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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts

Course code: 3920 ~ Course abbreviation: BA ~ Total credit points required: 144 ~ 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Sunway)

Course description

The broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree ask of students that they satisfy the requirements of study within the range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and communications offered by the faculty at Sunway.

Course Objectives

Students are encouraged to grasp the opportunity provided by undertaking a Bachelor of Arts to develop their imaginations and gain a broad understanding of new ideas, skills and concepts.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students must complete the following:

(a) an arts major (48 points) from either of the following study areas:


  • COM1010 Media studies
  • COM1020 Introduction to communication studies
  • COM2/COM3409 Media texts
  • COM2/COM3411 Media, culture, power - theories of mass communications
  • COM3413 Cultural and communications policy
  • COM3423 Media audiences
  • ENH2407 Authorship and writing
  • PRL2003 Public relations theory and processes


International Studies


  • PSY1011 Psychology 1A
  • PSY1022 Psychology 1B
  • PSY2031 Development and biological psychology
  • PSY2042 Cognitive and social psychology
  • PSY2051 Research design and analysis
  • PSY3032 Abnormal psychology
  • PSY3041 Psychological testing, theories of ability and ethics
  • PSY3051 Perception and personality
  • PSY3062 Research methods and theory

(b) an arts minor (24 points)

(c) another first-year arts sequence (12 points)

(d) another 12 points of arts at first, second or third-year level

(e) a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (across the duration of the degree).

Of the 144 points, 96 points must be in the structure outlined in steps (a) to (d), and the remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or from disciplines outside the faculty. This means the student can study a second major from the Arts faculty or a major (equivalent) from another faculty. A major from a faculty other than Arts usually requires the permission of that faculty.

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.

Contact details

Head of Arts: Associate Professor Dr Gil-Soo Han, email; Course coordinator: Dr Andrew Ng, email; Course manager: Kevin Tan, email