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.

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.