Degree structure

Degree details

Bachelor of Arts Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor Degree qualifies individuals who apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts will have: 


  • a broad and coherent body of theoretical knowledge about culture, history, media and society in one or more disciplines in the Humanities such as History, Sociology, Creative Writing and Literature, Journalism, Islamic Studies, Public Relations, and/or creative industries such as Media Production
  • knowledge of the principles and practices of research in the Humanities and their application in a range of public and professional contexts, including how these are produced, studied, communicated and received
  • knowledge of the key questions about culture, media and society and how ideas develop, evolve and vary in their manifestation
  • knowledge of cultural competence, global awareness and a sense of social justice, enabling them to use knowledge and understandings for ethical reflection directed towards life-long enquiry and civic engagement.


  • cognitive and conceptual skills to question, investigate, critically analyse and apply their knowledge to the study of culture and society, past and present
  • cognitive and research skills to investigate, gather information, critique and synthesize knowledge in the interpretation and creation of knowledge in relation to culture and society in general, with depth in specific disciplines such as History, Sociology, Creative Writing and Literature, Journalism, Islamic Studies, Public Relations, and Media Production
  • skills in communication and creative expression, enabling students to articulate their ideas, work independently and with others to produce innovative outcomes and solutions, relevant in their social and cultural contexts, within a wide range of challenging careers. Bachelor of Arts problems with intellectual independence
  • communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas

Undergraduate students completing the Bachelor of Arts will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in diverse public, professional, creative and/or scholarly pathways: 

  • using initiative in research, thinking, theories and methods to resolve a question or problem
  • making reasoned decisions based on verifiable information and evidence
  • exercising critical, ethical, creative and imaginative thinking in making decisions
  • using initiative in adapting and applying their knowledge productively with reference to relevant social and cultural contexts
  • assessing and using both primary and secondary research sources and materials
  • communicating professionally and creatively through oral, textual, visual, digital and/or interpersonal modes enabling them to contribute to the production of ideas and social and cultural development.

The Griffith University Bachelor of Arts develops student skills as they progress through each level of the degree. You will have the communication, analytical and critical thinking skills for a dynamic career in a wide range of industries.  Depending on your choice of majors, you could pursue a career in management, leadership, journalism, public relations, policy making, research and analysis, writing and communications or a higher degree in a discipline of your choice. You may also be eligible to apply for entry to a graduate teacher preparation degree which may lead to further career opportunities in education and teaching.

Higher education via OUA

  • Successful completion of the Humanities Pathway


  • At least 2 OUA undergraduate units or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0, completed in the last 12 months at the time of application for admission

Secondary education

An OP of 15, a Rank of 66 or an ATAR Score of 61.85*

*These scores/rankings apply to this program for 2018. Until this information is updated in early 2019, applications will continue to be assessed using the requirements listed above as a guide.

Work and Life

More in depth information regarding Griffith entry requirements can be found at the below website:

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. For further information please contact the Open Universities Australia Officer, Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith University.

A prospective student who has previously completed or partially completed a degree, may be eligible for a CSP and may also be eligible for credit transfer. For more information, please visit the following web page:

Be prepared for a future career as an innovator, communicator and creator. With our innovative majors you can tailor your degree to both your professional pursuits and your personal interests, creating a unique skill set that could help you secure your dream job.

You will gain the understanding, insight and skill to find and communicate creative solutions to important world issues. You will develop advanced writing and presentation skills as well as research and project management skills. You will also learn about societies and cultures, past and present.

You will have the option to develop specialist expertise in contemporary fields such as journalism and public relations, or more traditional fields such as sociology, history and literary studies to name some.

Recommended Study Pattern

This degree is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of subjects that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this degree. To commence the Pathway for this degree, simply select subjects from the Pathway stream below.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways are recommended to follow this study pattern:

  1. Start with the level 1 core subjects
  2. Choose a major sequence and complete all level 1 subjects first
  3. Complete level 1 elective subjects chosen from the recommended electives list below the majors, or any other subject from the program not already selected.
  4. Complete the subjects from your level 2, then level 3 major sequence
  5. Complete level 2, then level 3 elective subjects chosen from the recommended electives list below the majors, or any other subject from the program not already selected.

The two majors below do not have a list of level one subjects that must be followed. Students who wish to complete one of these majors must choose at least one level 1 subject from the relevant discipline before moving on to their level 2 major subjects.

  • Literature
  • Sociology

Award Requirements

A student must complete 24 subjects or their equivalent, comprised of the following elements:

  • The degree will normally be of three year duration for full - time students. Part time students enrolled prior to 2016 may take up to 10 years to accumulate subjects towards the degree. However part time students commencing from 2016 will have 8 years to accumulate subjects towards the degree.
  • At least eight subjects must be Griffith University subjects studied via Open Universities Australia
  • A student must complete four core subjects at Level 1, and one core subject at Level 2
  • A student must complete either one or two major sequences of six subjects each from Art History, Chinese Language, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, History, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, Public Relations, Screen Culture or Sociology, with at least two subjects at 3rd year level in each major
  • The remaining elective subjects for the degree can be made up from a combination of Level 1, 2 and 3 subjects
  • A maximum of ten subjects can be taken at first year level over the entire degree
  • A minimum of six subjects must be taken at third year level over the entire degree.
  • Note: In accordance with the University's Credit Transfer Policy and notwithstanding the amount of credit which may be given towards the Bachelor of Arts, a student undertaking this program is required to completed a minimum of 8 subjects of second and third year level offered through Griffith University which are part of the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements which have not been credited towards another award.

This degree offers you the opportunity to specialise in:

  • Art History
  • Chinese Language
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Literature
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Screen Culture
  • Sociology

Students are required to register with Griffith University for this award by completing a registration for a study plan by paying the required fee. The non-refundable $150 registration fee is payable when the registration is submitted.

The $150 fee is not applicable to students who have accepted a Commonwealth supported place.