Arts - A2000

Workplaces of the future need innovative leaders who can see the bigger picture, with the human-focused and transferable skills you’ll gain in a humanities and social sciences degree. The Monash Bachelor of Arts gives you flexibility and choice to tailor your degree to suit your interests, as well as our Professional Futures program to give you the skills employers seek and value. And with funded overseas study to expand your international networks and cultural agility, and dedicated teams to help you with work placement and peer mentoring, our Monash arts degree will set you up with the tools you need for career success.

What is a Bachelor of Arts?

The Monash Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive humanities and social sciences degree with a flexible course structure. Start by choosing units from 30+ areas of study, including languages, history, psychology, and sociology. You don’t need to decide on a major until your second year, giving you plenty of time to explore your interests.

Why choose Monash Arts?

There's no better place to study Arts than at Monash. When it comes to humanities, social sciences and languages, we are ranked top 50 in the world. As the largest international university in Australia, Monash offers a truly global experience with over 160 partner institutions in over 30 countries. Study with world-renowned academics, industry experts and practitioners.

Maximum choice and flexibility

With over thirty areas of study to choose from, our comprehensive arts degree is flexible, allowing you to design a unique course structure aligned with your worldview and career objectives. Increase your employability with a double degree - Monash Arts has one of the biggest ranges available, including with Business, Education, Law, Technology and Science.You can also fast track to a higher qualification with a combined Bachelor and Master’s degree in just four years.

Professional Futures

Professional Futures is a distinct, career-oriented program. Customise your own professional journey according to your career interest across four professional futures areas, and build the skills and abilities employers value and seek:

  • Innovation capability: Cultivate an innovation mindset as you develop your creative and enterprising abilities.
  • Intercultural expertise: Learn to recognise your own cultural values and biases, and build skills to thrive in globalised workplaces and communities.
  • Global immersion: Broaden your knowledge and life experience by participating in the Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG), one of our other short study trips or a semester long program.
  • Professional experience: Through industry internships and placements, create networks and skills for your career development.
Australia’s leading university language program

When you study languages at Monash, you'll be studying at Australia’s largest international university, ranked in the top 1% in the world for Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences. We offer the most comprehensive, flexible and well-integrated program incorporating language acquisition with cultural competence. Choose from a wide range of Asian and European languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean; and French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Latin American studies (within the European Languages Area of Study). Find out more about Languages at Monash.

Truly global education

Monash is the largest international university in Australia, and offers a truly global study experience with campuses in Malaysia, Italy, India, Indonesia and China. You will be part of a global community including alumni, research centres, industry partners, and non-government organisations.

Jobs with an Arts degree?

Our Bachelor of Arts graduates work across a diverse set of industries including roles within social justice, sustainability, education, politics, marketing, media, entertainment or fine arts. Our top employers include: Accenture, ANZ, Coles Group, Deloitte, Department of Education and Training, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Department of Premier and Cabinet, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, National Australia Bank, PwC, Telstra. Find out more about our Bachelor of Arts graduates and their career stories.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July) and November intake
Bachelor of Arts
Course Handbook

Areas of study

Studying the Monash Bachelor of Arts degree gives you the flexibility and choice of the 30+ areas of study below to advance your career goals.

Discover where a Bachelor of Arts can take you

With an Arts degree at Monash you will develop practical skills and a global mindset, opening up your world to endless career opportunities.

Watch this interactive video.

Meet our students

Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Languages student, Xenia Sanut, shares with us why she chose to study Arts at Monash and how her degree has prepared her for her future career.

Career paths with Monash Arts

Bachelor of Arts graduates gain universal skills that are welcome in a wide range of fields:

  • Sustainability
  • Foreign affairs
  • Gallery curating
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements (International students)

    You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

    At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

    View all minimum age requirements.

    All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

    Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

    All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

    If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

    The English measures outlined above must be completed within 3 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Courses and Units Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

    Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

    Further information can be located at English language requirements.

    All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

    You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course:

    Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

    You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

    Alternative pathways

    If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

    This is a comprehensive course, structured in three equal parts:

    Partner with another course

    Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

    Making the application

    Future students

    Semester one (February)

    Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

    Apply through VTAC

    All other applicants apply directly to Monash using course code A2000


    Semester two (July)

    Apply directly to Monash using course code A2000


    Current Monash students

    You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

    Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

    Self assess for credit eligibility

    Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


    Fees are subject to change annually.

    International fee

    Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



    We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

    Other fees

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

    Enrolment Obligations

    International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

    CRICOS code: 075404D