Arts and Business - 3437

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 422050

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Arts and Business (Major)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts and Business (BA&Bus) is designed to provide students with all the benefits of an education in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative and Performing Arts PLUS study in Business. The program provides students with not only the depth (Major and Minor streams) of the Bachelor of Arts but a specially-designed Business Studies stream that will introduce you to key concepts and approaches in Business and Management. The BA&Bus can be completed full-time in Single mode (normally 3 years), in Dual mode (the equivalent of three years full-time study) or part-time. The basic requirements of the program are simple. The BA&Bus has only a depth component related to the Arts streams and the Business Studies stream.

The Depth component is:

  1. The completion of a major stream (54 UOC - 9 courses) selected from the list of BA&Bus approved home major streams
  2. The completion of a minor stream (36 UOC - 6 courses) selected from the list of BA&Bus approved minor streams.
  3. The completion of an Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective (6 UOC - 1 course)
  4. The completion of a Business Studies stream (48 UOC - 8 courses)

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The aims of the BA&Bus are

  • To develop informed understanding of human experience, human culture and human society
  • To develop an understanding of the the role of business in the contemporary world
  • To teach the tools and methods of understanding associated with Humanities, Social Science and Business 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 openminded discussion and debate
  • To foster understanding of the experiences and world-views of other times, other places, and other cultures.

The Graduate Attributes for this Program are as follows:

  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

The basic requirements for the degree are:

Single Mode (144 UOC) made up of:

  1. A home major stream (54 UOC)
  2. A minor stream (36 UOC)
  3. An Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective (6 UOC)
  4. A Business stream (48 UOC )
Dual Mode (144 UOC) made up of:
  1. A home major stream (54 UOC)
  2. A minor stream (36 UOC)
  3. An Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective (6 UOC)
  4. A Business stream (48 UOC )
Dual mode is available in 4773 Arts & Business/Law.

Home Major Streams

The following home major streams are available in the BA&Bus.

Minor Streams

All home major streams are available to be completed in minor stream ("Non-designated Minor"). There are, however, some areas of study that are only available as Minors. These are known as "Designated Minors".

Art History and Theory
(UNSW Art & Design) 
(UNSW Science)
Indonesian Studies
(UNSW Science)

NOTE: For details of individual major and minor stream please consult the relevant plan entries.

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective

An Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective is any course chosen by the student from the offerings of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Indigenous Studies courses (ATSIxxxx) cannot be studied as Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Electives.

ARTS2050 Academic Writing for the Humanities

This course is available as an Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective or Free Elective for students wishing to develop their academic writing skills. Click here for further details about the course.

Business Stream

Core Courses

Students must complete 24 units of credit of the following Foundation business courses (that is, complete four of the five courses listed):


Students must complete an additional 24 units of credit of business courses from the following lists of elective courses, including at least two Level 3 courses (courses with codes MGMT3### and MARK3###). While students may wish to choose all elective courses from one stream to gain greater depth, it is also possible to choose courses from multiple streams.

Management Component

Marketing Component

Business Law Component

General Education

Students enrolled in the BA&Bus meet the University's General Education requirement.

Award with Distinction

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


High achieving Bachelor of Arts and Business students who have successfully completed all program requirements may apply for admission to honours in the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied.

Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504

Academic Rules

Single Mode

To qualify for the award of the degree at Pass level, a student must:
  1. enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and Business and complete 144 UOC;
  2. complete the requirements for one home major stream
  3. complete the requirements for one minor stream
  4. complete a 6 UOC Arts & Social Sciences Prescribed Elective
  5. complete the requirements for the Business Studies stream
  6. enrol in 24 UOC of Business Studies stream core courses in their first 48 UOC of study
  7. complete at least 30 UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
  8. specify their major and minor combination at the time of enrolment
  9. complete at least 24 UOC in their streams before enrolling in Level 3 courses
  10. complete 120 UOC overall before enrolling in their Major stream(s) Capstone course

Sample Programs

The following sample programs are only examples of potential stream structures:


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Important Information

The Academic Rules for the BA&Bus and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre for advice.
Tel: + 61 2 9385 2289
Location: Room G1 Ground Floor, Morven Brown building (C20)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Frequently asked questions

Glossary of Terms

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