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.

First year plans

The program planner tool is designed to help you understand the BA structure and select courses that may be of interest to you in your first year of studies. 

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.

In order to complete the BA program you must successfully complete 24 courses, which equates to 48 units (please note: at UQ, we call subjects 'courses' and most courses are worth 2 units each). Some of these courses will form your majors and some will be free electives where you can sample a wide range of courses offered at UQ. The first 8 units you enrol in must be from courses included in the BA Course List.

A student is required to obtain 48 units, comprising either:

The balance from electives in Part A or Part B of the Course List or other courses approved by the Executive Dean.

The Starting at UQ website provides a guide for completing your enrolment.

3+2 MASTER OF TEACHING EDUCATION PATHWAY

3+2 Master of Teaching (Secondary) Education

3+2 Master of Teaching (Primary) Education*

*Students that wish to progress into the Master of Teacher (Primary) will receive individual advice regarding their course selection. There is currently no extra information for this pathway.​

STUDY PLANNERS

Credit for General Electives:

8 Units of Block Electives

12 Units of Block Electives

16 units of Electives (6 units Intro + 10 units Advanced)

Beijing International Studies University (BISU)

Commencing Semester 2 2018

Commencing Semester 2 2019

Chulalongkorn University

Commencing Semester 2 2017

Commencing Semester 1 2018

Commencing Semester 2 2018

Commencing Semester 2 2019

East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST)

Commencing Semester 2 2018

Commencing Semester 2 2019

HELP University

Commencing Semester 1 2018

University of Indonesia

Commencing Semester 2 2017

Commencing Semester 1 2018

Commencing Semester 2 2018

Commencing Semester 2 2019

 

 

 

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:

Commenced BA 2014 Onwards

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 - Go to the online program planner tool.

Step 3 – Select your year of commencement.

Step 4 – Select ‘All years.’

Step 5 – Follow the program planner through the remaining steps, selecting your program structure; your majors; and then the courses you have completed.

Commenced BA pre-2014

(Please note, students who commence their BA program prior to 2008 should contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

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 the Global Experiences team.
  • Refer to the BA Exchange study planner* that demonstrates how an exchange semester can be incorporated into your BA program, and together with the online program planner tool to map your program. We strongly recommend undertaking exchange in Year 2 Semester 2.
  • Remember to save 6 to 8 units of 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

  • The semester that you can go on exchange depends on the majors being undertaken and their flexibility of options.
  • It is strongly recommended that you save your electives 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.
  • For this reason 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.
  • Where a core course or course towards your major needs to be included, such as a language acquisition course, 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 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 BA 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

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.

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