Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Approved Abbreviation: BA(DeansSchol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1655.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 071557G

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 2013 or later.

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.

Commencement Year 2012 - 1655.3 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2010 and 2011 - 1655.2 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2008 and 2009 - 1655.1 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

For successful completion of this award students must complete the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core, an 80 credit point major, a 40 credit point sub-major and 60 credit points of electives.

The Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholars) degree will provide you with the opportunity to participate in a tailored mentoring and advanced academic study program. Throughout the degree you will develop superior knowledge and confidence to graduate a step ahead in your career. This degree has been designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of key disciplines within the Bachelor of Arts. Throughout the degree, you will be invited to participate in the academic and research life of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts including symposia and academic seminars. Through regular meetings with senior leadership staff at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, we will help you plan your studies and opportunities to explore further advancement at UWS.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time. Classes are generally offered during the day. For progression requirements consult UWS policy on the web at:

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.


Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English at Band 4.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

ATAR of at least 90.

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre.

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 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 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Core units.

Core Components

The 40 credit points core is made up of

Year 1 Core units

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

BA Dean’s Scholars Students must also complete the following units

100961Humanities Internship
101955Honours Foundation

Students must also complete either:

80 credit point Major from the list below (see ''Majors''), plus

40 credit point Arts sub major in a different discipline area to their major , plus

60 credit points of elective units.


the 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology (which includes the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core units) plus 60 credit points of elective units



Students not taking the accredited sequence in Psychology must complete at least one of the following Majors.

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements; M1060 - Chinese, M1062 - Japanese, SM1078 - Chinese and SM1080 - Japanese. Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1050Psychological Studies


Note: Not all sub-majors are available on all campuses

SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1051Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1050Indigenous Economics
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1069Psychological Studies

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective unit/Arts sub-major unit

Spring session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective unit/Arts sub-major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective unit/Arts sub-major unit

Elective unit/Arts sub-major unit

Spring session

Major unit

Major unit

Humanities Internship

Elective unit/Arts sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Major unit

Elective unit/Arts sub-major unit

Elective unit

Elective unit

Spring session

Honours Foundation

Major unit

Elective unit/Arts sub major unit

Elective unit

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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