La Trobe University

Bachelor of Arts


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Build the degree you want and forge your own path.

As a La Trobe Bachelor of Arts student, you’ll learn the skills employers want, such as critical thinking, communication, complex problem solving, collaboration and teamwork. Graduate ready to find work in the arts, media, social policy, business, education and community development sectors.

Study a broad range of humanities and social science subjects taught by our nationally and internationally acclaimed academics. With over 33 majors* to choose from, including archaeology, languages, screen arts, politics, sociology and history, you can find what interests you and work towards the career you want. Benefit from personalised academic guidance in a supportive and flexible learning environment.

The Bachelor of Arts allows you to take subjects from almost any discipline and create your own unique skill-set. Add economics subjects to your major in linguistics, law subjects to your major in sociology, or a minor in art history to your major in sustainability and development. Keep your options open or specialise in your chosen area.

A La Trobe Arts degree can make you more employable. Here’s how:

  • Take advantage of work placements and international exchange programs, many of which are financially supported, with La Trobe partner universities such as Kyushu University in Japan, University of North Carolina in the US and Leicester University in England
  • Gain practical expertise with companies such as SBS Radio, the Australian Ballet, the National Gallery of Victoria, the UN Association of Victoria, CERES, Australian Students Representative Council and the AFL Players Association
  • Apply your skills on an international study tour or student exchange program. Depending on your major, you can study at over 330 universities across 54 countries.

Study your Bachelor of Arts at any of our Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses. You can also choose to divide your arts subjects across these campuses.

*Choice of majors will depend on your chosen campus.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Aboriginal studies Yes     
Anthropology Yes     
Archaeology Yes     
Asian studies Yes     
Chinese Yes     
Creative and professional writing Yes     
Crime, justice and legal studies Yes     
Economics* Yes     
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes     
Gender, sexuality and diversity Yes     
History Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Human geography Yes Yes    
International studies Yes     
Indonesian Yes Yes    
Italian Yes     
Japanese Yes     
Linguistics Yes     
Media studies Yes     
Modern Greek studiesYes    
Philosophy Yes     
Politics Yes     
Psychology* Yes     
Screen studies Yes     
Sociology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spanish Yes     
Sustainability and development Yes     
Art history Yes     
Classics and ancient history Yes     
Hindi Yes     
Latin American studies Yes     
Theatre and drama Yes     

*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.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Special consideration

A study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

The skills you’ll acquire from an arts degree are transferable across many professions. Whether in government, the non-profit sector or private enterprise, organisations everywhere place a high value on people who can think independently, understand complex problems and express themselves clearly.

Recent La Trobe Arts graduates have gone on to become journalists at the ABC, advisers to federal cabinet ministers, adviser to the Parliamentary Secretary of Australia and multimedia coordinator at the Carlton Football Club.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018. How to apply for an undergraduate degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more. For more information about the Work Ready Bachelor of Arts contact us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.