Bachelor of Arts

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  • Qualification:
    Undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
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If you’re looking for further education that will broaden your horizons, expand your communication and critical thinking skills, and open up a wide range of career opportunities, look no further than the Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University.

This dynamic course offers a choice of majors spanning traditional and humanities disciplines. Choosing from English, History, Japanese, Politics and International Relations, and Writing, you’ll be able to customise a cross-disciplinary course that suits your own interests, passions and career aspirations. You’ll also study core units in communication and digital technology, humanities and preparation for professional life, giving you a solid foundation to build the career you’ve always dreamed of.

With the versatile knowledge and transferable skills you’ll develop throughout this degree, you’ll graduate ready to take the first steps on your career path or pursue further study with an Honours or research degree. Whatever your aims, the incredible staff, facilities and resources of ECU’s Mount Lawley campus in Perth will help you prepare for your brightest possible future.


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and special entry requirements (see below).

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme.

Special Admissions Requirements: Please note that one or more of the majors of this course have admission requirements.

In this arts & humanities course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects

  • Communications and Digital Technology
  • Gods, Gossip and Genes: An Exploration of Being Human
  • Ideas, Images and Information: Taking the Humanities to the World
  • Preparation for Professional Life

English major

  • Discovering Literature
  • Literature and Social Change
  • English Grammar for Professionals
  • Children, Youth and Global Media
  • Comedy and Tragedy in Drama
  • Poetry and Passion
  • Jane Austen: Past and Present
  • From Fiction to Film
  • Australian Fiction
  • Diverse Voices in Literature
  • Biographical and Autobiographical Writing
  • [email protected]: Presentation Skills
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Cultural Matrix
  • Media and Nation
  • Global Communications
  • Media and Identity

History major

  • World History
  • Themes in Australian History
  • Modern Political Thought
  • War and Peace in the 20th Century
  • Witches, Regicides and Heretics: 14th to 17th Century Europe
  • Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • [email protected]: Presentation Skills
  • Media Relations
  • Hitler and Stalin: Studies in Power, Ideology and Propaganda
  • The History and Sociology of Genocide
  • Human Rights: Struggles for Global Justice
  • The World's Most Dangerous Places: Politics and History through Documentary
  • Criminal Underworlds: Crime and Society Since 1800
  • Revolutionary Europe 1789-1871

Japanese major

  • Japanese (Introductory 1)
  • Japanese (Introductory 2)
  • Japanese (Intermediate 1)
  • Japanese (Intermediate 2)
  • Japanese (Intermediate 3)
  • Japanese (Intermediate 4)
  • Japanese (IT Applications in Communication)
  • Japanese (Society)
  • Japanese (The Arts)
  • Japanese (Life and the Environment)
  • Japanese (Science and Technology)
  • Japanese (Travel and Trade)
  • Japanese (Media)
  • Japanese Study Abroad

Politics and International Relations major

  • Foundations of Politics and Government
  • Introduction to International Relations: The World into the 21st Century
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • [email protected]: Presentation Skills
  • Media Relations
  • Terrorism
  • Slavery: From Ancient Greece to the Modern Global Economy
  • Australian Government
  • Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)
  • Hitler and Stalin: Studies in Power, Ideology and Propaganda
  • The History and Sociology of Genocide
  • China: The Rise of a Global Power
  • Global Politics and the Environment
  • Conflict and Cooperation: Global Challenges in an Age of Disruption
  • Gods, Guns and Gridlock: Why is American Politics Different?

Writing major

  • Language and Writing
  • Creativity and Writing
  • Introduction to Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Diverse Voices in Literature
  • Biographical and Autobiographical Writing
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Authorship and Publication
  • Writing Poetry
  • Scriptwriting: Short Films
  • Media Relations
  • Writing Drama
  • Writing Therapy

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University.

Depending on their major, graduates may choose to seek employment in a wide range of professional industries within the government, corporate or community sectors, including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Communications, media, journalism and freelance writing
  • Public service
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Non-government agencies.

Graduates may also choose to further their studies with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Master of Arts by Research.

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (if eligible).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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