Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program, Monash University

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Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program for 2015


Why study Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program?

If you are selected for our program, you have shown exceptional academic potential. That's why we give you leeway to develop your academic strengths on your own terms. As a Dean's scholar, you can design your own personalised arts program that may differ from the standard Bachelor of Arts in both depth and range.

Dean's Scholars may be eligible for a Monash Dean's Scholarship worth $6,000 per year. You maintain your scholarship as long as you achieve a distinction average throughout the course. You will have access to a range of activities that are not offered to other students, such as seminars and special talks. You can also choose to have an academic mentor and access to your own lounge with computers, a printer and a small library.

Monash Arts connects you with internationally recognised scholars and world-class facilities. Our Matheson library has one of the world's largest collections of online databases.

As a 'faculty without borders' we make it easy for you to study overseas as part of your degree. You can study at Monash South Africa, Monash Malaysia, our study centre in Prato, Italy, or at one of our partner universities. We have students on archaeological digs in Tuscany, studying genocide in Rwanda and playing jazz in New York City. There are more students from Arts taking a semester overseas on exchange than any other university in Australia.

Our arts degrees are flexible so you can build your ideal course as your interests evolve. Or, you can commence your major from day one. Complete at least one major area of study and add elective units or a second major from arts or various other faculties.


Entry requirements

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3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Average annual student contribution
$ 6,750 AUD
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.


First Semester (March)


  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time, part-time


Faculty of Arts

Course code: 1638

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Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

Equivalent Australian Year 12.

VCE prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

International Baccalaureate subject prerequisites

  • A score of at least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.


Semester one (March)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

Study areas


Monash integrates archaeology and ancient history to offer a comprehensive approach to understanding ancient cultures, focusing on the Mediterranean. Monash is also the only university in Victoria where you can study ancient Egypt in depth with staff who conduct archaeological fieldwork in Egypt. Students look at the reconstruction of past societies and their evolution based upon all surviving data - art, architecture, religious beliefs, cultures and social structures.


In its broadest sense, anthropology is the study of all things human. It explores all aspects of humanity - everything from cultures, behaviours and communication to evolution, social structures and relationships. In recent years, there have been major social and political movements throughout the world in which people are stressing a sense of community, shared identity and assertions of difference.


Art history and theory involves a critical engagement with all types of visual expression and communication in society, ranging from the traditional fine arts such as painting and sculpture, to recent visual media such as advertising, fashion, film, and cyber-culture.


Australia in the world looks at Australia's social, cultural and political landscape. At Monash, we are renowned for our field trips, our use of interactive media, and our willingness to look beyond the myths and stereotypes and interrogate Australia in new and different ways. In doing so, students engage with a number of different disciplines including history, politics, literature, geography, international and Indigenous studies.


Behavioural studies explores the way in which humans act and interact with each other. At Monash, we focus on looking at human behaviour in the changing and challenging environment of the 21st century. Students analyse a range of historical and emerging insights about the way we behave from a variety of disciplines - sociology, culture, philosophy, biology and psychology.


The growth of scientific knowledge and technical ability in medicine, genetics and the biological sciences has led to a number of ethical problems which perplex us all, for example: is genetic enhancement of humans ethically justified? Does the fact that we can prolong someone's life in a permanent vegetative state mean that we should? The study of bioethics attempts to develop ethical thinking to keep up with advances in biomedical technology and anticipate further developments that are yet to come.


Not only is China becoming the powerhouse of the world economy, it is among the fastest growing economies in the world, and is of ever increasing importance to Australia within both government and private sectors. Students who want to study Chinese at Monash have the option of starting from a number of different entry points - whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied Chinese in VCE or overseas, there is an appropriate level on offer for you. Students can also pursue studies in the Chinese Translation stream. Chinese translation provides students with a solid foundation in basic Chinese translation and interpreting. Through exploring business and professional translation as well as basic translation, students develop language skills in both written and verbal forms, and cultural sensitivity and knowledge.


Communications focuses on the role of media in society and how this influences the way we receive communications and the way we communicate with each other. Today, we get most of our news and knowledge from mass media and social media, so it is vital that students learn about the structures of communications industries and how to critically analyse the media.


Crime is an issue that all citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. In this study area, students debate the causes of crime, the problem of crime, and how it should be dealt with. They also gain the skills to understand the complexities of crime and how to critically analyse its workings and tensions.


English as an international language provides students with a new perspective on the use of English in today's globalised world by looking at the implications of intercultural communication. Students explore the use of English in a range of contexts - academic, professional, and international.


