La Trobe University

Bachelor of Arts

Overview

Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
28 000

This degree gives you the knowledge and practical experience you need to adapt to a changing job market. Graduates work in diverse industries including media, management, social policy, education, and community development.

As well as lectures and tutorials, your classes will include a combination of seminars, online videos and podcasts providing a balance of group study and independent learning. We limit our seminar classes to 25 people to give you personalised academic guidance.

You can major in the discipline that interests you most from electives across the humanities and social sciences, including archaeology, languages, screen arts, politics, sociology and history. You can also choose a second major or a minor from other disciplines, such as accounting, computer science, economics and psychology.

We encourage you to participate in student exchange and study abroad programs, many of which are financially supported. Overseas project work is also possible through subjects like our Service Learning in the Community (SLC) elective. SLC group projects address a community need with partners like CERES Environmental Park, Banyule Community Health and Moral Fairground.

You can also gain practical career skills through our Work Ready elective, where you look at the factors influencing job trends, meet industry professionals and have opportunities for volunteer or paid positions.

You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program.

Specialisations, majors and minors

MajorsMELBENA-WMILSHP
Aboriginal studiesYes    
AnthropologyYes    
ArchaeologyYes    
Asian studiesYes    
ChineseYes    
Creative and professional writingYes    
Crime, justice and legal studiesYes    
Economics* Yes    
EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
FrenchYes    
Gender, sexuality and diversityYes    
HistoryYesYesYesYesYes
Human geographyYesYes   
International studiesYes    
IndonesianYesYes   
ItalianYes    
JapaneseYes    
LinguisticsYes    
Media studiesYes    
Modern Greek studiesYes    
PhilosophyYes    
PoliticsYes    
Psychology* Yes    
Screen studiesYes    
SociologyYesYesYesYesYes
SpanishYes    
Sustainability and developmentYes    
MinorsMELBENA-WMILSHP
Art historyYes    
Classics and ancient historyYes    
HindiYes    
Latin American studiesYes    
Theatre and dramaYes    

*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

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

English language requirement

Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at undergraduate (EFS5 (60%) UG) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne;

for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.

Career outcomes

This course doesn't just prepare you for one career - it teaches you how to create new opportunities and adapt to a changing job landscape. Your ability to think critically, coupled with strong communication skills, means you'll be ready to take on roles in administration, community development, education, human services, journalism, management, social policy and planning and social research. If you choose to do postgraduate study you can also obtain professional recognition in areas including teaching, management, marketing, counselling, publishing and media.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

28 000

Scholarships

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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

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. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

CRICOS code: 002080A