Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Acquire skills useful in a broad range of careers, while gaining an appreciation of the true, good and beautiful.
In a liberal arts degree you gain mastery of the foundational tools of learning - learning how to think, write, and speak well - while also receiving a deep immersion in the disciplines of philosophy, theology, literature and history. Each student can choose to major in one of these four disciplines.
The BALA is comprised of 24 units: 18 core units and 6 electives. The units a student chooses to take for their electives will determine which major (or majors) they will graduate with at the end of their degree. Students are not required to undertake a major and may choose to use their elective units to broaden their knowledge across different disciplines.
Accelerate your degree...
Students can stand out from other applicants competing for the same future job by completing two degrees—an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree in roughly the same amount of time as most bachelor’s degree programs. Dedicated students can pursue this pathway by completing their bachelor as quickly as 2 years instead of 3 by taking up to 5 units in semesters 1 and 2 (i.e. one unit above the standard full-time load), and completing summer and winter units subject to availability. It is a demanding pathway but it allows successful students the possibility of commencing a higher level degree (honours or masters) at the same time the majority of their peers are only entering the 3rd year of their bachelor.
Students have the option to revert to the normal 3-Year standard pathway at the end of any semester if you want to change pace.
Join a vibrant and connected learning community.
Allow yourself a
few years of strategic
general study before
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Once in a life time opportunity to spend
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Work hard and
complete the entire Bachelor's degree
in 2 years.
Delivery Mode: On Campus
Credit Points: 240
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Starting Semesters: 1 & 2
Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts (standard track) are expected to receive a notional OP of 12 or Selection Rank of 74.
BALA Course Structure
THL171 - Christian Thought and the Liberal Arts
HT101 - A Map of Time: An Introduction to History
LIT101 - Great Books of the Western World I
PHL103 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHL100 - Logic
PHL104 - Philosophy and Science
HT102 - The West: Culture and Ideas
LIT102 - Great Books of the Western World II
LIT200 - Classical Literature and Drama: Greece and Rome
PHL210 - Ancient Philosophy I
HT241 - History of Christianity
CS116 - Christian Foundations for Work & Vocation I
LIT201 - Medieval and Renaissance Literature
PHL220 - Ancient Philosophy II
THL190 - Early Christian Theology
HT242 - History and Theology of the Reformation
CS216 - Christian Foundations for Work & Vocation II
THL201 - Medieval Theology and Philosophy (can count towards a Philosophy major)
THL271 - Trinitarian Theology
THL301 - Christian Thought and Contemporary Culture
THL396 - Research Project in Theology
PHL201 - Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy
PHL202 - Social and Political Ethics
PHL203 - Moral Philosophy
PHL303 - Metaphysics
PHL304 - Modernity & Secularisation
PHL396 - Research Project in Philosophy
HT212 - War and Peace: 1914 - Present
HT213 - Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century
HT256 - Holocaust: History and Memory (can count towards a Philosophy major)
HT385 - Philosophies of History (can count towards a Philosophy major)
HT396 - Research Project in History
LIT190 - Creative Writing
LIT235 - Modern Literature
LIT226 - Australian Literature
LIT216 - The Works of Shakespeare (can count towards a Drama major)
LIT346 - The Bible as Literature (can count towards a Theology major)
LIT396 - Research Project in Literature
DM120 - Introduction to Dramatic Performance
DM211 - Expressive Forms
DM220 - Advanced Dramatic Performance
DM285 - Contemporary Drama
DM397 - Research Project in Drama
LA350 - Liberal Arts Internship