Commerce/Arts - 3522

Program Summary

Faculty: Australian School of Business

Contact:  Australian School of Business Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 424001

ATAR: 96.30  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Major)

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

Need information on our business programs? Start your search at the Australian School of Business website.
Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

Important information

From Semester 1 2013, Actuarial Studies will no longer be offered as a major in the Bachelor of Commerce program. A new program in Actuarial Studies is currently being developed for S1 2013 (subject to approval).

The Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts (BCom/BA) dual degree provides students with a highly regarded business degree complemented by a second degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative and Performing Arts. For detailed information on the professional recognition this degree offers please visit Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Program Benefits:
  • Reputable business program that is highly regarded by industry
  • Prepares students academically, technically and professionally
  • Equips students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of career options
  • Connects students directly with the business community

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom component, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
The program objectives and learning outcomes of the BA component are:
  • To develop informed understanding of human experience, human culture and human society
  • To teach the tools and methods of understanding associated with Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and to encourage
  • students to perceive the relationships between these disciplines
  • To encourage the breadth of vision and critical thinking associated with interdisciplinary scholarship and research
  • To enable students to place contemporary Australian society and culture in an historical and comparative context
  • To engage critically with fundamental questions about value in both ethical and aesthetic contexts
  • To develop the skills of critical, creative and imaginative thinking about society, culture and the arts
  • To promote the techniques and value of reasoned and open minded discussion and debate
  • To foster understanding of the experiences and world-views of other times, other places, and other cultures.
Learning Outcomes

1. The skills involved in scholarly enquiry

2. The ability to engage in independent and reflective learning

3. Information Literacy - the skills to locate, evaluate and use relevant information

4. The capacity for enterprise, initiative and creativity

5. A capacity to contribute to, and work within, the international community

6. The skills required for collaborative and multidisciplinary work

7. A respect for ethical practice and social responsibility

8. The skills of effective communication

9. An in-depth engagement with the relevant disciplinary knowledge in its interdisciplinary context.

Program Structure

You should always follow the program requirements according to the year you started your degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

The requirements for the BCom in dual mode (96 UOC):
  • Compulsory core courses (24 UOC)
  • Flexible core courses (24 UOC)
  • Major requirements (48 UOC)
Compulsory core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses)
Flexible core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses). Students should choose four courses from the following list:
Major requirements: 48 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream offered by the Australian School of Business, containing at least 18 UOC at level 3. Refer to Table A. Note that the 48 UOC includes the first disciplinary course(s) in the Core (Compulsory or Flexible). This means that, for the majority of majors, students will complete 42 UOC in specified disciplinary courses outside the core. Therefore students may need to complete another 6 UOC of ASB courses to ensure they fulfil the 96 UOC required for the BCom component of this program.

Table A

Approved Majors within the ASB:
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Business Strategy and Economic Management
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Taxation

The requirements for the BA in dual mode (96 UOC):
  • A home major stream (54 UOC)
  • At least a minor stream (36 UOC)
  • A Prescribed Faculty Elective (6 UOC)
Details of majors and minors available, and the Prescribed Faculty Elective, can be found on the 3403 Bachelor of Arts program page

Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
Dance Studies
Development Studies
Environmental Studies
European Studies
Film Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Hispanic Studies
Indigenous Studies
International Relations
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Media, Culture and Technology
Sociology and Anthropology
Theatre and Performance Studies
 Minors - 36 UOC from any of the majors listed or from the following "Designated Minors"

Americas Studies
Art History and Theory
Arts and Social Sciences
Australian Studies
Creative Writing
Indonesian Studies
Women's and Gender Studies


B Com

High achieving students may apply to undertake honours in the area of their business major. Honours is an additional year of full-time study which provides students with advanced knowledge of their chosen field and develops research and communication skills. Students usually complete advanced courses/seminars and a thesis. Students interested in studying at Honours Level should refer to the relevant Honours stream record for entry requirements and contact the Honours Co-ordinator in the relevant School.

B Arts- Honours

High achieving BA students (in Single or Dual Mode) may apply for entry to Honours. Honours is an additional year of study (two years part-time) which allows a student to further explore their depth studies. It involves seminars and the completion or a research project or thesis. Those students who are considering Honours should submit an expression of interest at the beginning of Level 3 and complete a formal application at the end of Level 3. Both should be submitted to the Stream Convenor or the Designated School or Stream Honours Convenor. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied and is subject to resources and the approval of the Head of School in which the stream(s) is/are based. Honours is awarded in three classes (Class 1, Class 2 in two Divisions, and Class 3). If requirements for these classes are not met the Pass degree will be awarded if the student is not already a Graduate of the program.

Eligible students may commence the relevant Honours program only when they have completed the requirements for the equivalent of a single degree for that program (i.e. where a Arts student in a dual program would like to commence Honours they must have completed at least the 96 UOC Arts core degree plus 48 units of credit for the Commerce degree such that a total of 144 UOC has been completed).

B Arts- Minor Streams and Honours

Students can complete a research project or thesis that draws on their studies in a minor stream. This can only be done, however, when in combination with their major stream.

Academic Rules

Academic Rules relating to the BCom dual mode component
Rules relating to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Commerce in dual mode shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.

Academic Rules relating to the BA in dual mode
To qualify for the award of the degree at Pass level, a student must:
1. enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and complete 96 units of credit;
2. complete the requirements for one home major stream
3. complete the requirements for one minor stream
4. complete a 6 UOC Faculty Prescribed Elective
5. complete at least 30 UOC of Level I courses before enrolling in Level II courses
6. specify their major(s)/minor at the time of enrolment into Level II
7. complete at least 24 UOC in their major/minor before enrolling in Level III courses
8. complete 72 UOC overall before enrolling in their Major stream(s) Capstone course

To qualify for the award of the degree with Honours, a Stand-Alone or Dual student must:
1. be a Graduand or Graduate of the Bachelor of Arts
2. hold a WAM of 70 or higher in those streams they are seeking to further study
3. complete the List A and List B seminar coursework requirement for their area of study (18 UOC)
4. complete a research project or thesis (30 UOC).

Award with Distinction
High achieving students who secure a WAM of 75 across their program and who have completed at least 48uoc of their program at UNSW are eligible for the award of their Pass Degree "with Distinction".


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Professional Recognition

For further information, refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change.
Students are advised to follow requirements according to the year they commenced. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

Contact the Australian School of Business Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Ground Floor, West Wing, Australian School of Business Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
tel: + 61 2 9385 2289
location: Room G1, Ground Floor, Morven Brown Building

Related Program(s)

3502 Commerce
3538 Commerce (International)
3539 Commerce (Liberal Studies)

Area(s) of Specialisation