Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Hons)
CRICOS code041536F
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, South Africa)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Contact details or email (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton); (Gippsland); (Monash South Africa)


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.


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.

Entry requirements

Students must have:

  • completed a degree, with a major (48 points or the equivalent) in the intended honours dicipline
  • obtained at least a distinction average (70 per cent) in the honours discipline(s) to the value of 24 points at second and third year level, of which at least 18 points must be at third year level.

Please refer to the various schools/disciplines for any special requirements.

Students qualified to enter an honours program must normally do so within five years of the date on which they completed their undergraduate studies.


This course consists of 48 points of study, including a thesis.

Areas of study


  • communication


  • behavioural studies
  • communication
  • criminology
  • psychology (as an arts discipline)


  • anthropology
  • archaeology and ancient history
  • Asian studies
  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Chinese
  • classical studies
  • communication
  • 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


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).

Contact 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 per cent in each discipline) alongside coursework chosen from the two component disciplines.


The honours degree of Bachelor of Arts