Bachelor of Arts

Choose Arts at La Trobe

La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Arts is one of the most flexible degrees in Australia, offering over 30 areas of study to choose from. Our flexible course structure allows you to customise a degree tailored to your unique interests and career goals.

  • Featured in the world's top 100 universities for archaeology, history and sociology subjects.
  • Featured in the world's top 200 universities for linguistics, philosophy, communication and media studies, politics, and international studies subjects.
  • Placed in the world's top 300 for English language and literature subjects.
    (Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)
  • Prepare for employment in a rapidly changing and increasingly globalised world with our three La Trobe Essentials specialist subjects: Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability Thinking.
  • Learn from some of Australia’s most esteemed scholars and experienced industry experts.
  • Enrich your degree by going on exchange, a study tour, or participating in international project work international partnerships. Learn more
  • Meet industry professionals and find opportunities for volunteer or paid positions through our Work Ready program. This is a unique opportunity to for students to work as a team designing and implementing a projects that benefit community organisations.
  • Study at one of our regional campuses and take advantage of living, studying and working in regional Victoria through our Regional Reward.

Career opportunities

A La Trobe Bachelor of Arts degree provides you with valuable skills that are transferable across a wide range of industries and professions.

Our graduates have gone on to work in diverse careers including media and parliament, in government and non-government organisations, and in businesses large and small. Past graduates have worked at:

  • Carlton Football Club as a Multimedia Coordinator
  • Reconciliation Victoria as an Events and Communications Officer
  • The ABC as a broadcast journalist
  • The Parliament of Australia as an adviser to the Parliamentary Secretary
  • Wesley Mission as a Project Coordinator.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • think critically and analytically
  • communicate your ideas effectively
  • research and present an argument
  • apply your interests to a career.

Guaranteed entry

You're guaranteed a first round offer if you are a year 12 applicant and applying at either:

  • the Melbourne Campus with an ATAR over 75
  • a regional campus with an ATAR over 60.
Bachelor of Arts

Course structure

Choose a major that takes you to your desired career

Our Bachelor of Arts allows you to major in the discipline that interests you most, with a huge selection to choose from, such as: archaeology; Aboriginal studies; anthropology; creative writing; crime, justice and legal studies; gender, sexuality and diversity studies; history; languages; linguistics; media studies; philosophy; politics; sociology; sustainability and development; and theatre and drama.

You can add to your major by choosing elective subjects from other Bachelor of Arts majors and minors. You can also take subjects from other disciplines at La Trobe, such as accounting, computer science, economics, international relations, marketing, and psychology.

Your majors, minors and other subjects will depend on your area of interest as well as the campus where you study. If you’re passionate about two disciplines, you can take a double major.

Completing a major involves studying eight related subjects throughout your degree. You can complete a minor as well with four related subjects.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Aboriginal Studies (new)x    
Asian Studiesx    
Creative and Professional Writingxx   
Crime, Justice and Legal Studiesx    
Gender, Sexuality and Diversityx    
Human Geography (new)xx   
International Studies (new)x    
Media Studiesx    
Screen studies (new)x    
Sustainability and Developmentx    
Theatre and Dramax    
Classics and Ancient Historyx    
Latin American Studiesx    

*This major must be taken as a second major and studied alongside another area of study within Arts

Get more details on the study areas you can choose at each campus:

Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.