Why study sociology?

Study human social behaviour and the origins, organisation, institutions and development of human society. Explore social action and social and cultural differences. Learn how we shape our world and are shaped by it. Develop skills in research, analysis, writing, argument and thinking.

Work Recognition Program

Want to apply to university but haven't completed Year 12? Your previous work experience could make you eligible, regardless of whether you have completed Year 12 or not. Visit the Work Recognition website for more information.

Career opportunities

Teaching, social research, market research, community development, human resource management, immigration and work with youth.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


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Bachelor of Arts

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ATAR and location:Melbourne: 50.1Albury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: NA

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent3 years

Diploma of Arts

ATAR and location:Albury-Wodonga: NABendigo: NAMildura: NAShepparton: NA

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent1 year

Master of Social Work

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura

Start dates: 11 February 201911 February

Duration: 2 years full-time or 3-4 years part time.2 years

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Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

External Opportunities

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program introduces students of Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian Studies, History, Sociology and Social Sciences as well as graduates and qualified anthropologists.  For more information and to apply visit the Aurora Project website. Visa restrictions may apply for international students; consult La Trobe International before undertaking work experience.  All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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