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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Humanities)

Course code: 1712 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Psych&Hum) ~ Total credit points required: 144 ~ 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only; Singapore)

Multimode (Gippsland)

Course description

The construction of major and minor sequences in this course enables students to undertake specialised studies in humanities and social sciences in other disciplines to complement their learning in psychology.

Course objectives

As well as developing the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge and the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in various humanities, arts and social science disciplines, this course gives students opportunities to develop an understanding of psychology as a scientific discipline and to appreciate the role it plays within society as a whole.

Course structure

Areas of study

The arts major may be chosen from Australian Indigenous studies, communications, history-politics, philosophy, sociology or writing. For information on majors and minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Students must complete the following:

(a) a psychology major (54 points)

(b) an arts major (48 points)

(c) two additional first-year-level arts sequences (24 points)

(d) a further 12 points of arts (first, second or third-year level)

(e) a minimum of 36 points at third-year level.

Note that no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

Professional recognition

The major sequence in psychology is a common program offered on the Caulfield, Clayton and Gippsland campuses by the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited major comprises 10 six-point units: nine core units and one elective unit. Some third-level electives may be undertaken in second year, providing prerequisites and corequisites are met.

Students who wish to complete requirements for registration with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) may use one of their elective units to complete the additional unit. Unit details for the psychology major can be found under `Units from other faculties recognised as arts units - Psychology' earlier in this section of the handbook.

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