This teaching program extends and enhances everyday ways of thinking about film and screen into more sophisticated and specialised methods and approaches. Students explore the film and screen cultures of Asia, the United States and Europe, looking at everything from contemporary popular Hollywood to documentary film, and everything in between.


French is spoken in 42 countries over 5 continents. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, the International Court of Justice, the OECD and the International Olympic Committee. Learning French at Monash gives students access to a culture with a key role in the past, present and future development of western civilisation. Students develop a critical understanding of fundamental areas of French studies, such as literature, film, philosophy and politics.


Our German program is designed for students who want to specialise in German language, linguistics and culture. Students explore each of these areas and look at how they relate to German society.


History is not simply about dates and facts, but about new ways to interpret and understand the past, allowing us to make sense of the world today. History at Monash delves into different aspects of the human experience, and considers societies and civilisations across a range of periods and continents. Students can study everything from medieval and renaissance Europe to contemporary worlds, Asian civilisations and nations at war.


Holocaust and genocide studies asks students to reflect upon why genocides take place and how people come to participate in mass violence. Students study the Holocaust as well as histories of other genocide beyond the Holocaust, including such case studies as Armenia, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Darfur. Themes studied across all genocides include: trauma and testimony; the limits of representation; the survivor experience across generations and cultures; the role of the law in adjudicating war crimes; media coverage; and the failure to prevent genocide.


Human geography investigates the changing and complex relationship between people and their environments. In this area of study, we grapple with some of the major contemporary challenges the world faces - rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, deepening poverty and rising socioeconomic inequality. Human geography examines how changing population and migration dynamics, urban development, patterns of consumption and growth, and labour markets intersect at local, national and global scales. Students undertaking this area of study will integrate skills gained from critical thinking, grounded experience and field-based learning to develop applied research capabilities necessary for professional careers in urban and regional development, community and international development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations.


Torture, hunger, terrorism, political corruption, racial discrimination - we all agree that these are some of the most serious contemporary human evils. The global effort to redress these evils has largely been organised around a framework of universal human rights. Students of human rights examine debates about the nature and legitimacy of human rights claims, and the role of human rights in the broader context of international affairs.


In Indigenous cultures and histories, students develop a good knowledge base about key issues in Indigenous societies, including the ongoing relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians, points of contestation and how this has shaped the position of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in contemporary society, and understanding Indigenous relationships to each other and the land.


Monash has been teaching Indonesian culture and language for 50 years. Our Indonesian language students come from a range of backgrounds and begin at a variety of levels - from no prior knowledge of the language to proficient speakers. Students develop knowledge of the broader social, political and cultural contexts that make up the Indonesian environment and are encouraged to engage with our community of scholars who specialise in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region.


International relations provides students with an understanding of the many aspects of contemporary global politics and economics, and a solid intellectual grounding in the key debates, historical events and political institutions that have shaped the international relations discipline. International relations at Monash specialises in four broad areas: international security studies; global and European Union regional governance; international political economy; and foreign policy.


As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours is vital. International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics. It starts by looking at the history of the 20th century and then moves to the issues facing our world as we move into the 21st century. Students can also pursue studies in one of two streams: Asian studies; European studies.


Islamic studies is taught in association with the Centre for Inter-Religious Dialogue at Australian Catholic University. Students can explore a range of different topics including Arabic language, approaches to the Qur'an and Hadith, Islamic history and leadership, and contemporary thought.


Knowledge of Italian is useful in itself, but is also essential to the study of other areas like history, literature, music, art and economics. Italian studies students at Monash explore contemporary literature, cinema and theatre, as well as medieval and Renaissance history and culture.


Communicating in Japanese requires cultural knowledge as well as language ability. At Monash, we have established ourselves as a national leader in developing innovative and effective programs for teaching Japanese. We teach Japanese from 3 entry points catering for everyone from the absolute beginner to semi-native speakers. In additional to language skills, students learn about Japanese culture and society, history, the media, and its broader Asian context.


Jewish studies equips students with an understanding of Jewish civilisation in its many aspects - language and literature, history, theology, philosophy, rabbinics, law, politics and sociology. Students can also pursue studies in a Yiddish language stream.


In journalism practice, students begin to produce real journalism from day one. The program covers the full range of production technologies - print, video, radio and online - and students are taught to reach high professional standards. As their studies progress, students build a production portfolio of published works that they can take with them to employers.


Journalism studies complements the journalism major - they are typically taken together - but you can also take journalism studies as a stand-alone area of study. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of areas including media studies, politics, economics, history and philosophy. Students learn about the context and practice of journalism in Australia and internationally, while developing skills in media research.


