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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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CSU's Bachelor of Arts (Honours) builds on analytical and critical thinking skills in a specialised field chosen by the individual student, enhancing communication and research skills and preparing for further postgraduate study.

  • Why study this course?

    After completion of the three-year Bachelor of Arts, students may undertake a fourth year of full-time study (or two years part-time) in Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology and graduate with Honours. Like the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is offered on campus and online. A mid-year intake is also available.

    Students qualified to enter the Honours program should consider its advantages, particularly the development of higher level analytical skills and enhanced expertise in research and communication. Completion of an Honours degree is also a prerequisite for admission to a postgraduate research degree.

  • Career opportunities
    Graduates with a good academic record will also be eligible to apply for entry to a research higher degree, such as the Doctor of Philosophy.

    Honours are offered in the disciplines of Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    In the disciplines of Art History, English, and History students are required to complete three subjects (64) in their chosen discipline.
    In the disciplines of Philosophy and Sociology students are required to complete four subjects (64).
    Students seeking to undertake Honours in Indigenous Studies, Policy Studies, Politics, Community Development and Human Services will undertake the Humanities and Social Sciences subjects as listed in the course structure.

    Art History
    ART401 Theories of Criticism (16)
    ART402 Reading Subject (16)
    ART403 Art History Honours Project/Dissertation (32)

    LIT401 English Honours Project/Dissertation (32)
    LIT411 Literary Criticism (16)
    LIT414 Literature Reading Subject (16)

    HST401 History Honours Project/Dissertation (32)
    HST411 Theory and Method of History (16)
    HST412 Reading Subject (16)

    Humanities and Social Sciences, including Indigenous Studies, Policy Studies, Politics, Community Development and Human Services
    HSS401 Humanities and Social Science Honours Project/Dissertation (32)
    HSS402 Reading Subject (16)
    HSS403 Theory and Method in the Humanities and Social Sciences (16)

    PHL405 Philosophy Honours Project/Dissertation (32)
    PHL411 Metaphysics and Epistemology (16)
    PHL416 Special Topic in Philosophy A (8)
    PHL408 Special Topic in Philosophy B (8)

    ^Students may not enrol in both PHL403 Social Justice and PHL409 Theories of Justice.

    SOC411 Advanced Sociological Theory
    SOC413 Reading Subject (16)
    SOC421 Sociology Honours Project/Dissertation (32)
    SRM500 Social Research Methods

    Enrolment pattern
    The enrolment pattern for students is not prescribed. Students are advised to contact their Course Coordinator for further details.
  • Admission information

    This program is available to applicants who have been awarded or who are eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Charles Sturt University or equivalent. Applicants will normally be required to have a major in their proposed Honours disciplinary area, and to have attained a credit average or better in the second and third level subjects of the major.

    Acceptance into the Honours program is subject to the approval of the discipline coordinator and is at the discretion of the Head of School in which the discipline is located.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIALZ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJALZ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKALZ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEALZ

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    012496E (Wagga Wagga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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