What are Australia's best literary BA degrees?

The best literary Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs offer a good selection of majors in history, humanities and social sciences. They also maintain high teaching standards across disciplines.

Australian universities have been ranked using 3 criteria:

  • size of the literary arts program (student numbers)
  • course satisfaction ratings by BA graduates
  • employment and salary outcomes for graduates.

Based on these criteria, Australia's top BA degrees are at:

  1. Australian National University
  2. Monash University
  3. University of Melbourne

Source: UniversityReviews.com.au

Literary arts majors

anthropology, archaeology, criminology, curatorial studies, geography, gender studies, history, indigenous studies, information management, languages, librarianship, linguistics, literature, philosophy, policy studies, political science, religious studies, sociology

Other arts

Australia's arts universities

Arts student numbers

History, humanities and other literary arts form a cornerstone field of university study. There are large programs at most Australian universities.

Three universities had 16,000+ students enrolled in "society and culture" courses in 2014: Macquarie, Monash and Sydney. Each also had >10,000 bachelor-level students, as did Western Sydney, University of Queensland and Deakin.

Bachelor of Arts graduates often go on to further study. ANU had around 7,500 students enrolled in postgrad courses on society and culture in 2014. The University of Melbourne had 6,000 while Monash had 4,500.

University Students Bachelor Postgrad
Australian National University 12,946 5,424 7,522
Monash University 17,032 12,640 4,392
University of Sydney 16,115 11,727 4,388
Macquarie University 18,685 15,781 2,904
University of Melbourne 11,754 5,715 6,039
Deakin University 13,251 10,480 2,771
University of New South Wales 11,848 8,699 3,149
University of Queensland 12,960 10,668 2,292
Charles Sturt University 9,173 6,141 3,032
University of New England 8,161 6,112 2,049
Flinders University 7,684 5,500 2,184
Griffith University 9,065 7,462 1,603
Queensland University of Technology 7,649 6,008 1,641
Western Sydney University 12,548 11,982 566
University of Newcastle 5,684 3,603 2,081
La Trobe University 7,668 6,601 1,067
Australian Catholic University 5,926 4,382 1,544
Curtin University 6,919 5,788 1,131
Swinburne University of Technology 6,225 5,201 1,024
University of Adelaide 5,969 4,980 989
RMIT University 4,462 2,900 1,562
University of Technology, Sydney 4,491 3,061 1,430
Murdoch University 5,668 4,798 870
University of Western Australia 5,505 4,679 826
Victoria University 4,962 4,098 864
Edith Cowan University 4,489 3,764 725
University of Wollongong 4,246 3,631 615
University of Tasmania 4,306 3,725 581
James Cook University 3,731 3,115 616
University of Canberra 3,475 2,811 664
University of South Australia 3,531 2,930 601
University of Southern Queensland 3,207 2,762 445
Bond University 1,896 1,089 807
University of Notre Dame Australia 2,647 2,259 388
University of Divinity 1,509 562 947
Southern Cross University 2,470 2,164 306
Charles Darwin University 2,161 1,908 253
University of the Sunshine Coast 2,043 1,818 225
CQUniversity 1,919 1,689 230
Federation University Australia 1,075 921 154

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (21 Dec 2015), Society and Culture field

Top bachelor degrees

Here are selections for the best bachelor degrees in arts.

  • These courses are at or near the top in Uni Reviews rankings for humanities and social sciences.
  • As well as ranking highly, they are strong in areas such as course depth.
  • The University of Newcastle's program is relatively easy to get into.

Note: ATAR minimum scores for course entry are indicative only.

ANU


Canberra (ACT)

BA

ATAR: 80

Monash University


Melbourne

BA

ATAR: 81

Newcastle


Newcastle (NSW)

BA

ATAR: 60

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