optimal balance between a defined sequence of study and flexible course options. This innovative program has been designed to develop graduates with the key practical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge required to be the leaders of tomorrow.

The program will provide you with highly developed skills in written communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and interpersonal understanding. A BA graduate is someone who has gained skills and knowledge and can apply these skills in many different jobs, careers and life situations. You can choose from a wide range of majors, tailoring the degree to suit your own particular career aspirations.

Dual Bachelor of Arts

In order to complete the BA component of a dual program you must successfully complete 16 courses, which equates to 32 units (please note, at UQ we call subjects 'courses' and most courses are worth 2 units each).

Structure of Dual BA Program:

Major 1 16 units

OR

Extended Major 24 units

OR

Major 16 units
Major 2 16 units BA-List Electives 8 units Minor* 1 8 units
Minor* 2 8 units
Total 32 units Total 32 units Total 32 units
* All majors are offered as a minor which consists of an approved combination of 8 units in total, including the gateway and cornerstone courses with a maximum of 4 units at introductory level.

Exception for Psychology students doing the extended major:

Extended Major 28 units
BA-List Electives 4 units
Total 32 units

Exception for BA/BEd(Sec) students

Major 1

16 units

OR

Extended Music Major

24 units

Major 2

16 units

Music Electives

8 units

Total

32 units

Total

32 units

Visit HASS courses and programs for Information regarding dual degree programs and the relevant dual degree planner.

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: http://www.uq.edu.au/study/faculty.html?faculty=hss

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);
  • Dual degree students must consult with the relevant faculty regarding outstanding requirements for the other component of the dual.

Standard Requirements for BA Single majors:

  • minimum of 16 units
  • contain at least 2 units for gateway courses (introductory, usually at Level 1)
  • contain at least 2 units for cornerstone courses (consolidating, usually at Level 2)
  • contain at least 2 units for capstone courses (advanced, always at Level 3)
  • maximum of 4 units can be taken at Level 1 (including a gateway course)
  • students must complete a minimum of 4 units at Level 3 (including capstone courses)

Standard Requirements for BA Extended majors:

  • minimum of 24 units
  • contain at least 2 units for gateway courses (introductory, usually at Level 1)
  • contain at least 2 units for cornerstone courses (consolidating, usually at Level 2)
  • contain at least 2 units for capstone courses (advanced, always at Level 3)
  • 4-6 units can be taken at Level 1 (including a gateway course)
  • students must complete a minimum of 4 units at Level 3 (including capstone courses)

Standard Requirements for BA minors:

  • minimum of 8 units
  • contain at least 2 units for gateway courses (introductory, usually at Level 1)
  • contain at least 2 units for cornerstone courses (consolidating, usually at Level 2)
  • maximum of 4 units can be taken at Level 1 (including a gateway course)

Note that these are minimum requirements - some majors/minors have additional requirements or exceptions.

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 BA Dual Degree Exchange planner* that demonstrates how an exchange semester can be incorporated into the BA component of your program, and map your program.
  • We strongly recommend undertaking exchange in Year 2 Semester 2.
  • Remember to save 6 to 8 units of non-compulsory courses from your major/extended major/minor 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

  • The semester that you can go on exchange depends on the majors being undertaken and their flexibility of options.
  • You should not undertake any core compulsory courses (currently labelled gateway, cornerstone and capstone) 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.
  • It is strongly recommended that you save your non-compulsory courses from your major/extended major/minor and undertake these while on exchange to 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.
  • 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.

For students studying a language major

  • Undertaking language acquisition courses while overseas sometimes requires you to pass a placement test at your host institution. Be aware that occassionally a student does not achieve a level sufficiently high enough for entry into the required equivalent course at the host institution.  In such cases (mostly involving capstone courses), you may not be eligible for credit towards your language major at UQ. It may also take longer for you to complete your major on your return, due to progression prerequisites.
  • .At some institutions, it is not possible to study more than one language acquisition course while on exchange. We therefore recommend that you save some of your electives for your exchange semester so that you can undertake a combination of language acquisition and cultural courses. For example you could use the electives in your language major (often coded LTCS/SLAT/MSTU) and/or some of your program electives, to allow you flexibility and to gain the full benefits of a language immersion experience.
     

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 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 BA Dual Degree 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 non-compulsory courses of your degree. These courses provide the most flexibility while on exchange, so it is recommended that you keep 6 to 8 units of non-compulsory courses 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

 

Transferring from the BA to another UQ degree

Students can either transfer from the Bachelor of Arts into one of the below programs, or add one of the below to their BA as a dual degree.

Bachelor of Business Management [PDF]
Bachelor of Commerce [PDF]
Bachelor of Economics [PDF]
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [PDF]
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy [PDF]
Bachelor of Physiotherapy [PDF]
Bachelor of Psychological Science [PDF]
Bachelor of Science [PDF]
Bachelor of Speech Pathology [PDF]

To transfer from the BA to another undergraduate program within the Faculty, please seek advice from our Student Administration team.