This program is the perfect choice for students interested in the humanities, visual arts, languages, archaeology and anthropology, music, pacific studies, economics or the social sciences. An Arts degree will give students the necessary flexibility to adapt their knowledge and keep ahead of the changes that everyone faces in their careers. It also gives students skills for life - critical analysis, research, written and oral communication. These skills are being increasingly recognised by employers as providing them with their greatest assets - employees who can adapt to and help shape change, who can think laterally, apply knowledge and express themselves clearly.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. There may be prerequisites or levels of assumed knowledge for individual subjects particularly science and language subjects


144 units, of which: a maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000 level courses; a minimum of 84 units must come from the completion of 2000 and 3000 level courses. The 144 units must include: 48 units from 1 Arts major; 24 units from 1 Arts minor and 24 units from other courses offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences or listed in any Arts major, minor or specialisation; or 48 units from a second Arts major and 48 units from elective courses which may be offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences or any other College.

Subjects you can Study:

Ancient Greek; Ancient history; Anthropology; Arabic; Archaeology; Art history; Art theory; Asian studies; Australian Indigenous studies; Biological anthropology; Chinese language; Contemporary Europe; Criminology; Digital humanities; Development studies; Economics; English; Environmental studies; European history; French language and culture; Gender, sexuality and culture; Geography; German language and culture; Hindi language; History; Human rights; Indonesian language; International communication; International relations; Italian language and culture; Japanese language; Korean language; Latin; Latin American studies; Linguistics; Mathematics; Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies; Music; Pacific studies; Persian; Philosophy; Political science; Psychology; Sanskrit language; Sociology; Spanish; Thai language; Urdu language; Vietnamese language

Study Pathways:

Credit may be granted for equivalent studies as appropriate at other universities.

Further information:

This program can also be incorporated into a double degree through the Flexible Double - Arts, Social Sciences group, Flexible Double - Law group, Flexible Double - Engineering and Advanced Computing group. This program can also be incorporated into a Flexible Vertical Double Degree - Postgraduate business, humanities and social sciences group and Postgraduate law group.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00120C

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra 80 Yes Full time 3 years
Canberra 80 Yes Part time 6 years

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