Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

Approved Abbreviation: BA/BBus

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1818.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089210K

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2017 or later.

Commencement Year 2016 - 1818.1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

This double degree program is designed for students whose interests span the Arts and Business. Study in the Bachelor of Arts component is designed to develop communication and personal skills, creativity and a capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations and problem-solving skills, attributes increasingly demanded by employers. This will be combined with a high level of knowledge in one of eight specific Business majors. There is a wide choice of eleven specialisations in the Arts part of the double degree, of which students will choose two, one as a major and the other as a sub-major. The Business majors prepare students for professional employment in the specialisation of their choice. Students complete a major and a sub-major in Arts specialisations; and a Business major in one of: Applied Finance, Economics, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, or Sport Management.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Di Dickenson

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Major MT2021 Applied Finance satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Major MT2024 Human Resource Management is accredited with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Major MT2025 International Business satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Export. Major MT2027 Marketing satisfies the educational requirements for recognition as a Certified Practising Marketer and eligibility for membership of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).


The following sets of Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies apply:

For Bachelor of Arts:

Assumed knowledge: two units of Band 4 HSC English

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

For Bachelor of Business:

Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics and any two units of HSC English.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points as prescribed in the structure below. Students who complete this award will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Business (BBus), with the Major from the Bachelor of Business component of the course noted on their testamur.

Students will complete 160 credit points of Bachelor of Arts (BA) units and 160 credit points of Bachelor of Business (BBus) units in the specialisations listed below.

Arts component

BA Core 40 credit points (four units)

100846Analytical Reading and Writing
100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions


BA Major (eight units or 80 credit points) from one of the following specialisations:

Note: Not all majors are available on both campuses.

M1113Creative Writing
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1108International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1115Music Performance
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1110Psychological Studies


BA Sub-major (four units or 40 credit points) from one of the following specialisations:

SM1116Creative Writing
SM1091Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1097Heritage and Tourism
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1120International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1047Music Performance Studies
SM1102Peace and Development Studies
SM1115Psychological Studies

Business component

Core units (compulsory 40 credit points)

The four compulsory core units that provide students with essential business knowledge are

200909Enterprise Law
200910Financing Enterprises
200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
200912Enterprise Leadership

Professional units (choose 40 credit points)

The professional core provides a focus on careers. Students are required to complete one unit from each of the four key focus areas: numeracy, career planning, innovation, and enterprise engagement, a total of 40 credit points. Students are advised to choose units that will support careers in one of three areas: Money (for majors in Applied Finance, Economics), Markets (for majors in Hospitality Management, International Business, Marketing, and Sport Management), Management (for majors in Human Resource Management, and Management). The professional units that are recommended for each of the Bachelor of Business testamur majors are specified in the majors.

Majors (choose 80 credit points from one primary Business major)

Majors for Careers in Money

MT2021Applied Finance

Majors for Careers in Markets

MT2023Hospitality Management
MT2025International Business
MT2029Sport Management

Majors for Careers in Management

MT2024Human Resource Management

Recommended sequence

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business (any Major)

Note: This progression pattern is highly recommended. Students’ progress through both degrees at the same pace, completing two units in each degree in each semester. Graduation after three years with either degree will be possible only if a student makes this decision at or before the end of year 2 and amends their progression pattern as prescribed by an Academic Course Advisor.

Year 1

Autumn session

100846Analytical Reading and Writing

BA Core unit

BBus Core unit 1

BBus Core unit 2

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

BBus Core unit 3

BBus Core unit 4

Year 2

Autumn session

BA Major level 1 compulsory unit

BA Sub-major level 1 unit

BBus Major unit 1

BBus Professional unit 1

Spring session

BA Major Level 1 compulsory unit

BA Sub-major Level 1 unit

BBus Professional unit 2

BBus Major unit 2

Year 3

Autumn session

BA Major Level 2 compulsory unit

BA Sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

BBus Major unit 3

BBus Major unit 4

Spring session

BA Major Level 2 or 3 pool unit

BA Sub-major Level 2 or 3 unit

BBus Major unit 5

BBus Major unit 6

Year 4

Autumn session

BA Major Level 2 or 3 pool unit

BA Major Level 3 pool unit

BBus Major unit 7

BBus Professional unit 3

Spring session

BA Major Level 3 compulsory unit

BA Major Level 3 pool unit

BBus Professional unit 4

BBus Major unit 8

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