Commerce / Arts - 3573

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School 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: 424100

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Major)

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

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.

It is assumed that students have a certain level of knowledge in advanced mathematics in order to cope well with the mathematical or statistical component of a business degree. If you are successful in obtaining a place without this assumed knowledge, you are strongly encouraged to consider studying a Mathematics Bridging Course before starting your degree.

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 UNSW Business School, 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 UNSW Business School courses to ensure they fulfil the 96 UOC required for the BCom component of this program.

Table A

Approved Majors within the UNSW Business School:
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Business Strategy and Economic Management
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate Studies
  • Taxation

The requirements for the BA in dual mode (96 UOC):
  • A home major stream (60 UOC)
  • A minor stream (24 UOC)
  • Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC)
Details of majors and minors available, and the Prescribed Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives, can be found on the 3409 Bachelor of Arts program page
Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
Creative Writing
Development Studies
Environmental Humanities
European Studies
Film Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Indigenous Studies
International Relations
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Media, Culture and Technology
Music Studies
Sociology and Anthropology
Theatre and Performance Studies
Minors - 24 UOC from any of the majors listed or from the following "Designated Minors"
Art History and Theory
Arts and Social Sciences
Australian Studies
Modern Greek Studies
Indonesian Studies
Italian Studies
Studies in Psychology
Women's and Gender Studies

Optional External Minor Streams
External Minors are Streams of study offered by other Faculties.
If you are enrolled in a dual award program, you cannot complete a minor stream in the same Faculty as your second program of study. Therefore the only external minors available in this BCom/BA dual award program are:
  • Art History and Theory (24 UOC)
  • Studies in Psychology (24 UOC)

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.

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".


After completion of 144 UOC including all of the requirements of the B Commerce component of this dual degree, achieving students may apply to 4501 B Commerce (Honours) to undertake honours in the area of their business major.

After completion of 144 UOC including all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts dual degree, high achieving students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the stream seeking to be further studied.

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. complete 96 units of credit in the Bachelor of Arts;
2. complete the requirements for one 60 UOC home major stream
3. complete the requirements for one 24 UOC minor stream
4. complete 12 UOC of Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives
5. complete at least 30 UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
6. specify your major/minor at the time of enrolment into Level 2
7. complete at least 48 UOC, including 6 UOC at Level 1 and 6 UOC at Level 2 in your major/minor, before enrolling in Level 3 courses.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

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 UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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tel: + 61 2 9385 2289
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