Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code0002
Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA
CRICOS code075404D
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT

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

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)

Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Monash Arts students learn about the diverse world in which we live, and how we might live in the future. They are encouraged to think about cultural, linguistic and geographical difference and to ask how and why these variations have occurred over time. Studying Arts encourages students to take an innovative approach in tackling world issues and fosters a global perspective. Arts students think about how communication works, how people make themselves understood to others, and how they make meaning through artistic expression. Arts students have the ability to assess evidence, and the research skills to acquire information.

To do this, they need to think critically and creatively. Arts students are self-reliant researchers, seeking out a variety of resources in order to answer complicated questions. They are expert communicators who can convey complex ideas in speech and writing. They resist easy answers, or simplistic solutions.

Arts students strive to develop an ethical and intellectual framework within which they can understand what it means to be human, and how this changes over time.

Double degrees

Student completing the Bachelor of Arts as a double degree should refer to:

  • this course entry for the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts
  • the course entry for the partner course in their double degree.

The Bachelor of Arts is available as a double degree in the following courses:

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars program
  • 0542 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachleor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0530 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3964 Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours) and Bachelor of Arts.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course as a single degree or component of a double degree it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the content, methods of investigation and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of at least one discipline, and utilise the research skills gained from exposure to several disciplines
  • demonstrate the critical ability to analyse truth claims and evidence, and utilise training and judgement to adapt skills and knowledge in different contexts
  • engage responsibly in scholarship or professional practice cooperatively with others, demonstrating a capacity to accommodate the world view of others and achieve agreed outcomes through the use of highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • devise time management practices to manage competing demands, engage in professional development and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning
  • utilise the knowledge base and methodologies of the disciplines studied in order to find innovative solutions and provide authoritative advice, in a range of contexts and in a manner appropriate to the audience.


This course consists of major and minor studies and elective units.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at level 1.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at level 3.

It is recommended that students complete level-1 sequences first as these lay the foundation for further study in an area of arts.


All students

All single and double degree students must complete the following:

(A.) core arts* studies (96 points) comprising:

(1.) an arts major (48 points)

(2.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(3.) a further four arts elective units (24 points):

  • these must be units offered by the Faculty of Arts

The major and minor must be chosen from those listed under 'Areas of study'.

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines, or an extended major in certain disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

* Note: For the purposes of meeting the requirement for completion of 96 points of arts studies, art history and theory and psychology are considered to be arts areas of study.

Single degree students only

Students in the single degree of Bachelor of Arts must in addition to the above complete:

(B.) free elective units (48 points) which can be chosen:

  • from Arts or any faculty
  • to form minors or a major
  • as individual units.

Free elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Areas of study


Bachelor of Arts