Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) provides students with a rigorous and stimulating intellectual program in which they engage with western philosophy, history, literature, politics, art and culture, and develop a deep understanding of the great works, ideas and movements within the western intellectual tradition in the core of the program. Students also take a major in one of Drama, English, History, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Theological Studies, or Visual Arts. The degree fosters skills that prepare students for leadership roles in the private and public sectors including government, business, social enterprise and the Arts. Offers will be made to applicants based on high ATAR results and will also be assessed against other criteria, namely " Ramsay Attributes" (i. e. potential to make a positive contribution in Australia and the world as demonstrated through resume, references and a personal statement). ACU is offering 30 scholarships to students undertaking this degree, funded by the Ramsay Centre, each valued at up to $90,000 ($30,000 per year of the degree). Students eligible for scholarship will be selected by a committee, comprising senior ACU and Ramsay Centre staff. Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship, will need to meet the essential requirements for admission to the BAWC: Provide details of their academic achievements, leadership experience and community engagement activities using the Applicant Resume Form; Provide a 1000-1500 word essay in response to the following question: How should champions of Western Civilisation reply to its critics today?Attend an interviewThe Applicant Resume Form and essay response should be uploaded as a part of the application to study. Scholarship applicants will also: be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident at the time of application; in the ordinary course: complete year 12 in the year of application; orhave completed year 12 in the year preceding the year of application;


240 credit points.


  • Ancient languages
  • Arts
  • Biblical studies
  • Business studies
  • Church history
  • Communication
  • Creative practice
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Epistemology and hermeneutics
  • Ethics and applied ethics
  • Geography
  • Global studies
  • Graphic design
  • History
  • History of philosophy
  • Literature
  • Logic
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Media production
  • Metaphysics
  • Moral theology
  • Music
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Politics and international relations
  • Secondary education
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Studies of religion
  • Study of religions
  • Teaching mathematics
  • Technology
  • Theology
  • Visual arts
  • Youth work

Standard entry requirements

Applicants must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent: New South Wales Prerequisites: English (Advanced) (Band 2) or English (EAL) (Band 4) Entry into this course is based on a combination of a written submission (personal statement essay), an interview and academic performance. Applicants are assessed on a combination of: written submission of a personal statement,ATAR-Selection Rank including adjustment factors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or equivalent, andinterview. *Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
North Sydney (MacKillop) No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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