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Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts)

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Do you want to study but are unsure which areas interest you? Would you like to take a generalist course as a pathway to another university degree? Perhaps you simply need an opportunity to finish your university degree.

As a multi-purpose course designed to meet a variety of vocational needs, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts) could be just what you're looking for.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts) gives you the flexibility to design a study program to meet your personal goals or employment needs. Offering an extensive choice of subjects, this degree can provide many different opportunities for graduates.

    Subject choice

    This versatile degree draws on a wide portfolio of subjects offered across a number of CSU faculties.

    Flexible study options

    The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts) lets you study where and when you want, whether full-time, part-time, online or on campus.

    You could also choose to graduate with a University Certificate in Liberal Studies (Arts) or Associate Degree in Liberal Studies (Arts) if you decide on a shorter course of study from the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts).

    Study overseas

    From the early stages of your degree right through to postgraduate study, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. Subject to University approval, you could embark on a short study tour or take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU's partner institutions across the world.

  • Career opportunities
    The broad nature of this degree can doors in a wide variety of careers.

    Maximum career choice

    Your studies will provide knowledge and skills that are beneficial in a variety of careers and endeavours. 

    Transferable skills

    As well as discipline knowledge, you will develop valuable skills in communication, planning, research, critical thinking and problem solving. Employers across a range of industries are increasingly looking for candidates with broadly developed skill sets.

    Further study

    Combine your degree with a postgraduate qualification to prepare for specialised employment in teaching, journalism, librarianship, management, psychology or criminology.
  • Credit and pathways

    CSU Credit Regulations apply. No other special arrangments apply.

  • 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

    Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts)

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (normally equal to 24 subjects).

    • Students must satisfactorily complete COM120, Reasoning, Values and Communication.
    • Students must satisfactorily complete 1 indigenous studies subject, chosen from IKC101 or IKC102.
    • No more than 10 level 1 subjects (80 points) may be counted towards the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts).
    • At least 5 subjects (40 points) must be taken at level 3.
    • No more than 8 subjects (64 points) may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.

    Associate Degree in Liberal Studies (Arts) [exit point only]

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 128 points (normally equal to 16 subjects).

    • Students must satisfactorily complete COM120, Reasoning, Values and Communication.
    • No more than 8 level 1 subjects (64 points) may be counted towards the Associate Degree in Liberal Studies (Arts).
    • At least 4 subjects (32 points) must be taken at level 2.
    • No more than 6 subjects (48 points) may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.

    University Certificate in Liberal Studies (Arts) [exit point only]

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (normally equal to 8 subjects).

    • Students must satisfactorily complete COM120, Reasoning, Values and Communication.
    • No more than 3 subject (24 points) may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.
    Enrolment pattern

    It is not possible to specify an enrolment pattern. Students will receive written advice from Course Coordinators about the subjects that best suit their needs and interests. It will be the students' responsibility to select subjects based on this advice, subject availability, prerequisites, co-requisites and/or enrolment restrictions. Students must complete COM120, Reasoning, Values and Communication.

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Arts) must meet the following requirements.

    • An ATAR of 70 (including bonuses)

    OR

    • Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.

    OR

    • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification

    OR

    • 50 per cent completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification

    OR

    • Successful completed of a Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.

    OR

    • Two years full time (or equivalent) work experience that meets the following requirement: the ability to demonstrate the development of literacy, analytical skills, and social-historical knowledge.

    English Language Proficiency

    Standard English Language Proficiency requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    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
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJABL
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKABL
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYYEABL

    LEGEND
    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 192 points at a pass level or better.

  • How to apply
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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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    Recruitment agent

    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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    Find out more about deferral

  • 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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