The arts and humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture, context and achievement. They extent a vast range of subject areas and huge timeframes, investigate the many different ways in which humans have pursued to understand and express themselves throughout history.
Subjects that fall within arts and humanities include languages (both ancient and modern), literature, philosophy, religious studies, history, anthropology, linguistics, history, theatre, art history and theory, classical studies, music, creative writing, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, visual culture (including film and television), women’s studies, politics, international relations, development studies, archaeology, journalism, and media and communication, to name but a few. Many Australian universities can offer undergraduate students a choice of over 50 diverse subject majors when they enroll on a Bachelor of Arts!
At undergraduate level these subjects would be studied within the Bachelor of Arts, an extremely flexible course that allows you to study courses from different subject areas, if you wish, and build a degree that’s unique to your interests, academic strengths and future career goals.
A Bachelor of Arts in Australia offers international students the chance to take a wide, more liberal arts approach to undergraduate study. When you enroll on a Bachelor of Arts in Australia you declare a ‘major’ subject. You then have the chance to take ‘electives’, subjects from outside your major. This makes it relaxed to combine the study of different subjects, in some cases even from fully different academic areas – you may be able to take Commerce or Science courses within a BA.
Postgraduate study in these subjects can be started within a traditional Master of Arts, a program intended to strengthen, deepen and grow a student’s knowledge in a subject – generally a subject that they have already studied to bachelors level.
There are also, however, a choice of specific and professional Masters programs on offer, including Master of International Relations, Master of Strategic Studies, Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, Master of Creative Writing, Master of Arts and Cultural Management, Master of Art Curatorship, and Master of Publishing as well as many more.