Did you know that Korean is Australia's second largest trading partner? This means that employers in business and trade, law firms, schools and universities, and Federal and State Governments have a need for people with Korean expertise. Teaching of Korean at Monash incorporates interactive and multimedia resources to enhance students' learning and bring Korean culture to the classroom. Students can study Korean language from an absolute beginner's level through to proficient.


Put simply, linguistics is the study of language. It looks at the structure of language, such as grammar, its meaning and how it is used, or in other words, its context. Students explore how languages differ and how they are alike, and learn techniques and principles to use in analysing any language. Examples of practical applications of linguistics include communication within organisations, the development of language policies in government and education, and intercultural communication.


Our literary studies program encompasses some of the most well-known, interesting and important poems, plays and novels of contemporary times and the past. Everything from the classic texts to contemporary works by Generation Y can be explored. Students learn to think about literature in relation to the ideas and concerns of the current time, as well as the time in which the literature was written. On graduating, students are able to research and write on a variety of challenging topics, engage with ideas, and communicate fluently and clearly in both written and oral form, setting them up for a wide range of employment opportunities. There are 3 different pathways that students can take in the Literary Studies major: Literatures in English, Creative Writing, International Literatures.


Modern Greek at Monash offers students a unique opportunity to indulge in Greek language and culture, which has exercised a significant influence on Australian society. Students explore the culture and literature of Greece over the past 200 years, as well as the rhythm of life in Greece today.


Become the complete 21st century musician by surrounding yourself with some of the finest professionals in their fields at one of the best music schools in Australia - the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Students receive one-on-one teaching to develop their solo and ensemble performance skills, and also explore composition, musicology (the academic study of music), ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures), and creative music technology.


Students with a strong musical aptitude undertaking this specialisation are expected to acquire an assured technique and an awareness of the history of performance style and practice. Students develop their stylistic understanding and interactive musical skills by performing in a variety of ensembles.


What sorts of things exist in the world and how are they related? How are the mind and matter related? Philosophy raises questions such as these about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find the answers. Students explore the notions of logic, critical reasoning, and both personal and professional ethics.


Politics is concerned with questions of power. What is it? What has it? Who should have it? Politics at university is more concerned with explaining how and why different political systems are constructed, and how they work, than surface level politics such as current affairs. Students look at what happens, but also investigate why, such as the causes of political events and hidden meanings and motivations.


Psychology draws on a range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, learning, problem solving, how we communicate, our emotions, and our social interactions. It allows us to examine how we respond to the world around us, providing valuable insights in how we can interact with the world more effectively and safely.


Is there more than what we see? It is important for all of us to acquire an appreciation of the various religions and spiritual traditions that shape our world. Only in doing so can we truly understand contemporary debates and the relationship of different religious and spiritual traditions with the modern world. Students have the opportunity to study a range of religious traditions, beliefs and theological systems within a variety of contexts.


Sociology explores people and the relationships that they have in different contexts such as families, schools and workplaces. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people live, think and feel. Students can also pursue studies in a Gender Studies stream.


Spanish is the language of over 400 million people. It is spoken officially in 23 countries, and is the second language of the US. At Monash, language classes - even beginners - are taught in Spanish, so you get to listen to Spanish from your very first class. While developing their language skills, students also explore the rich diversity of Spanish and Latin American cultures, including literature, film, music and history, allowing them to develop cultural competency alongside their linguistic skills.


Theatre focuses on the past, present and future of performance. It combines theoretical frameworks with the practical study of key themes, questions and practices. Theatre provides students with the ability to think critically, preparing them for a future where theatre and performance increasing cross genres, cultures, geographic boundaries, and modes of artistic expression.


Like all of our language programs, Ukrainian language and studies is available to students with little or no prior knowledge of Ukrainian, as well as students that are already competent. Students develop skills in written and spoken language, while exploring the culture, history, literature and everyday life in the Ukraine.

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    Monash Arts provides many pathways to fulfilling, fascinating careers. We have alumni who have gone on to win Academy Awards (Sophie Raymond), write for and about a prime minister (Don Watson) and been named a national living treasure (Michael Leunig). Others work in fields like:

    • journalism, publishing, editing, writing, electronic media, public relations and corporate communications
    • marketing, advertising, business research and analysis
    • management consulting, international trade, human resources, training and development, management and administration
    • diplomacy, foreign affairs and politics
    • urban research, environmental research and planning
    • social and community services, counselling, social welfare, social research, policy and planning
    • teaching (with an extra qualification) and education administration
    • tourism, hospitality, entertainment and leisure industries
    • performing arts (music or drama), production, direction, management and administration, film, television and video
    • library services, museum and gallery administration arts management, and event coordination
    • translating, interpreting, and voice recognition services.

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