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The honours degree of Bachelor of Arts

Course code: 0003 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Hons) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Berwick; Caulfield; Clayton; Gippsland; South Africa)

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

Honours is a prestigious program comprising a fourth year of coursework and research after the completion of a relevant undergraduate pass degree. Students choose a topic and undertake research working with a carefully selected supervisor who provides individual guidance and academic counselling.

Course objectives

Honours students extend their undergraduate knowledge in a specific area of the humanities and social sciences through in-depth research, building upon their skills in the areas of research, analysis, writing and other forms of communication.

Course structure

Areas of study


  • Communication


  • Behavioural studies
  • Criminology
  • Psychology (as an arts discipline)


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology and ancient history;
  • Asian studies
  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Chinese
  • Classical studies
  • Comparative literature and cultural studies
  • Comparative cultures
  • Drama and theatre studies
  • English
  • European studies
  • Film and television studies
  • French studies
  • Geography
  • German studies
  • History
  • Indonesian studies
  • International studies
  • Italian studies
  • Japanese studies
  • Jewish civilisation
  • Korean studies
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Professional honours in social research
  • Psychology (as an arts discipline)
  • Religion and theology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American studies
  • Ukrainian studies
  • Visual culture
  • Women's studies.


  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Cognitive science
  • Communications
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Psychological studies
  • Sociology
  • Writing.

Monash South Africa

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • International Studies

Course requirements

Students must complete 48 points, including a thesis, to qualify for the honours degree of the Bachelor of Arts. Honours studies may be taken as single honours (a single discipline over one year of full-time study), double honours (two disciplines over two years of full-time study) or combined honours (two disciplines over one year of full-time study). Students should speak with the honours coordinator from the relevant school for discipline specific requirements.

Combined honours

Combined honours may be undertaken, provided that all honours requirements have been met in both disciplines. Application to undertake combined honours must be made with the support of the school honours coordinators of both disciplines. Combined honours normally take the form of a joint dissertation (50% in each discipline) alongside coursework chosen from the two component disciplines.

Contact details or email (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton); (Gippsland); (Monash South Africa)